How To Make Candles & Diffusers Last Longer

To celebrate the launch of their two new ranges, we caught up with the home fragrance professionals Wax Lyrical to hear about their Destinations and Superscents collections, plus how to get the longest and most scent-sational experience from our fragranced candles and reed diffusers.

The new collections

Superscents by Wax Lyrical

Inspired by ingredients that proclaim amazing health-boosting abilities, this new collection means you can now enjoy the delicious scents of ‘superfoods’ between meals too!

The Superscents collection includes warming almond milk and kola nut, fruity raspberry and goji berries, energising blackcurrant and mangosteen, citrussy orange and passion fruit, and exotic pomegranate and lychee. Perfect for refreshing your home!



Destinations by Wax Lyrical

Taking some of the world’s most beautiful cities as inspiration, these four new fragrances may have been developed and made in the UK, but they will take your senses on a worldwide voyage.

From the raspberry macarons of Paris to the flower markets of London, the aromatic woods of New York’s Central Park to the calming loose leaf teas of Tokyo, close your eyes and lose yourself in the scent of a new city.

Shop the new Wax Lyrical collections >



How to make your scented candles last longer

  • When lighting for the first time, burn the wick until wax melts across the entire surface, to the sides of candle container. It may take 2-4 hours, but will prevent ‘tunnelling’, where the candle burns down around the wick causing a hole.
  • To achieve maximum impact with the fragrance, let it burn in the desired space for at least 30 mins before guests enter. Remember to never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • If soot forms on the inside of the candle container, extinguish the candle, wait for it to cool, then wipe with a clean damp cloth. Trim the wick and relight.
  • Always snuff out the flame. Do not blow it out.
  • Trim the wick back to 5mm before lighting each time to encourage an even burn.
  • Always keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris.
  • Keep lit candles away from draughts. As well as the risk of blowing out the flame, draughts can decrease burn time, lead to uneven burning, smoking and lessen the impact of the fragrance.
  • Store your candles in a cool, dark and dry place. You don’t have to hide them away – candles look great stored under a glass cloche, which will also protect them from dust.
  • Stop using your candle when there’s only 1cm of wax left at the bottom of the container.

How to make your reed diffusers last longer

  • To keep the scent impact up, use a cloth to flip the reeds either every week or every other day. The more you flip them, the faster the fragrance oil will diffuse, but the scent intensity will be better.
  • To give the fragrance the best chance at spreading evenly through the room, position the diffuser somewhere with a lot of daily traffic, like a hallway or at the entrance to the room. The air circulation will help the fragrance to disperse.
  • If you prefer a more subtle fragrance or the diffuser is being used in a small room, use fewer reeds. Using fewer reeds will mean less area to soak up the fragranced oil, which will create a softer scent while also helping the diffuser to last longer.
  • Store your diffuser at room temperature and out of direct sunlight
  • Place your diffuser on a coaster or mat to protect surfaces. Stray fragrance oil can potentially cause damage to furnishings so be careful when handling it.

Always be safe when using candles and diffusers – never leave a burning candle unattended, avoid getting diffuser oil directly onto the skin, and always keep candles and diffusers out of reach of children and pets.


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