How to use candles for relaxation, energy and even sexy time!
The right scent for the right time according to a candle pro.
There's nothing like a candle burning to make you feel warm and cosy. But the flicker of a candle flame can do so much more than that.
You see, certain scents have been shown to promote particular feelings including sleepiness, energy and even sexiness. All it takes is choosing a candle with the right scent and lighting that baby up at just the right times.
Here, ECOYA General Manager, Claire Barnes explains ...
Claire Barnes - GM of Ecoya and one very savvy woman.
What do professional candle burners know that us newbies don't?
Professional candle burners know to trim a candle wick before every lighting. Yep. Every single lighting.
"The wick only needs to be approximately 6mm in length," says Claire.
"Keeping it this length will avoid mushrooming, which can result in unnecessary soot. This also controls the size of the flame allowing you to get the most time out of your candle," she adds.
Claire says those who know candles know to only burn a candle for three hours at a time.
"This will ensure the ideal fragrance throw and this allows the candle to burn right out to the edge of the vessel," says Claire.
One candle can change everything. Two - well, who knows what beauty will come your way.
"If the burn pool doesn’t reach the very edges on your first burn that’s okay, by the second or third burn it will reach the edges and continue to burn down in that way."
Did you get that? Read it twice and it will make more sense. At least, it did to us.
Also - Claire recommends candles made of soy wax. Soy wax burns 30 per cent cooler than paraffin or paraffin blends, meaning that your soy wax candle will always last longer, says Claire.
"Our favourite motto is cleaner, cooler, longer," she says.
"Soy wax and beautifully trimmed cotton wicks are the secret," she adds.
Q. How can fragrance update your home office space or work desk space?
Fragrance has proven abilities to provide mental clarity, so dressing your workspace up with a candle not only provides a stylish addition, but also a tool for greater productivity, says Claire.
She recommends sticking to neutral fragrances (as not to offend any workmates with differing preferences to you - yes, we mean you Karen!).
Instead, she suggests you opt for something uplifting such as Coconut & Elderflower, an invigorating scent that is sure to inspire and get the creative juices flowing.
Trimming wicks. Do it right and you'll get much more out of your candle. Promise.
Q. How do you select a scent that suits the room?
Fragrance brings personality and dimension that can almost become an extension of your personal brand and the essence of your home. We all know that. But you have to choose carefully.
There is nothing better than walking into a home that smells amazing, it says that the person living there cares about their space and who they share it with.
But, and this is an important but ... there are no rules in fragrance.
"It does ultimately come down to personal preference," says Claire.
All the same she adds that, "We can suggest some of our fragrances that lend themselves to some rooms over others."
For living spaces, we suggest burning neutral and comforting fragrances such as French Pear, which is non-invasive and welcoming for guests.
In the kitchen, we like to burn fragrances that balance out less pleasant cooking odours such as Vanilla Bean, a rich fragrance which tends to neutralise overpowering smells.
Floral fragrances are often well suited for the bathroom, our Sweet Pea & Jasmine fragrance provides an uplifting elegance perfect for this space.
For the bedroom, stick with fragrances which have calming properties such as our iconic, Lotus Flower, which is sensual and promotes relaxation, says Claire.
A flickering flame, a warm scent and everything is better yes? We think so.
Q: How to choose between a candle and a diffuser?
When choosing between candle or diffuser, remember candles need space to ‘breathe’ so are not always appropriate for small, enclosed spaces, advises Claire.
"Diffusers can be more appropriate for areas where there is airflow such as an entrance way," she says.
"Diffusers are also suited for bathrooms so you can enjoy a consistent fragranced air." Sweet.
Q. What common mistakes do people make when burning candles in their home?
Not trimming their wick! We can’t express the importance of maintaining a short wick to get the most out of your candle.
It is also really important candles are not burnt when there is 10mm of wax or less remaining in the jar. Although it is tempting to continue burning your candle until the wax is gone, we strongly advise against this as the flame needs a solid base of wax to avoid overheating the glass jar.
And one last thing to remember, says Claire.
"Candles involve a naked flame and they do need to be treated with caution," she says.
Ecoya caramelised walnut and amber anyone? Yes please.