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How to care for a candle in 5 simple steps

How to care for a candle in 5 simple steps

 

Whether you prefer a woody or a floral smell, candles are always calming, invigorating treats that give your home a special ambience. Polkra candle pots adorn with the work of artist Katie Scott whose botanical paintings are rich odes to English gardens and London parks - while Polkra scents, engineered by True Grace, are hand-picked for our customers.  Our range of natural waxes include cotton, rose, oud, fig and a smell inspired by freshly cut grass, all burning for 45 hours. That being said, like most good things, a full 45 hours of fragrant bliss requires maintenance and care.

 

1. MAINTAIN AN EVEN WAX

When lighting your candle for the first time, burn until an even layer of wax has melted across the entire surface.  Doing so prevents tunneling and sets the tone for an even burn throughout your candle’s life (we hope your Polkra pot lives many lives after its done burning)

2.  TRIM YOUR CANDLE’S WICK

Do you own wick trimmers?  Most people don’t. But in fact trimming a candle’s wick is vital after burning.  Wick trimmers can be bought online and a few seconds of trimming enhances the effects of your candle - don’t “burn” your money!

3. STORE YOUR CANDLES WISELY

Efficient burning means the flame is not flickering, teardrop shaped and upright. Store your candles in a cool enough place, away from dust. Condensation on the surface of a candle is a sign it has not been stored correctly, or it’s been stored for too long. Make sure to wipe condensation away with kitchen paper before lighting.  

4. YOU’VE GOT A LOVELY CANDLE - USE IT!

Use your candle in due time. Keeping candles for too long can affect the scent, so use your candle within a reasonable timeframe, making the most of its existence.

5. GET THE AIR FLOW RIGHT

If soot forms on the inside of vessel, wipe with a clean damp cloth, trim your wick and relight.  Sometimes strong drafts will affect your candle’s burn, as will excessive heat. Your candle will respond best to a room with air flow, enabling its beauty to circulate around your space.


 

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