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Article: 6 helpful ways to get the most out of your soy wax candle

Rebecca Pitcher Wild Mint Tin Candle
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6 helpful ways to get the most out of your soy wax candle

We pride ourselves on crafting really well made candles, which burn cleanly and evenly and we want you to get the absolute best from them.  To help, we've put together a list of 5 easy tips to make sure you get the most time and enjoyment from your soy wax candle.

1. First use burn time

To maximise the burn time of your candle, you should allow it to burn for 3-4 hours on the first use.  This creates a good burn pool (the melted bit) which means that next time you burn the candle, it should melt right to the edges of the jar and you shouldn't have any excess wax left on the side of the jar.

2. Wick care

Always trim your wick to 0.5cm each time you light it.  This prevents the wick getting over-long, curling over, burning unevenly and too hot, and generally ruining your lovely candle. You can buy special wick trimming tools but to be honest I just pinch it off with my fingers, or to keep your hands clean, use scissors!

3. Keep the melt pool clean

Make sure you remove any debris from the wick or matches from the melt pool.  This will keep it burning cleanly and prevent the wick from getting over heated and too large

4. How to store your candle

Natural wax is susceptible to changes in temperature, with excessive changes causing the wax to expand or shrink over time.  We advise you to keep your candles out of direct sunlight, away from humidity and at a stable room temperature.

5. Little and often

After the first burn, light your candle for shorter periods of time, always allowing it to set fully between burns.  This ensures you get the most burn time out of the wax, and remember you get the best scent throw from a candle after it has been blown out! So enjoy for an hour or two, then blow it out and enjoy even longer!

6. Move it around the house

Now this tip is a bit deceptive as it doesn't actually make your candle last longer, but it does help you enjoy the scent for longer.  Our noses are clever things and when they smell the same scent over and over again, they stop sending the scent signals to your brain to prevent overload.  (Ever wondered why someone who wears the same perfume day in day out can't smell it anymore, resulting in them adding more and more each time until its totally overpowering?) So the best tip we have is to trick your clever nose by moving your candle to a different room, enjoy it in the office today, or perhaps the kitchen the next day, with a trip to the entrance hall livening it up for a while.  You will experience the scent in a new way and get even more bang for your buck.

I hope these 6 clever hints and tips will help you enjoy your Rebecca Pitcher candle even more.  Whilst we are on the subject, i just wanted to give you a little bit of a background as to why we use soy wax for our candles and how we are making sure they are sustainably produced.

Why we use Soy Wax

Compared to traditional paraffin candles, natural wax is considered to be much better for humans, pets, and also the environment.  Paraffin wax is petroleum based, whereas our candles are made from soy wax so you do not get the associated petro-carbon soot when it burns. It also has a fantastic scent throw and the wax has a cooler burn pool, meaning that your candle will burn longer.

It's sustainable, renewable, biodegradable, washable (just use soap and water to remove) and generally just brilliant, what's not to love? 


We are very concious of the non-responsible production of soy bean products in some parts of the globe, which is why we have ensured that the wax we use is produced with the utmost respect for the environment.  Crafted from responsibily sourced soybean oil, farmed in Europe, our wax is both GMO-free and vegan-friendly.

So now you know how to get the best from your candles, why not have a little look at the the fragrances we have on offer here

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