The trend for luxury candles has gone on the up-and-up in recent years.
But an expert has revealed the common mistakes you might be making – which will stop you from getting the most out of your expensive scented candles.
Julie Bonin, from Paris-based brand Diptyque, said you should always leave your candles burning for two hours the first time you use them – as this means the candle will last longer.
She also explained why you should trim the wick, as well as re-centering it after each burn, in order to stop black smoke from accumulating on the glass.
Julie Bonin, from Paris-based brand Diptyque, says you should always burn candles for about two hours the first time you use them, in order to make them last longer
To get full use of your candles, Julie revealed why you should always burn them for at least two hours at first.
Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, she explained: ‘This is to allow the top layer of wax to fully melt, ensuring even burning when next lighting it.’
Meanwhile, many regular candle users will be aware of the problem of unsightly soot stains appearing on the glass container after a while.
Julie said you should remember to re-centre the wick after each burn, in order to ‘prevent the wick from shifting and blackening the glass’.
You should also make sure to trim the wick, ensuring that it’s no longer than 2mm in length
She added that you should trim the wick to ensure it isn’t any longer than two millimetres in length.
‘The longer the wick the quicker your candle will burn, so trimming it will make it last longer,’ Julie explained.
‘It also prevents black smoke from occurring and ensures the glass isn’t over-heating.’
The trend for luxury candles has exploded in recent years, as evidenced by supermarkets such as Aldi getting in on the act.
The trend for luxury candles has exploded in recent years, with Aldi getting in on the act. The supermarket’s Jo Malone-inspired candles (pictured) sparked a frenzy earlier this year
Earlier this year, the German supermarket sparked a frenzy for their Jo Malone-inspired candles, which cost just £3.99 each – in comparison to the £44 price tag on the designer version.
The candles, available in Pomegranate Noir, Freesia & Pear and Lime, Basil & Mandarin, proved to be so popular they soon appeared on eBay for up to seven times the price.
Aldi has now made the limited edition candles a permanent fixture on shop shelves, due to their popularity.