Monday, January 7, 2013

How to Store Candles

We received a phone call today asking how to best store seasonal candles that were purchased for holiday decor and not lit, or only partially burned.  My first thought is What?!  Not lit?  I have to confess that the first thing I do when I get a new candle home is...I light it.  I can't help it, I simply love candles.  That said, I won't judge ya for enjoying the candle design too much to actually light it.  

The best way to preserve the scent, color and shape of a candles are to keep them in a dark, cool space.  First, if you have seasonally scented votive candles in votive glasses that you would like to save for next year, place the glasses into the freezer for approximately ten minutes.  After you remove them from the freezer, turn the votive glass upside down and tap on the bottom, the votive will pop out - note that this works best if you have removed the bottom label prior to lighting.

Wrap the candles (separated by scent) in plastic wrap or close tightly in a zip-top bag.  Keep in mind that, for example, if you wrap Christmas Morning and Snowy Night together you may end up with Snowy Christmas Morning Night - still lovely, but perhaps not what you intended.  

Next wrap them in newspaper and put them in a temperature controlled area, and they should look and smell beautiful next holiday season.  My aunt recently returned from living out of the country for several years and when she opened a bag of AWW potpourri that had been stored while she was away, it was still strongly scented. 

Remember, buy quality candles and enjoy!

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