Growing up in Scandinavia – We spend so much time indoors that we try to create a cosy atmosphere. I remember growing up and spending time with my grandparents at their summerhouse in Fyn, Denmark. My grandmother(Mormor!) would burn candles for breakfast, lunch and dinner while we had our meals, but especially at night when we had the fireplace on, there would be at least 5 other candles in the room. It all sounds cosy and slightly dangerous, but we never had to worry about burning the summerhouse as it was a normal thing to do.. all year round. Even at Christmas, we place REAL candles on our Christmas trees!!! We tend to have a bucket of water close by just in case…and we only light them Christmas Eve! 😉
We used to buy our tea lights from IKEA, but we would always spend a little bit more and get better quality candles. It wasn’t about spending lots of money on candles, but you did get what you pay for. Making yourself feel calm and relaxed in our own home is worth its weight in gold so I say always burn quality candles, the rest are hazardous to your health! Skandinavisk candles are hand-poured into a painted glass votive from a special blend of perfume and vegetable wax with a 100% cotton wick and engraved beechwood lid. There is a lot online about the burning the right candles, there is even an organisation in America dedicated to candles! My friends all think I am a bit crazy and obsessed with candles, but I also know that our friends love coming over and always mention how cosy it is! 😉
How to best burn them?
- With regards to candles in a glass, the first time you light the candle, don’t trim the wick. This is the ONLY time I recommend NOT trimming the wick before you light a candle. Depending on the wax and size of the glass, you may need a flame that burns large and hot enough to melt the wax all the way to the edge. If you trim the wick too short, the flame might be too small to melt all the wax. If, after you light the wick, there is any smoke at all, then extinguish the flame and trim the wick slightly. You never want any soot or smoke at any time – ever.
- Let the candle burn long enough to get the entire top liquid wax. This takes about an hour per inch in diameter of the vessel. So if your candle is 3″ wide, let it burn for at least 3 hours. If it doesn’t melt all the way to the edge don’t panic, but get as close as you can. Sometimes the last 1/4″ will burn as the candle goes down. It won’t burn evenly across the top, but it will burn completely.
- After the first burn, try to let the candle burn for long stretches as often as you can to keep that really wide opening and prevent tunneling later on.
We sell 4 from the Skandinavisk range – the scented candle collection celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of Scandinavia.
HYGGE – Cosiness, RO – Tranqulity, HAV – Sea, and LEMPI – Love
All available instore and online!