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  1. Running a small business on your own is much more difficult than I first imagined!  There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes and lots of admin too! In addition to running Denbies Candles I also work part-time. So, in the run up to Christmas, which is my busiest time of the year, and with a young daughter to look after, it’s frantic to say the least!

    Monday

    I drop my daughter off at pre-school before heading into the office for the morning.  Last week, I had a last-minute wholesale candle order to be included in corporate Christmas hampers. As soon as I get home, it’s straight into candle making and during the evening I’m packing orders. My husband has kindly offered (well, been persuaded) to help!

    Candle Making

    Tuesday

    It’s another full day in the office today, I did manage to schedule my social media posts for the week during my lunch hour and on the drive home I ran through my to-do list. During the evening I finished off the candles - wick trimming, labelling, allocate batch numbers. I also began to start making reed diffusers to make sure I have enough stock for my forthcoming craft fairs. 

    Wednesday

    It’s another full day in the office so after picking my daughter up and the bedtime routine, I don’t start “work” until 7.30pm. I continued packing orders and labelling new products as well as doing a stock take just to make sure the quantities on my website match the stock available.

    Thursday

    I delivered candles and reed diffusers to two of my local stockists and then went back into the kitchen to make 200 individual wax melts for another wholesale order.  I quickly gathered all my stock together, loaded the car (via picking my daughter up from pre-school and taking her swimming) and headed to a local school for a late-night Christmas shopping event.

    Friday

    After spending the morning packing orders and a quick trip to the post office we spent some quality family time together. I do find it hard to switch off when it is so busy, but we enjoyed a trip into Huddersfield for a relaxing few drinks in a Christmas tipi before having something to eat. This is what Christmas is truly about.

     Christmas Drinks

    Saturday

    The weather was miserable today, so my little girl spent the day playing and watching Disney Films (literally on a constant loop). In between keeping her entertained I packed orders, ordered supplies; put away all the supply deliveries I received during the week and got ready for tomorrow. All the boxes are packed and by the door ready to load for the next morning.

    Sunday

    I was delighted to be able to secure a stall at a very well regarded outdoor Christmas Market in Huddersfield. The atmosphere and footfall were fantastic, and the event finished off a great but long week. 

    Christmas Fair

    Now to get ready to do it all again tomorrow!

  2. You just light the candle and let it burn – right?

    Wrong!

    Read on for tips to get the best burn out of your candle ensuring you don’t waste any of that

    gorgeous fragrance in your candle.

    You may not know that there are many different types of wicks and waxes that can be used to
    make candles. The combination of these, along with the fragrance oil and the size of the candle,
    means that all candles will perform differently.

    An experienced chandler will carry out testing on their candles before launching to the market.
    During this testing, the chandler will look at the performance of the wick, the burn time of the
    candle, how is the scent throw and does the melt pool reach across the whole of the candle -
    often trying different types of wicks and fragrances to find the best performance.

    Glass candle burning with flowers

    Full wax pool

    One of the many errors we make (and one I always did before learning the art of candle making!)
    is burning a candle for short periods of time causes the wax in the candle to “tunnel”. This
    basically means that the melted wax pool is not reaching the edge of the container and will
    create a tunnel down to the bottom of the container.

    How many of us will light a candle when we have a bath? I bet that candle is only lit for a short
    amount of time!

    For example, say we burn a candle for an hour, when we next relight the candle and keep it lit for
    another hour, the wick will continue to narrowly burn as the wax around the edge of the candle is
    not getting hot enough to melt. This means we are wasting lots of lovely fragranced wax!

    To get the best performance out of your candle and maximise the overall burn time of a candle.
    We need to have our candles lit for around 3 to 4 hours or at least until the melt pool is reaching
    the edges of the candle. Doing this each time will ensure an even burn across the candle.


    Trimmed wick photo

    Burn time

    It is recommended that you never leave a candle burning for more than 4 hours. This is for
    safety reasons to ensure the container doesn’t overheat and potentially crack or weaken the
    container. Burning candles for longer than recommended will also mean that as the container
    gets hotter and hotter, this will in turn melt the wax quicker in the candle. Whilst you may be
    using all your wax, you will be reducing the burn time of the candle.

    Untrimmed wick


    Trim the wick

    This is such an important step as it helps the wick to burn down the centre of the candle. As the
    wick burns and extends in length it will begin to lean to one side. If you never trim the wick, this
    means that one side of your candle will become hotter than the other leaving un-melted wax in
    your container. If you don’t have any wick trimmers, small scissors will do the job just fine!

    I hope these three tips will help you maximise the use of your candles – any questions please get
    in touch – helping melting!