Product Tips & Advice
Essential Oil Tips
- Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils & resins which are often toxic if ingested & apply undiluted to the skin.
- Under no circumstances should any essential oil be taken internally or applied directly to the skin neat (undiluted in a carrier oil).
- Do not expose skin or any body part to undiluted essential oils as they can cause severe irritation.
- Some essential oils are phototoxic (cause adverse reactions when exposed to sunlight) i.e. bergamot, lemon, orange & most other citrus oils.
- Always keep essential oils out of the reach of children & animals!
- We do not recommend that any of our essential or massage oils be used on any fabric as they may cause staining & damage.
Incense Burning Tips
- Always use a fire proof flat dish, plate or censor when burning loose incense & coal tablets.
- Light coal tablets using tongs when on a heat proof surface, never use bare fingers or hands to light!
- Remember that loose incense may not be as highly perfumed as the commercially available rolled incenses or cones!
- Plant materials will smell very different when burnt, some are unpleasant!
- Do not overload the coal tablet use only enough to sit within the centre!
- If asthma or severe allergies are a problem do not use incenses or any material that will produce a smoke!
- Do not allow children or pets near loose incense & coal tablets lit or unlit.
- Many loose incenses use common herbs & plants however they also use resins, essential oils & other plant materials that may be harmful if ingested!
- Always keep loose incenses & coal tablets out of the reach of children & pets at all times!
- ALL candles will produce smoke & soot if left in drafts, near open doors or open windows regardless of the wax used to make it.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended!
- Keep burning candles away from children & pets.
- Do not place near flammable objects such as curtains, etc.
- When anointing candles do NOT over use the oils as they can be flammable. Small amounts on the outside are all that is needed
- Place candles on protected, heat resistant, level surfaces.
- Keep candle free from wick trimmings, matches, or other foreign matter that could be a fire hazard.
- Avoid burning in drafts.
- Avoid walking with lit candles.
- Keep wick trimmed to 1/4 inch at all times to avoid carbon build up, smoking, soot in the air, on walls & on furniture.
- Allow Candle to cool before trimming wick or relighting.
- Burn Candles 1 hour for every diameter inch or 24min for every diameter cm i.e. 7.5cm (3") diameter candle should be burnt for 3 hours.
- Burning candles for less than the required diameter time will cause it to burn a core down the middle that can shorten the life of the candle & cause the wick to drown.
- Use toenail clipper to trim wicks in jars in which scissors won't fit.
- Candles will fade if left in direct sunlight or spotlights for extended periods of time.
- Candles wrapped in foil or plastic & refrigerated before using (particularly tapers or pillars) will burn more slowly & evenly.
- To extinguish a candle, use a candle snuffer, or hold hand a safe distance behind the flame & blow.
- There are of course other methods to extinguish candles however a candle snuffer is the safest & the most likely not to spread hot wax or cause injury.
- Unused portions of pillar candles can be used as melts in oil burners just take out the remanding wick & the wick tab.
Containers & Jars
- Do not burn a candle in a container that is chipped or cracked as it may shatter.
- Do not allow candle to burn to the bottom of the container, stop 1/2 inch from the base.
- Do not allow flame to touch sides to container.
- Containers do become very hot, handle with care.
- Allow candle to cool before moving or replacing lid.
- Container candles should be placed on a heat proof surface (trivet) to protect surfaces from heat & risk of fire.
- All candles especially highly scented ones, will produce some smoke & soot (regardless of the wax type) even if it is not visible to the human eye.
- Keep wick trimmed & avoid drafts, open doors & open windows, this will reduces smoking & soot.
Wax Clean Up Tips
- Take precautions to prevent melted wax from getting on clothes, furniture & bench tops.
- Candle wax can be removed from garments & furniture. All wax spills are best removed after the wax has hardened. Wax spilled on wool, for example, can be refrigerated then brushed out when the wax is cold & brittle.
- Many liquid household cleaners will dissolve vegetable waxes. Always read directions before using.
- To remove wax from carpet, set an iron on low heat (no steam) & using an old towel or brown paper place on the spilled wax & press down with the iron. Repeat using different clean parts of the towel/paper until all wax has been removed.
- Try using a liquid carpet cleaner to remove any coloring that may have remained. Again always read directions carefully.