The scent of an Eddo & Dandy candle can beautifully transform a room. But you may be missing out on hours of burn time by making these common mistakes.
We all love nice smelling candles and want to keep them for as long as possible. But by blowing them out too soon, your candle won’t last as long. Not allowing your candle to reach a full melt pool can result in candle tunneling. This can leave a well in the candle and can often cause the wick to drown.
When you first light your Eddo & Dandy candle, be sure to light the candle for 4 hours, or until you reach a full melt pool. A full melt pool is when the top of the candle has completely melted to the edge of the container. For every subsequent burn, light candles for between 2 to 4 hours or until you reach a full melt pool.
Ensure you trim your wick! Wick trimming is so important and we cannot stress this enough! If the wick is too long, the flame will be larger than it should be. This will burn through the candle more quickly and may cause the container to get hotter than it should. We recommend trimming your wick to 5mm each time before your burn your candle.
Lastly, make sure your lit candles are not placed near a draught. If you notice that you are left with wax on one side of your candle, it may be that your candle was in a draught. If you notice your flame ‘dancing’, blow the candle out and carefully move it* to an alternative spot. Then relight to achieve a full melt pool.
*be careful when moving your candle, as the draught may have caused one side of the container to become hotter than normal.
At Eddo & Dandy, we try to be as environmentally conscious as possible. We never choose materials that will have harmful effects on the environment and we have taken time to select the best materials and packaging for all our products. All of our soy wax is sustainably sourced and originally comes from farmers who have used less water to grow the soy bean crop. All our packaging is recyclable and we use biodegradable packing peanuts when sending out orders via courier. From time to time, you may see plastic bubble wrap, this we have received in orders to ourselves and have reused this so that as much use can come from this as possible before it is sent to landfill.
Of course it is not possible to be 100% environmentally friendly, which is why Eddo & Dandy are proud to donate a percentage of our sales to support tree planting across the whole of Ireland.
We are now also delighted to offer a candle refill service. When you have finished burning your Eddo & Dandy candle, you can return your glass jar or candle tin to us at any one of the markets we regularly attend and we will re purpose your container to remake your candle. We will clean the jar, re label and pour your chosen scent and you will receive €5 off your new candle. If you cannot attend a market near you, contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or message us through our social media and we will arrange pick up. In the coming weeks, you will also be able to order a refill kit for your reed diffusers through our online store, which will contain new fragrance and fresh reeds. We will announce when these are available through our social media!
Even when Eddo & Dandy was only at the concept stages, we knew for certain that we would only use enviromentally friendly and sustainable waxes. After much testing in the studio, we found a wax that ticked all the boxes, it’s eco friendly, burns cleanly and holds scent without any chemicals.
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. The majority of soybeans are grown in the United States, particularly in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana (all the I’s!) and are a completely renewable resource, while paraffin wax is non renewable and is a by-product of refined petroleum. Paraffin wax is commonly used in most mast produced candles, largely due to it being cheaper and more accessible compared to soy wax.
While also being sustainably produced, soy wax, unlike paraffin wax are also 100% biodegradable.
Not only is soy wax better for the environment, it also has a higher melting point meaning that your soy wax candles burn longer (happy days!). Soy candles also carry scent significantly better than paraffin candles, reducing the need for chemical additives or amplifiers. All candles emit soot when they burn but soy candles emit significantly less which in turn helps to maintain pure air quality in the home.