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Top Tips to Get The Most Out of Your Products

Over the years, before I started my business, I'd wasted so many candles, that hadn't burnt well with half the wax left in the jar and know many friends that have had the same experience!

I really had no idea that there were ways to look after them and prolong their life. That there were tricks to getting a longer lasting smell from reed diffusers. At Yummy Home our products are made with love and we really want our customers to get the best out of their purchases, so with that said, lets dive into some top tips to get the most out of your products.

Candles

Did you know that the first burn is the most important?! I know, it seems odd but it's really key that the candle wax is allowed to pool to the edge of the glass on the initial burn.

This is because wax has a memory, so if your candle doesn't burn to the edges, it will begin to tunnel and won't burn evenly the next time. This results in wasted wax and not getting the hours from your candle. So just make sure you allow enough time for the wax to pool to the edge.

If your wax didn't get to pool to the edge, you can try to gently swirl the melted wax around to cover the un-melted wax. The heat from the melted wax should melt the remaining wax.

Another tip is to keep your candle on an even surface so the wax can melt evenly. Just notice if one side is pooling before the other and turn the jar around.

So that's the wax, now the wick!

If needed, after the first burn, trim your wick to the ideal length of ¼ inch to ensure the flame doesn’t burn too high and to stop your candle from burning too fast. However do not trim the wick too short or it will be drowned in the wax and won’t have enough air to stay alight.

Also make sure none of the trimmings remain in the wax. Debris in the wax can cause the flame to flicker too high, which causes the mushrooming of the wick. If the wick does mushroom, gently remove the mushroom before you light again.

Our wicks are made from cotton with a paper core, so you do need to be gentle and should be able to nip the top off of the wick with a small pair of scissors. Do make sure the wax has fully solidified from the last burn, to prevent any trimmings sticking to the wax.

Very occasionally the wick may keep going out, this can be solved easily. When lighting the candle, allow the match flame to melt a little of the wax and then carefully pull a little of the wax up the wick. That should do the trick.

Some other general tips include ideally burning your candles for four hours each time and not more than once every 24 hours to prolong the life of the candle. Burning for more than four hours can cause the wick to form a mushroom and a mushrooming wick makes the wax burn faster and so you get less hours out of your candle. 

Don't worry too much, a mushrooming wick is pretty normal, especially if you burn your candles for hours on end, but just nip the mushroom off before you burn again to get the most efficiency from your candle.

Oh and moving air can disturb the flame, so keeping the candle away from airstreams like open windows or AC vents and fans is crucial. Even with a clean burning candle like ours, air interruption can cause staining to the glass jar and a faster burn.

A final point is to try and keep your candle wax from collecting dust. Either use a lid, but then you won’t get the gentle waft of the scent even when unlit, or use the candle often to stop dust from building up. As a general rule, avoid wiping inside and messing around with the wax and wick too much.

Burning a candle with care will give you the best out of your candles and really does make a difference :)

Reed Diffusers

Most people will open their new reed diffuser, set it up and barely touch it until its near empty and find that the smell was only strong at the beginning.

Reed Diffusers do need to be managed to maintain their effectiveness. These products work by the scented oil being released into the air via the reeds, the oil travels up the reeds and the aroma is dispersed through their small pores evaporating into the air and leaving the aroma molecules behind.

However, If the pores get over saturated, they can get blocked and no longer release the aroma and also if the liquid become stagnant the oils can settle and be less effective.

It is therefore important to follow the instruction on how to use.

We recommend using half of the reeds provided when you first set up your product.

Turn these reeds every week or two and giving the container a swirl to reinvigorate the oil.

Then replacing the reeds with the other half when the liquid is at the halfway mark and continue with the weekly turning and invigorating.

This should help you to always have a fresh smell and get the best from your product.

Room Sprays

These little treasures require very little effort to maintain their aroma.

Just a gentle shake before use will help to reinvigorate any stagnant oils.

Spraying techniques are simple, just spray high and at a distance to allow the molecules to drop from a height and fill more space.

 

So there you go...follow these simple tips to get the best use of your products and the most enjoyment you deserve.

 

With love, Amina x