How to Use Scented Candles

How to Use Scented Candles - WickMagic

Scented candles can help set the mood in any room by filling it with an inviting fragrance. However, using scented candles is more than simply lighting them. Candles need proper care to last longer. Follow our basic guide to learn how to use scented candles.

Choosing the Right Scented Candle

The first step is to choose the right scented candle for your home. Many homeowners opt for paraffin candles, which might smell nice but are dangerous for your home. The best option is soy wax candles, which are environmentally friendly.

After you have selected the candle, the next step is to choose a fragrance according to your taste. Some of the popular scents for candles are:

  • Floral
  • Fresh/Citrus
  • Spicy/Woody
  • Gourmand


Floral-scented candles include fragrances like rose, lilac, jasmine, and gardenia. Floral scents are very popular and make rooms feel feminine and romantic.


Fresh and citrus scents include lemon, grapefruit, lime, and garden mint. These lighter scents create an energetic and uplifting atmosphere.


Spicy and woody scents feature notes of cinnamon, clove, sandalwood, and mahogany. They are perfect for creating a warm, cozy environment.


Gourmand scents replicate food aromas like vanilla, pumpkin pie, and cookies. Great choices to make your home smell delicious.

Consider when and why you plan to use scented candles. Choose complementary scents suited to your intended mood. Also, consider the size of the room – larger candles may be needed for bigger spaces.

Proper Scented Candle Care Routines

Proper Scented Candle Care Routine

Once you’ve selected your scented candles, storing and handling them properly is important. At Wick Magic, we always encourage our customers to take care of candles if they wish to last longer. Here are the tips we always give to our buyers:

  • Store candles upright and away from direct sunlight or excess heat, which can cause fragrances to diminish more quickly.
  • Trim wicks to 1⁄4 inch before each use for an even burn. Use scissors or a wick trimmer for accuracy.
  • Place candles on a sturdy, heat-safe surface away from drafts. Never burn candles on soft furnishings or near flammable objects.

Taking these precautions helps scented candles burn safely and beautifully in your home. Proper care also extends the lifespan of your fragrance.

Lighting Scented Candles Safely

Lighting scented candles is not an art, but it requires some attention. We have mentioned some tips to help you maintain a safe, smoke-free environment and relax under the soothing ambiance. Here are some tips that can help you light candles safely:

  • Light candles one at a time using a match or long-reach lighter. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Extinguish flames before blowing them out, as this redistributes heat and soot. Smother flames with the glass container or extinguish gently from the side.
  • Burn candles for no more than 2-4 hours at a time. Allow glass jars to cool completely between burnings.

Maximizing Your Candles’ Fragrance

There are ways through which you can maximize your candle’s fragrance and get the best out of it. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Burn your candle until you get a full melt pool all across the jar edges.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room to allow scents to circulate properly without becoming overpowering.
  • Consider candle warmers or votives for a fragrance fill without an open flame if ventilation isn’t feasible.
  • Layer scents by burning one fragrance in the bedroom and another in the living room.

Creating the Perfect Atmosphere with Scented Candles

Create the Perfect Atmosphere with Scented Candles by Wick Magic

Now that you know how to use scented candles safely and effectively, you can tailor them to create just the right atmosphere:

  • Set the mood for pampering with a relaxing bath bomb and citrus-scented candles in the tub.
  • Snuggle up with floral or fresh scents and soft music for romance.
  • Unwind after work with soothing amber or sandalwood in your living space.
  • Entertain guests with the delicious aroma of vanilla or cinnamon throughout the house.

Candles, with thoughtfully chosen scents in each room, define varied atmospheres throughout your home or office. Paying attention to these details sets the perfect stage for any occasion.

Final Words

In short, scented candles offer so much more than just light. With the proper knowledge of selection, care, lighting, and fragrance techniques, candles become powerful tools for relaxation, entertainment, and overall mood elevation in any space. Enjoy discovering your favorite scents!

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