Incense

Loose Incense

I love burning loose incenses to cleanse a room and I find that in these times of uncertainties the air is so dense and heavy and really affects me. Incense burning not only cleanses a room but also makes me feel lighter, shedding anything I need to, the effect after incense burning is a bit like the aftermath of a shower after a heavy hot day.

I create a little ritual and do this at least once a week.

My creations

Loose incense blends, these are used on top of a charcoal disc and are blends of resins, gums, flowers, herbs and essential oils that melt in the heat and release beautiful warming scents that cleanse the room/ house but also act in a gentle and uplifting way for the person using them.
This particular blend is Alchemy and was created under the influence of the new moon of Gemini, it is all about transformation but also holds roses and rose oil and reiki healing to support the heart and be gentle and loving.

Wooden wicks, a love hate affair…

I recently discovered wooden wicks and have created some candles with wooden wicks, I have also bought some candles with wooden wicks as they seems to be all the rage.

The pro’s:

  • The candles look great, different, alternative
  • wooden wicks are still fairly unusual
  • the wick crackles
  • the flame looks different
  • there’s a soothing hypnotic effect
  • slower burning than a traditional wick

The cons:

  • wooden wicks can be tricky
  • the wick is larger than a cotton wick
  • the candle will be very slow burning
  • the candle doesn’t burn hot enough for the fragrance to release
  • you can end up with a pool of melted wax that your wick drowns in (you then need to remove some of the wax to allow the candle to burn properly)
  • wooden wick candles have a lot more leftover wax at the end.

Candle Safety

Used correctly, soy candles can add beauty and atmosphere to your home, however it is important that they are handled in the right way to prevent accidents. Here are some general candle safety guidelines:

  • Soy candles require a slightly larger wick than paraffin candles and proper burning and care of the wick is essential to ensure safety.
  • The wick must be trimmed to 0.25cm – 0.5cm before each lighting to prevent the flame from becoming too large and the wick from smoking.
  • The maximum recommended burn time is 3-4 hours per burn. Candles allowed to burn for longer than this may smoke.
  • If the flame smokes it must be extinguished and the wick trimmed to 0.25cm – 0.5cm before relighting.
  • Never touch the surface of the container while the candle is lit – extinguish the candle and allow the candle to cool before touching.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Always read and follow manufacturer’s instructions supplied with candles and candle holders.
  • Burn out of reach of children and pets.
  • Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer. Do not blow them out. Never use water to extinguish a candle.
  • Ensure candles are placed at least 10cm (4ins) apart and allow headroom above the candle for the heat to disperse.
  • Ensure candles are burned away from other sources of heat such as television sets and away from direct sunlight.
  • Candles should be burned in an area free from draughts as draughts will cause a candle to burn uneven and smoke.
  • Never let the flame of a container candle touch the container surface.
  • Remove all packaging and labels before use.
  • Place candles on a suitable heat-resistant surface to prevent damage to furniture.
  • Ensure candles are burned in an upright position.
  • To avoid damage to surfaces, always place candles and candle holders on a surface that will not be damaged by heat e.g. ceramic tiles or plates. Table mats are NOT suitable.
  • Do not move candles when lit or the wax is still liquid.

Discontinue use when 1cm of wax remains at the bottom of the container.

Candle safety

Used correctly, soy candles can add beauty and atmosphere to your home, however it is important that they are handled in the right way to prevent accidents. Here are some general candle safety guidelines:

  • Soy candles require a slightly larger wick than paraffin candles and proper burning and care of the wick is essential to ensure safety.
  • The wick must be trimmed to 0.25cm – 0.5cm before each lighting to prevent the flame from becoming too large and the wick from smoking.
  • The maximum recommended burn time is 3-4 hours per burn. Candles allowed to burn for longer than this may smoke.
  • If the flame smokes it must be extinguished and the wick trimmed to 0.25cm – 0.5cm before relighting.
  • Never touch the surface of the container while the candle is lit – extinguish the candle and allow the candle to cool before touching.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Always read and follow manufacturer’s instructions supplied with candles and candle holders.
  • Burn out of reach of children and pets.
  • Extinguish candles with a candle snuffer. Do not blow them out. Never use water to extinguish a candle.
  • Ensure candles are placed at least 10cm (4ins) apart and allow headroom above the candle for the heat to disperse.
  • Ensure candles are burned away from other sources of heat such as television sets and away from direct sunlight.
  • Candles should be burned in an area free from draughts as draughts will cause a candle to burn uneven and smoke.
  • Never let the flame of a container candle touch the container surface.
  • Remove all packaging and labels before use.
  • Place candles on a suitable heat-resistant surface to prevent damage to furniture.
  • Ensure candles are burned in an upright position.
  • To avoid damage to surfaces, always place candles and candle holders on a surface that will not be damaged by heat e.g. ceramic tiles or plates. Table mats are NOT suitable.
  • Do not move candles when lit or the wax is still liquid.

Discontinue use when 1cm of wax remains at the bottom of the container.