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The Complete Guide to Candle Care

The Complete Guide to Candle Care

There’s something special about a cozy candle filling the room with your favorite fragrance.  Helping create the perfect atmosphere for your home is part of what motivates us at Antique Candle Works to make unique handmade candles in order to give you the best experience possible. 

However, like any candle, they need some care after they leave our studio.  It’s super easy to make sure you get the most out of your candle or wax melts, so I’ve put together a master guide of all the candle care tips and tricks you need to know for your Antique Candle Works candle!

 

  1. How to Get the Most out of Your Candle

Learn the basics of Candle Care 101 with the best practices to maintain the quality and life of your handmade candle.  This includes the importance of the first time lighting your candle, proper storage, wick trimming, cleaning soot, and extinguishing your candle.  Check out these easy-to-follow tips!

 

  1. Candle Care: Play it Safe!

Trying out new candle fragrances is fun, but it’s important to always stay safe while enjoying your candles.  This includes ideas such as “The Candle Bubble” and “Watch that Wick.”  This blog details four simple ways you can always make sure to keep safe while burning any of our Mason jar or antique candles!

 

  1. Soy Melts and How to Use Them

Antique Candle Works doesn’t just carry candles; we also have soy melts in every one of our unique fragrances!  Knowing how to use these soy melts, or wax tarts, is important to get the most out of every wax cube that comes in each shell container.

 

  1. How to Remove Wax Melts

Wax melts can sometimes be a little tricky when it comes to getting rid of a used scent in your burner, or if you just want to change up your fragrances.  So, we’ve found two mess-free ways to clean out your old tarts before you replace them with a brand new yummy scent!

 

  1. How to Clean out Candle Jars

This blog concerns the care of your candle once you use up all of the yummy smelling soy wax!  Mason jars and vintage jars are so cute and great craft or décor pieces, and our candles just so happen to come in these vessels.  So, if you don’t want to just throw out your leftover candle, follow this simple guide or infographic to cleaning out your candle jars that has been tried and tested by Brittany (the owner) herself!

 

If you have more questions about candle care, or candles in general, check out our Answering Your FAQs blog that addresses some of the most common questions we get from our friends!

 

Haven’t found your favorite Antique Candle Works fragrance or need to find one for a gift?  Do not worry!  Follow our full candle guide or visit our candle guide blog, A Scent for Everyone.  We have 18 unique scents, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for you!

 

 

 

Photography by Ashley from Our Modern Antebellum, HJ Creative Photography, Jennifer from The Grace House, and Hannah Christine Photography

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Answering Your FAQs

Answering Your FAQs

At Antique Candle Works, our goal is to provide you with the best candle experience possible.  Not only does this involve your experience with our actual candles, but we also strive to give you a pleasant experience when ordering and receiving your favorite fragrances!

 

On our Customer FAQ page, we answer some important questions to keep you informed about Antique Candle Works!  Some of these questions are in regards to antique candles, candle fragrances, and even how to store your candle.  We’ve also put together a series of blogs that can aid you with cleaning out your old candle jar, using and removing wax melts, and so much more. 

We are always happy to help with anything our friends might need, so we’ve put together three tips based on some commonly asked questions!

 

Why did my candle tunnel after I burned it?

The most common reason for a candle to tunnel is that it was not burned long enough the first time it was lit.  The first light of a candle is very important in ensuring a clean and even burn the next time your light it.  When you receive your new Antique Candle Works candle, be sure to let it burn long enough to allow the melted wax on the surface to reach the edge of the jar, which could take a few hours depending on the size of your candle. 

If your candle tunneled, the next time you light it be sure to allow the wax to melt across the surface and around the tunneled area.  For more helpful tips, check out the blog “How to get the Most out of Your Candle!”

 

I’m having trouble with the 15% off coupon from the email subscription.

When you become our friend on the Antique Candle Works emailing list, you receive a special 15% off coupon for your first time purchase!  This coupon arrives directly into your inbox after you confirm your subscription.  However, you must confirm your subscription from an additional email to be officially added to the list and to use the 15% off coupon. 

If you are having trouble finding your coupon code, check to make sure you did confirm subscription in another email.  This coupon doesn’t necessarily have to be used on your first purchase, but it is a one-time only coupon that can only be used on one order. 

If you haven’t had a chance to become our email friend, you can sign up here to keep up to date with the candle studio and be the first to know about sales, promotions, and even new fragrances!

 

My candle order is a gift.  Can you include a message?

Of course!  We have many people create an order to be shipped to a loved one as a gift!  If you let us know at the end of your order that your purchase is a gift (where you can add any additional notes), not only can we include a special message, but we will also make sure to not include the receipt with pricing information in the package.  When you add this note to your order, simply write what you would like us to write and we would be happy to include any message you like in this special gift!

If you’re thinking about sending an Antique Candle Works candle as a gift, check out our easy to follow gift guide to help you pick out the perfect fragrance for your loved one!

 

If you have any questions about anything Antique Candle Works, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help assist you!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Ashely from Our Modern Antebellum and HJ Creative Photography

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How to Remove Wax Melts

How to Remove Wax Melts

A few weeks ago, we discussed our hand poured wax melts and how great they can be as an alternative or pairing to our soy candles.  We described what they are and how to use them safely and efficiently.  The small wax cubes really are an amazing way to fill your home with sweet, floral, fresh, or any of our fragrances that you and your family love!

So, now that you know how to use the soy tarts, you’ve probably got one warming in the melter right now!  This is great!  Your house smells wonderful and you have that fuzzy feeling you get when you smell your favorite scent.

However, you start thinking that maybe you want to swap your Clean Cotton melts for some Apple Pickin’.  You can’t mix the cubes because that would make the Apple Pickin’ fragrance weaker, so how do you remove the used wax from the burner?

Here are the top 2 tried, tested, and mess-free Antique Candle Works wax melt removal hacks:

 

1. Ribbon

After your wax cubes are completely melted, shut off your warmer and carefully place one end of a ribbon into the wax. 

Allow the wax to cool completely and harden.  Once the wax is solid, simply lift it out using the ribbon.  If the solid disc breaks apart while lifting out the wax, simply pick out the broken off pieces.  Super easy and mess-free!

 

 2. Cotton Balls

Turn on your tart burner and melt down the wax. 

Once the wax is completely liquefied, add 1 or 2 cotton balls to the melting dish (generally, 1 for every wax cube). 

The cotton balls should easily soak up most of the wax.  Once the wax is absorbed, throw out the cotton balls, wipe out the dish, and replace with a new fragrance!  

While these hacks are great methods for clean wax melt removal, sometimes they may leave behind a little bit of wax still in the dish.  If there are left over bits of wax, gently scrape them out with paper towel. 

However, if you have built-on wax or residue, simply use a bit of rubbing alcohol and a clean cotton ball to wipe out the dish.  If that doesn’t work, you may have to break out a magic eraser.

 

I hope these hacks have been helpful!  Our soy wax melts fill any home with amazing fragrances just as well as any of our candles, and our goal is to provide you with the best possible experience using them.

 

Let us know what you think of these tips and which one is your favorite!  Or if you have another method that works for you, share it with us on Facebook or in the comments section below!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Jennifer from The Grace House and HJay Creative Photography

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How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting: Simple Cozy Charm

How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting: Simple Cozy Charm

As you may know, here at Antique Candle Works we strive to achieve that popular farmhouse look in our Mason jar and antique candles.  It’s a style that is pure and simple—just like us.  I recently connected with our friend Martha from the Simple Cozy Charm blog who also adores farmhouse design and shares an appreciation for our soy candles!

 

For Martha, it all started a couple years ago when her oldest of three daughters went off to college.  With a husband who travels for a living and the realization that in a few years they would be ‘empty nesters,’ she was concerned about how to handle this new transition.  So, she decided to focus on her love of decorating and push forward in hopes of “finding a new beginning.”

 

Her home is evidence that farmhouse style came naturally to Martha.  With early roots on a farm and a house on a quiet lake, the country life is home!

 

I feel like many of us can relate to one of Martha’s favorite aspects of decorating: shopping!  I know I always love browsing the home goods section!  She also loves that a big part of interior design is change.  She can create an entirely new space by simply rearranging the furniture and décor she already has!  There is always something new and creative that can be added to a room.

 

On Instagram, Martha shares a whole gallery of photos of her beautiful home.  We adore all of her pictures, and we love seeing how she styles Antique Candle Works candles in her home! “Candles mean COZY!”  They create an atmosphere of warmth and romance, which can add a whole other level of hominess to any room!

 

To Martha, the perfect candle setting means a grouping of three.  Three different items, including a candle, that complement one another within the room. 

She enjoys combining fresh flowers, an old book, and a good candle (like an Antique Candle Works candle!).  No matter how she designs a candle setting, it always creates a happy atmosphere in every room. 

 

Her favorite room to decorate with candles, however, is the kitchen!  With the classic Mason jars that hold our candles and some of Martha’s favorite scents such as Clean Cotton, Momma’s Kitchen, and Pumpkin Spice, the kitchen is the perfect place for an extra touch of farmhouse flare!

 

Visit Martha’s blog for some excellent reading on home décor and stop by her Instagram for a gallery of gorgeous home photos!  Stay up to date with Simple Cozy Charm on Facebook!  I hope Martha’s insight on decorating helps you to create your very own, perfect candle setting with your favorite Antique Candle Works candle!

 

This article is second in the series of, "How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting."  Has Martha's advice inspired you?  Let us know, or check out Lisa's advice from the Farmhouse on Boone!

Come back next week for a long-awaited post featuring our soy melts and some great hacks for using them!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Martha Knake

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How to Clean out Candle Jars

How to Clean out Candle Jars

At Antique Candle Works, we use Mason jars and antique vessels to house our uniquely scented soy candles.  Mason jars, as you may know, are also popular farmhouse décor and craft pieces.  Wouldn’t it be nice to repurpose your old Antique Candle Works candle into something new and crafty?  One of the questions we often get is: How do you clean out the left over wax from the jar?  Well, we’ve done our research and have found what we think is the best and easiest way to do just that!  Here’s what we did:

 

Step 1

Fill a sink or basin with hot, soapy water.  Your hands will be in the water, so get the water only as hot as you can stand.

 

Step 2

Completely submerge your candle.  You want to make sure the jar fills with the hot water.  Then, let it soak for a few minutes.

 

Step 3

After a couple of minutes, you can start cleaning out the wax.  Thanks to the hot water, it should be soft around the edges.  Use a spoon to carefully loosen the wax from the glass.  This should also loosen the base of the wick.  The wax will come apart in fairly a solid piece, which you can then pull out of the jar.

 

Step 4

 

Once you have the majority of the wax out of the jar, you can then use a scrub brush and wash the inside of the jar.  Not only will this help remove any remaining wax, but it will also clean away soot and stains on the glass from the candle itself.

 

And there you have it in four easy steps: How to clean wax from your candle jars! 

The next step is to scour Pinterest for some inspiring DIY Mason Jar ideas and get creative!  Your Antique Candle Works candle, whether it’s a Mason jar candle or an Antique candle, can remain beautiful even after the flame runs out.

 

What do you think of this candle hack?  Is this how you clean out your candle jars, or do you have your own way?  Let us know!

 

Don’t forget to check out some of our other candle/melt tips and care methods to learn more!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Hannah Christine Photography

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How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting: Farmhouse on Boone

How to Create the Perfect Candle Setting: Farmhouse on Boone

At Antique Candle Works, we love the farmhouse home decorating style!  We are obsessed with shiplap, neutral colors, and vintage repurposing.  I recently connected with one of our friends, Lisa from the Farmhouse on Boone blog, who shares our love for farmhouse life and decor!

Lisa has always adored DIY (Do It Yourself) and creative things, and is always coming up with a new project to tackle!  There is something beautiful about turning anything into something amazing. 

The simplicity of the farmhouse style allows her to create a gorgeous home for her and her family while reflecting her chicken raising, cooking from scratch, garden growing lifestyle.

 

Lisa’s favorite aspect of interior design is the first step: collecting inspiration.  She spends a lot of time on Pinterest finding new and creative ideas, as well as thinking through designs before she begins working on them.  Envisioning a finished project and understanding exactly what it will look like and bring to the home as a whole is an important step before even picking up a hammer—you don’t want something that’s out of place!

 

One of our favorite things about seeing Lisa’s beautiful photography of her home on Instagram is how she creates gorgeous candle settings with our candles!  With minimalism and simplicity, she puts together incredible candle settings that are natural and add to the comforting, casual atmosphere in her house.  A candle makes everything more cozy!

When styling candles, Lisa typically pairs them with flowers or a small basket.  She picked up a decorating tip that suggests to create decorative settings by styling in sets of three, each item varying in height to create a new, eye-catching level with each piece.  A great tip!  Sometimes Lisa chooses to follow it with candles, sometimes not, but she always manages to create a beautiful candle setting!

Lisa’s favorite way to decorate Antique Candle Works candles is to place them on a windowsill and pair them with a pitcher of fresh flowers.  What could be more perfect than a refreshing fragrance and a lovely bouquet in the sunlight? 

She also likes setting them on night stands to fill a bedroom with any one of our unique scents, including her personal favorite: Apple Pickin’!

Check out Lisa’s blog and the gorgeous photos of her farmhouse home on Instagram and Facebook!  I hope her insight on décor and how to create a beautiful setting helps you to create the perfect candle setting in your home using your favorite Antique Candle Works candle!

 

Stay tuned for our next few blog posts!  We are excited to be introducing our brand new, limited time, late summer fragrance!  Here’s a hint…You’re going to love it!

 

Visit the Antique Candle Works Facebook page to keep up to date with what's going on in the candle studio!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Andrea Elizabeth Photography and Lisa Bass

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How to: Soy Melts and How to Use Them

How to: Soy Melts and How to Use Them

At Antique Candle Works, our main focus is candles.  Whether it’s Mason Jar candles or Antique Candles, much of our time is spent preparing beautiful candles to be sent right to your door.  However, candles are not the only thing we hand pour here in the studio.  We also make soy melts

You may have heard these be called ‘tarts’ and have seen these at your local department store or craft fairs.  Our wax melts are quite popular with those who love the benefit of having a flameless, smokeless scent! 

They are tiny, but can fill a home with any of our amazing 16 fragrances just as effectively as our candles!  Both are made with our quality fragrance oil and pure soy wax that is hand poured into each container.  The only difference?  How it is burned.

Soy melts are not actually burned.  They are melted using a tart melter or warmer specifically made for wax melts.  You can find these at just about anywhere that also carries candles.  Do not use a crockpot, coffee warmer, stove top, or anything that does not specifically say it can be used with wax tarts.  Many of these warmers are electric, but some use an unscented candle to melt the tarts.  They also vary in sizes from large enough to sit on your end table, or small enough to be plugged into the outlet above your countertop.  Either way, just read the packaging carefully to make sure you are using the right product.

Once you have a warmer, it’s time to add the melts!  Warmers typically have a pan or dish on top of the heat source; this is where you put your melts.  Do not add water or anything besides the melts into the warmer.  We recommend you start by putting 1 or 2 cubes onto your melter.  You can always adjust the amount depending on your preference, but do not put all 6 of the cubes in at one time.  You do not want the wax to overflow once it melts.  Next, just sit back, relax, and enjoy as the aroma fills the room!

Each wax cube can burn about up to 8 hours.  That’s 8 hours of relaxation, warm thoughts, and a happy home!

If you were unsure about out soy wax melts, what they are, or how to use them, I hope this article helped shed some light on how easy to use and effective melts can be.

 

Be sure to read the blog in a few weeks for some more helpful tips on wax melts!

 

Stay up to date with the Antique Candle Works team on Facebook and Instagram, and check out our new Pinterest page for some great DIY ideas!

 

Have a beautiful day!

 

 

 

Photography by Nicole from Ivy Lane Home, Heather from Southern Oak Home, and Jennifer from The Grace House

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Candle Care: Play it Safe!

Candle Care: Play it Safe!

We’ve shared how to get the most out of your Antique Candle Works candle, but there are also several safety aspects that goes along with candle care that are extremely important.  Our goal is to bring beautiful, enticing fragrances into your home and we want to make sure that you are safe throughout your entire experience with our candles.  We’ve put together some simple tips for you to follow!

 

In Sight and in Mind

Always keep your candle where you can see it!  While it is lit, never tuck a candle away out of sight or else you may forget it is burning in the first place!  Not only could this lead to a prolonged burn that can make your candle less efficient the next time you light it, this poses a serious safety issue within your home.  Therefore, keep your candle where you can see it.  Their vintage style is so eye-catching anyway, who would want to hide them?

 

The Candle Bubble

Like many people, candles have invisible bubbles around them and they do not like it to be popped.  Make sure you place your lit candle in an open area with little surrounding it.  Keep it out of reach of bubble-popping children and pets, as well as anything that could be flammable.  This is a simple safety measure that keeps you, and your candle, happy!

 

Even-Steven

When you find a clean, safe area to place your candle, make sure that you are placing it on an even surface.  Placing the candle in a lumpy or slanted spot will prevent the candle from burning evenly across the top of the wax which not only may result in a bad burn, but also may cause tunneling.  A flat, even surface will also help prevent hot wax from spilling out of the candle if it is bumped or moved, which you do not want!

Watch that Wick

We discussed in a previous Candle Care blog about the importance of trimming the wick, one of the most crucial aspects of taking care of your candle, and we are going to visit that again.  Once you trim the wick, make sure you dispose of the trimmed piece in the trash.  Not only does this piece create soot that falls into the rest of the candle, once the candle is almost emptied, they can be a safety hazard.  If there are any of those trimmed pieces in the wax at the bottom of the candle, there is a potential that they can catch fire.  Make sure these are removed from your candle; it’ll keep it pretty, too!

 

The Antique Candle Works team hopes that these safety tips help improve your candle experience!  We love hearing from you about your thoughts on our products, and love knowing that we are making people happy!  We hope to continue to provide a safe, enjoyable experience to everyone who lights our candles.

Please let us know if these tips helped improve your candle safety and what you think of our products, or if you have any further questions!  Also, check out the Antique Candle Works Instagram and Facebook pages for candle updates! 

Have a blessed day!

 

 

 

Photography by Martha from Simple Cozy Charm, Laura from @bloomingnest, Bianca from With Lavender and Grace, Heather from The Southern Hydrangea, and Hannah Christine Photography 

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How to get the Most out of Your Candle

How to get the Most out of Your Candle

Candles of any size, shape, or scent are beautiful additions to any home and can brighten an entire room, but they are also unique pieces of art that need to be cared for in order to get the most out of them.  We at Antique Candle Works have put together an easy-to-follow guide so that you may have the best possible experience with our candles.

 

First Light

This may be the most important tip for the first time you light your Mason Jar or Antique Candle. When you light a new candle, allow the wax to melt across the entire top surface of the candle so that the wax has melted to the sides of the jar or vintage vessel.  This may take a couple of hours depending on the size of the candle, but if you’re patient, this will prevent tunneling and allow for a more even burn the next time you light it.  After this, you should be able to have a clean burn for 2-4 hours. 

Storage - They like the dark

You may be familiar with this one: always store your candles in a cool, dry, and dark place. Storing candles in direct sunlight or harsh indoor lighting for long periods of time may cause them to fade or warp.  Even though all of our candles are white, this is still a good tip to follow!

 

Wicks, Wicks, Wicks


Trim them! This is a crucial aspect of candle care that, if not followed, can potentially be a hazard.  Trimming the wick to about ¼-½ inch will allow for a more even burn and will help prevent the wick from mushrooming or creating soot.  If the wick is not trimmed, the flame of the candle may grow too large and begin to smoke or flicker, which are signs that the flame isn’t properly controlled.  If this occurs, simply extinguish the flame, wait for the candle to completely cool, and trim the wick with either a wick trimmer or scissors. 

Cleanliness is next to...

If dust forms on the surface of your candle, be sure to clean it off before lighting. To do this, use a soft cloth that is either dry or lightly dampened with water.  You can also use a piece of nylon.

Snuff it out

A snuffer is recommended when extinguishing your candle. However, blowing out your candle works just as well.  When you blow it out, be careful not to splatter the hot wax.  You can also carefully dip the wick into the melted wax around it to extinguish the flame.  This prevents splattering and smoking, and will allow you to straighten the wick afterward.

Antique Candle Works strives to bring a stylish and enjoyable candle experience to your home, but once the candle leaves us, it still needs to be handled with care.  I hope that this short guide has helped you better understand how to care for your candle and has answered some of questions you may have had.  Follow these tips, and your candle will surely reach its full potential from start to finish!

 

Please contact us or email Brittany at brittany@antiquecandleworks.com if you have any questions or would like more information about Antique Candle Works and our candles!

 

Have a blessed day!

 

 

 

 

Photos by Hannah Christine Photography, The Grace House, and Ashley from Our Modern Antebellum.

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