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Best Methods to Extinguish a Scented Candle without Smoke

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When you burn a scented candle, nothing is more unpleasant than the smell of a burnt candle, which hides the perfume when you put it out. The best scented candles are the ones that give you pleasure. So ending with an unpleasant olfactory note is not possible. What are the effective solutions to avoid this problem?

The first few times are not always perfect. The only solution we have found to avoid bad odours was to lug the hot candle to the kitchen before blowing on it. Fortunately, for there are simpler and more recommendable solutions for scented candles lovers!

The Hairdresser Method

Do you use a pair of scissors to cut your locks? So take advantage and cut them while they burn! Cutting the wick will deprive it of fuel (scented wax), which allows it to burn or smoke when you extinguish it by blowing on it. Thus, the wick will go out more quickly and make less smoke and limit unpleasant odours. If you have candlewick scissors, it will be even easier. On the one hand, the wick end will remain in the centre of the scissors due to the circular location provided for this purpose. And there will be no risk of dropping it in the wax. On the other hand, the shape of these special scissors will allow you to easily access the wick, even for a well-started candle whose wick is difficult to access. This method does not necessarily require the purchase of a dedicated accessory. But it is not the most practical and the most effective because the candle still smokes a little.

The Bell Method (Candle Snuffer)

The bell or snuffer is a very nice decorative object, but you can highlight your pretty candle too. You protect it from dust so that it retains its delicate fragrances. But you can also turn it off without difficulty. To do this, just put the bell on the burning candle. Any flame needs oxygen to burn. With the bell, it will have no more, and it will gradually go out. We feel you have questions, so we shall anticipate them!

  • The candle will smoke, anyway?

Yes indeed. But instead of releasing all this smoke into the room, the bell will hold it, and you will not smell any unpleasant odour, word of a scout!

  • When I open the bell, will it smell of smoke?

No! Not according to our tests. When we re-opened the bell 15 minutes later, we only felt the subtle notes of the candle's scent. The downside is that the bell takes up a little space. So if you use your homemade scented candle like Apple Cinnamon in the bedroom, the bedside table maybe a bit cluttered. But for the living room, it's a simple, quick, and effective solution.

immersion method for putting out scented candle

The Immersion Method

If you do not have specific equipment to extinguish your candle, you just have to dip the lit wick in the liquid wax, for example, using scissors. This will immediately extinguish the candle without smoke or odor. Otherwise, the object dedicated to this use is a kind of hook that also allows us to refocus the wick. Knowing that you must use your candle in sessions of one to three hours, you should have a pool (surface of liquid wax) large enough to be able to do so. Then take the time to bring out the wick, cut it to 5mm if necessary and refocus it. Otherwise, beware of bad surprises! The main disadvantage of this method is that you may leave burnt wick residue in your candle. See a bit of wick squarely. What is not very esthetic and which is likely to alter the quality of diffusion at the next lighting. So be delicate!

The Old Method - Best Practice with Jessica Jane Candles.

Although having most of the accessories recommended for the use of scented candles, the one people use most frequently is that of the lid. We also find it the ideal method. Unlike the bell, the cover takes up little space. And if you take it out of metal, it will be almost indestructible. The only important point to remember: NEVER use a cover made of flammable material (wood, plastic) to extinguish your candle. Only use non-flammable materials and provided or treated to withstand high temperatures (concrete, stone, metal, possibly glass, or ceramic). You may be tempted to use a saucer or small plate as a cover, especially if you have a big three-wick candle; in this case, check that your improvised cover withstands high temperatures and that it is not in an unstable position.

It is recommended to use a black stone cover or metal. To protect your candle from dust, preserve its scent, and extinguish it without making smoke, just place the cover on the candle. And there you go! The only drawback is that unlike the bell, which is higher than a standard size candle (180 to 190g), the cover can be in direct contact with the flame when there is more than 50% of scented wax. This could blacken the inside of your cover if it is aluminum or in a light color. All candles at Jesscia Jane come with a lid to be easily extinguished.

The Extinguisher Method

With its small bell, a snuffer is a versatile object that you can use for all your pretty candles i.e., tea light holders, candles, large decorative candles, etc. On the other hand, you will need a little practice to extinguish perfectly, without smoke and without moving the wick.

Bottom Line

Remember to refocus your wick before putting on the bell or lid if you prefer the last two methods. You will then cut the wick if necessary at the next ignition. If necessary, clean the bell or cover from time to time. Otherwise, the immersion method is also very effective and does not require any special equipment. Regarding your safety, know that it is not recommended to blow on your candle. Or even to use a liquid such as water to extinguish. To avoid wetting your fingers to put out your candle! The wicks of scented candles are often thicker than those of candles or other unscented candles, that’s why it is less easy to extinguish.


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