Our candles are carefully fashioned from natural, renewable materials - all of which have purely botanical origin - and the wax we use is manufactured from soy beans. Natural plant waxes are the luxurious eco-friendly alternative to cheaper paraffin wax, a non-renewable product of the petrochemical industry. What’s more, soy wax candles don’t produce the potentially dangerous soot particles that paraffin wax can. The wicks we use are woven from natural cotton and are metal free. Finally, and we believe most importantly, our scents are blended from the purest essential oils. Whilst there exists a mind-boggling array of inexpensive synthetic fragrances, we opted to use precious essential oils, capturing as they do the essence of original plant fragrances, along with their special therapeutic properties. This all-natural approach, therefore, allows us to create luxurious candles that are better for you… and for the environment.
We create all our candles, lovingly, by hand which means that, in short, each one is different and special in its own right. We carefully check that all candles are filled to a minimum level, but some will get a little more wax than this. The top surface of our candles may occasionally be slightly uneven; this, however, is merely further reassurance of the human touch.
Using our candles
We love our candles and we’re sure you will too, but most importantly we want to ensure you enjoy them as safely as possible. The UK Fire Service has put together comprehensive advice and we recommend you give this resource attention; check out http://www.fireservice.co.uk/safety/candles. It goes without saying that, when burning, candles will become hot, and so too may containers, particularly those of metal construction. Be careful when lighting candles and ideally light on a flat surface rather than when holding; bear in mind that heat from a lighter flame or match can quickly transfer through metal or glass to your fingers. Always place candles on a heat-proof surface (e.g. a suitable candle plate or saucer) and don’t pick up when hot.
Flickering or sooty flames
– these can be caused by drafts or an overly long wick. In either case, extinguish the candle and allow it to cool. Then simply move to a draft-free location (if necessary), trim the wick to 4mm long, and re-light.
– wick ends, occasionally, develop what look like tiny mushrooms. This is simply a soot build-up and happens when the candle has been left to burn too long. To promote an even flame, simply extinguish, leave to cool and trim the wick as before.
– container candles are designed to create a “burn-pool” which goes right to the edge of the glass or tin. It takes between one and three hours for this to happen, depending on conditions, but if the candle is used repeatedly for short periods it may tunnel its way downwards, leaving a wall of un-melted wax. To reduce tunneling, we suggest allowing your candle to burn longer next time. The increased heat inside the container as the candle burns closer to the bottom will generally help melt away “tunnels” before the candle is finished.
An old fashioned blow will certainly put your candle out, but this technique runs the risk of splashing wax around your home so we don’t recommend it. Nor do we recommend the macho approach of grabbing the wick between two moist fingers. A candle snuffer is a safer way to go!
Cleaning up afterwards
When your candle has burned away to nothing, you may wish to re-use the glass. Our container candles are set within traditional whisky tumblers, the perfect receptacle for a nice single malt or an old fashioned cocktail. Simply prise off the metal wick retainer from the bottom of the glass then put the tumbler in the freezer for an hour or two. This encourages any remaining wax to pull away from the sides. Finally, wash in the dishwasher and enjoy. Cheers!