Candle Care

Basic Candle Care

A great candle experience begins with proper candle care, safety, and maintenance. Here are some important burning tips for enjoying your Alchemy Candle:

Preventing memory rings.

As with all candles, the first burn is the most important. To begin, candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size. Therefore, our candle jar candle should burn for a minimum of 2.5-3 hours to liquify the entire first layer of wax. If the wax is not allowed to liquefy or to melt from edge to edge of the jar or tumbler, it will create a “memory ring,” especially if this is the first time the candle is lit. Once a candle has this “memory ring,” it will continue to tunnel and to burn that way for the life of the candle.

Keep the wick trimmed to the proper length at all times.

Keeping your candle’s wick trimmed helps it burn more cleanly and efficiently. The proper wick length of our candles is between 1/8th and 1/4 of an inch (please don’t make me convert that to metric!) When wick trimming, you should always extinguish the flame, let the candle come to room temperature, and trim the wick to the suggested length. We suggest trimming the wick every 4 hours of burn time.

Speaking of trimming your wicks…We are asked often WHAT to trim the wicks with. Well, you can use a wick trimmer specifically made for the purpose and they work fabulously, a small pair of scissors (nice but a little awkward) or our favorite, NAIL CLIPPERS! Ayup, nail clippers are the bomb. Try it, you’ll see what we mean.

How to LOVE your candles from Alchemy Body & Bath:

  1. FIND YOUR FAVORITE. We’re always adding new scents you’ll love!
  2. TRIM THE WICK. Keep your wick trimmed to the length stated on your candle’s bottom label at all times.
  3. LET THE WAX POOL. Each time you burn your candle, allow the entire top layer to become a fragrant pool of liquid wax and you’ll get the biggest, boldest scent possible.
  4. BURN IT SAFELY. Always burn your candle on a heat resistant surface, keep it out of drafts and NEVER leave it unattended while lit.
  5. KNOW WHEN TO SAY GOODBYE. When only 1/2″ of wax remains, it’s time to let your candle go. We know, it’s sad.
  6. REPEAT STEPS 1 THROUGH 5. Keep going until you’ve tried them all!

Candles should not be burned for more than four hours at a time.

It is recommended that after burning for four hours, candles be extinguished, allowed to cool for two hours, and trimmed before relighting.

Follow the half inch rule.

Discontinue use of a candle when ½” of wax remains at the bottom of the jar. This will prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface or container itself. The glass can get hot on the bottom as the flame nears the base of the jar and most of the wax has been consumed. By following this instruction, the glass will not get too hot. It is for this same reason that Alchemy Body & Bath does not endorse the use of heating surfaces or “candle warmers.”

For safety’s sake.

Always burn candles well away from drafts, other heat sources, and anything flammable. Make sure burning candles are out of reach of children and pets. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

How to Store Your Candle Properly

The candle wax and fragrance oils we use in our candles are sensitive to both temperature and light, so please be careful when storing candles for an extended period of time. If you store your candle, be sure it is in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or intense light. Keeping it in a dark place like a cupboard or box will protect it from fading and discoloration. 

Since our candles can be sensitive to extreme cold and heat, it’s best to store them between 50ºF and 85ºF. And be sure not to leave our candles in your car for an extended period of time (particularly on hot days) as they may melt or discolor. Extreme cold causes cracking and separation, so it’s best to follow our temperature guidelines. After long exposure to the cold, you should allow the candle to return to room temperature for a minimum of 2 hours before burning it to minimize potential damage.

Maskne-Mask Acne. What Next?

Okay, so we can all agree that 2020 is been a shitshow of a year so far. Along with everything else we now have a new problem to contend with; Maskne. Maskne, or mask acne, is a by-product of COVID-19 virus mask wearing and since many areas are mandating mask use to quell the spread of the virus (NO mask debates allowed. I mean it, really.) folks are finding that their beautiful faces are breaking out. So let’s take a look at this new phenomenon and how we can prevent it and keep you looking PHINE!

What Causes Mask Acne?

Acne usually develops when pores get clogged by oil, dead skin cells, makeup, dirt, or bacteria. This can lead to blackheads, whiteheads, or pimples that can vary in size and type, depending on how infected they get. Adopting a simple skin-care routine—including cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and wearing sunscreen—helps manage acne because it helps with the skin’s natural shedding process. Regular cleansing and exfoliating ensures that all that gunk and dead skin cells are removed rather than clogging your pores. Moisturizing and wearing sunscreen helps ensure the skin’s protective outer layer functions properly.

But wearing a face mask can interfere with that process. Instead of those dead skin cells shedding throughout the day, they now get clogged in your pores. Masks also provide the perfect humid environment for bacteria to grow in our skin, which can lead to a breakout.

How can you treat Maskne?

Of course there are the old favorites of OTC treatments (benzoyl peroxide-containing spot treatments) or for more aggressive cases a dermatologist may prescribe steroids or other harsher treatments which may lead to even more sensitive skin and irritation.

So what is your Voodoo Mama’s suggestion? Why it’s simple… Wash your face!

Okay, so I know that it’s a little banal but it’s really that simple. (Get ready for a shameless plug…) Washing your face (and the rest of your bits and bobs) with a high quality, natural, soap is key to whisking away the bacteria that causes acne as well as balancing the oils in your skin. This is a key to keeping your skin calm and less irritated by the masks and you much more comfortable. We also suggest that you use a moisturizer and sunscreen to help keep your skin in tip top shape! (Now for the shameless plug)

We offer several soaps that have some super ingredients that may just help your maskne problems; Alchemist Table, Olive You!, Black Magic, and The Bodyguard. Each soap possesses very unique properties and leave your skin clean and sparkly (we’re not going to make medical claims ’cause we don’t do that!) and are totally awesome for all your nooks and crannies!

Maskne is just another annoyance 2020 is bringing us but with a little self-care you’ll breeze through it like the magnificent beast you are!

Shine on you crazy diamond & Namaste, my Friends!

Did You Know….

Did you know that lip balm flavoring isn’t REALLY flavoring? Surprise! It’s actually scent that tricks the mind into thinking that you’re tasting whatever the scent is. Let’s explore the science behind lip balm (get ready to get Geeky!)

Lip balm is a staple in my make up and handbags. I’ve just gotta have it, otherwise I’d look like I had mummy lips-dry, cracked, and not so kissable. When we started to explore the possibility of making an all natural, good for you lip balm to add to our Alchemy line of awesomeness, the geek in me just HAD to find out what the heck goes into a balm and how we could have the best product for our customers. During my research, I found out the little nugget of geeky truth about lip balms-you really don’t TASTE anything!

What you are doing is SMELLING a scent, not tasting it. What manufacturers (and us) use is a lip safe fragrance oil, and the term “flavor oil” is a bit of a misnomer at that. Flavor oils are really lip-safe fragrances. They smell but do not taste. Flavor oils are used to scent your lips. Commercial products that seem to have a taste actually use a sweetener (commonly aspartame or other sugar substitute). The sweetener tricks the brain into thinking that it’s tasting the flavor when in actuality you are smelling it. If a sweetener is added to lip balms, the user has a tendency to lick their lips, which is drying, which kinda defeats the purpose right? So in our Alchemy lip balms, we do not use sweeteners in our balms (tain’t natural so it ain’t going in our products) just natural, lip safe fragrances. So now you know the science behind the awesome!

Namaste, my friends!