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Candles and You

By John Arthur Subscribe to RSS | January 4th 2012 | Views:

The U.S. National Candle Association reports that annual retail sales of candles are estimated at $2billion. Approximately, more than 1 billion pounds of wax are used annually to produce candles; 75-80% of this is made into scented candles. Scented candles are a favourite because it can be used in almost every room in the house as well as spa centres, hotels, and other public areas. The scent, colour, cost and shape of candles are important factors consumers consider when they buy candles; majority of them say that fragrance is the most important characteristic in their candle selection.

What Can Candles Do for You?

The steady increase in candle purchases is due to several factors. Some of these reasons are listed below:

• Aesthetic value

o Focal point of interior décor, beautiful decorative pieces, great centrepieces during holidays or special events

o To make a room feel more comfortable, cosy and sweet-smelling

o To create a warm and romantic ambience during dinners or while soaking in the bathtub

• Aromatherapy, relaxation, stress relief

o Soothing to the body (nose and brain)

o Essential oils produce a healing aroma

o Helps a person unwind

o Provides a calming sense of wellbeing and peace of mind

o Some natural scents from essential oils subtly help in relieving migraine headaches and indigestion

• Great gift ideas for all occasions

o Widely acceptable and highly appreciated

o Gifts: holiday – 76%, housewarming – 74%, dinner party – 66%, thank you – 61%

• Odour neutralisers

o To get rid of bathroom stink

o To mask odours in the kitchen

o To remove strong, unpleasant smells in certain places such as pet food storage, kennels, and feeding areas

• Religious or ritual purposes

The Art of Burning Candles Properly and Safely

Candles are safe products but they can be a safety risk when not properly used or attended to. Like everything else, they can last longer when they are properly cared. Here are some candle safety rules and simple, practical and common sense tips to preserve your candle’s life:

• Candle Safety

o Keep burning candles within sight. Never leave them unattended.

o Keep burning candles away or far from anything that easily catches fire, such as draperies, books, papers, beddings, etc.

o Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, fans, etc.

o Keep candles away from children’s and pet’s reach.

o Trim wicks to ¼ inch before lighting the candle.

o Use specifically designed candleholders which are heat-resistant.

o Place candleholders on a stable, heat-resistant surface.

o Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.

o Extinguish burning candles a couple of inches before they burn all the way down.

o Keep burning candles at least 3 inches apart from each other.

o Do not extinguish candles with water to avoid wax splatter and breaking glass.

• Candle Care

o Store candles in a cool, dark and dry place.

o Use a dry or water-dampened piece of nylon or soft cloth to rub and clean a candle’s surface.

o Remove wax dripping from candleholders by running hot water over them or placing them in the freezer.

o Remove wick debris, dirt and other objects that may have fallen into the candle’s wax pool.

o Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax dripping from candleholders.

o Avoid placing candles in areas where they are directly exposed to sunlight or harsh indoor lights.

o Extinguish candles after 2 hours of burning, trim the wick, and let the wax cool down before re-lighting.

You’ll know that a candle is properly and safely burning when you see a calm and steady flame, when there is no flickering or smoke, and when there are no flare ups or leaping flames.

Naturally Made Candles for You

At Wyck Luxury Candles, we aim to provide you with the best ingredients for your candles – great for your senses and friendly to our environment. That’s why we use only natural materials and methods to be true to our family philosophy. We don’t mass produce or use automated machines because we believe in individually hand-pouring, scenting, and packaging every candle. It’s our way of sharing our passion and appreciation for trusting in us and our luxury candles.

If you’re looking to buy online candles with soothing fragrances and naturally manufactured, then visit us at Wyck Luxury Candles. Contact us today and let’s discuss which scents and candles suit your needs.

John Arthur - About Author:
Wyck luxury natural candles are individually handmade in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales using sustainable waxes. As one of the premium candle suppliers, Wyck offers a variety of candles that can be bought online including scented candles.

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