The smell of a candle is connected to our memories and emotions. It is hard to imagine a world without these scents. In fact, it would be pretty sad if all the scents were gone as we would have no idea this was the world we once knew.
Candles make great gifts, especially around the holidays. But are their fragrances going to last after the holidays?
Before you burn your last candle at the end of the year, check out this guide to make sure you get the longest life out of your scented candles.
Candle scents really are a wonderful part of your life. As a rule of thumb, the older the candle fragrance you have, the shorter its life span. So here’s a little test to determine if a particular candle scent is still in your home: Take a big whiff of the candle. If it makes you sneeze, there’s a fair chance the candle has expired.
Well, according to the experts, the best way to know if your candles will lose their strength is to simply look at the candle itself.
A well-maintained candle will have a steady wax pool at the bottom, but unsmokable wicks or excessive wax loss will be a good indicator that it’s going to lose its potency sooner rather than later.
Candle fragrances are designed to make the experience all the more enticing: when the wax burns and the wick smokes, the scent is released into the air for the consumer to enjoy.
How long is candle fragrance oil good for?
If you’re a candle lover, you’ve likely experienced the dilemma of how long to keep your favorite candle before it starts to smell off—and just as frustrating, how long before you’ve run out of it.
Candles can get pricey, so you want to make sure you’re using up the last drops. So how long can candle fragrance oil last? Here’s everything you need to know about candle fragrance oil and how to make sure you’re burning all of your candles to the end.
Your fragrances may be fun – but are they good for you?
The lifespan of all fragrances, from the most expensive to the cheapest, varies widely, and the lifespan of the most expensive can be 10 times longer than the cheapest.
The lifespan of a candle, however, depends on the type of wax and its composition. The average candle lasts from 6-12 months, depending on the type of wax and the fragrance.
There are a lot of factors that can affect the longevity of a candle, but the main one is the quality of the product. The more affordable a candle is, the shorter its shelf life will be.
Once the candle is lit and the fragrance oil starts to evaporate, it’s best to dispose of the candle as soon as possible.
To help ensure the amazing fragrance it produces, your candle will continue to have its fragrance for a few weeks after it has been lit and the fragrance has started to evaporate.
However, the scent will continue to gradually fade until it’s gone, so it’s important to keep your candle for a little bit longer than you think.
Can I use expired fragrance oils in Candles?
Many of us use candle-making as a form of relaxation or meditation, and by doing so, we also think that we are creating soothing, safe spaces for ourselves.
If there’s one thing that can cause a headache in the world of aromatherapy, it’s the question of whether or not you can use fragrance oils that have been sitting on a shelf, in a cabinet, or in a bottle for a few years.
Many of us have purchased older bottles of oil with the intention of using them in a candle, only to find that the fragrance doesn’t quite work in our particular batch of wax. But that could not be further from the truth, as candle making could be dangerous if you use expired (or even used) fragrance oils. Why?
There could be toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol or triethyl citrate (which are both found in most candle making fragrance oils) in the oils, and since they are not safe for ingestion, they could pose a serious health risk if you burn them instead of using them for your candles.
Another reason is that fragrance oils are not food grade, and if you add them to a candle, they can get into the wick, and they won’t burn properly.
Another reason is that fragrances can potentially contain ingredients like phthalates, which are chemicals that have been linked to reproductive problems, birth defects, and other issues.
Signs That Your Candle Has Expired
Candles are a great way to set the mood. They add a warm glow and also add a beautiful ambiance to your home. When you place a candle out in the open, there’s a chance that it will burn out before you notice.
However, there are certain things that you can do to prevent your candles from burning out. Here are a few signs that your candle has expired:
- Foul Smell
You burn something, and it smells awful. It could be any type of candle, wax, or even incense. You get up early the next morning, in the middle of fitful sleep, and check the candle to see if it has gone out—or if it is just burning normally in the drafty room.
If it smells bad, then you know that it has expired and you must clean it up.
That is not to say that all candles smell foul. Some are very strong and if you have a strong scent you need to throw out the candle. Some candles are used for a very long time and they begin to lose their scent. These candles should be thrown out and replaced with a new ones.
Candles make a great gift for many occasions, but they also have a reputation for being long-lasting and very fragrant. However, you may be surprised to find that the sealed votives inside your candle can begin to turn discolored and eventually even get messy.
This is called the “candle wax discoloration” or “candle discoloration” and it can happen to any type of candle, even the scented varieties.
If your candle looks old, and it looks like it has dried out and is probably going to burn out soon. Or it looks black and it looks like it is clogging up your wick.
This is a sign that your candle is age and it has probably expired. So if your candle has expired, it’s time to throw it away and get a new one.
Have you ever wondered if your candle is still burning? Do you want to know if a candle is still burning before it completely burns out? Then you don’t have to wonder anymore.
You can find out if your candle is burning by just applying your observation skills. If you notice that the wax has crystallized or hardened, the candle is no longer burning, and it’s time to throw it out.
If you keep a candle burning for too long without properly ventilating it, it will eventually be ruined.
Unlike other types of wax, the crystallization of soy wax can be a tell-tale sign that your candle is near the end of its lifespan. Ignoring these signs can cause your candle to become dull and cloudy, which may lead to uneven burning and unpleasant aromas.
How can I get the most out of candles?
Candles are amazing little lights that can do so much to add a touch of ambience to your home. There are many ways to use candles in the home, whether it’s decorating, cooking, entertaining, or simply lighting up the somber atmosphere.
Candles are a versatile product, that can be used for different purposes, depending on the occasion. To get the most out of candles, it is important to understand their different functions.
It is always a good idea to invest in good quality candles and make sure you use them properly. The traditional way of using candles is straightforward: you bring a candle into the room you wish the candlelight to brighten, place a flame holder nearby and light the candle.
However, it is no longer the case. You can now buy candles with a special wax that burns longer and never needs the flame to be tended to. You can also buy candles that are eco-friendly and do not release any smell.
Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she’s not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.