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Luxury Candles An Essential Guide

Luxury Candles | An Essential Guide

An Essential Guide To Luxury Candles

It might be the faint fragrance of lavender or the gentle flame of a tea light, but a carefully selected luxury candle can help create the right ambiance and it adds the finishing touche to your interior decoration. The candle industry is already worth over £1.9 billion in the UK and perfumed candles are continuing to grow in popularity.

As demand rises, so does the choice on offer and choosing the ideal fragranced candle is more complicated than one might have first thought.

It is with this in mind, that we have written this essential guide to luxury scented candles. We will not only discuss what you should consider when buying your luxury candles, but also how to make the most of them.

After all, Edith Wharton said: “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or mirror that reflects it.”

How To Choose Luxury Candles

What Type Of Luxury Candle Should You Purchase ?

Of course, everyone’s reasons and surrounding circumstances for wanting a luxury scented candle are different.

Therefore, we have created a table that can be used as a reference to better inform your decision.

Candle Type Usage
Candles in Glass Are poured into containers, usually glass.

The most common type of perfumed candle.

The molten, hot wax releases the perfume.

Pillar Candles Are formed into cylinders from firm wax that can burn free-standing.

Can be placed on a heat-resistant (& possibly decorative) dish.

Often used to enhance a beautiful living room mantel piece.

Taper Candles Made from firm max shaped to be much taller and thinner.

Typically, they are found in a classic candelabra or a typical candlestick.

Commonly positioned as a centre piece upon a dinner table.

Votive Candles Typically small, square or cylindrical.

Commonly presented in a small cup or glass jar.

Suited perfectly for bedside tables, bathroom units or bookshelves.

Tea Lights Usually are small and round.

They are recommended to be scattered across flat surfaces in the home.

Ideally placed in clusters.

Different Types of Wax In Luxury Candles

The main criteria for assessing the quality of a candle are:

  • wax: is the wax petroleum derived or from a sustainable source?
  • clean burn: does the candle soot and smoke when it is burning?
  • strong fragrance: does the fragrance fill the room? Is the odour of soot or smoke perceivable?
  • beautiful appearance: is the wax beautifully white or creamy? Is the surface smooth?
  • no drip: does the taper candle drip?
  • type of wick: is made from cotton? Does it contain a metal filament?

The type of wax that a candle is made from, is often overlooked by most of us and yet for luxury candles, the wax has a significant impact on their quality.

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin wax is the most common type of wax. It produces more smoke and soot than other waxes. Contains ‘toluen’ and ‘benzene’ which are known carcinogenes. On the other hand, it is the cheapest of all waxes, easy to dye and very suitable for making highly scented candles.

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax has a natural honey-like aroma and emits a warm glow when lit because of its colour, i.e. reduces the need to add dyes to the wax. This means they are a good choice for those with allergies or looking for a natural wax. Due to its high melting point, beeswax is also less likely to drip.

Soy Wax

Soy wax is natural and renewable. Essentially, it is the sustainable choice. The wax is made of soybean oil, which is biodegradable but also burns cleanly for extended periods of time. Any spills can be easily washed away with soap and hot water.

Other Waxes

There are many other types of wax that are very suitable for perfume candles: palm, sunflower, coconut, flower wax, avocado, stearin, …

Their popularity varies between regions, e.g. stearin is the most popular wax in Scandinavia, and candle formats, e.g. stearin is more popular for taper candles and soy wax is mainly used in container candles.

For a more in-depth overview, you may enjoy reading through our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ about candles:

Luxury Pairfum Scented Candles

Luxury Candles & Fragrance

The Scent Thow

Is the ‘Scent-Throw’ strong enough so that the fragrance of the candle fills the room?

When it comes to the fragrance of luxury candles, there are a few things that should be considered

  • the bigger the space, the more candles are required or the larger the candles should be
  • a candle wax with higher meltpoint will result in a stronger fragrance
  • the more perfume mixed into the wax, the stronger and longer lasting the fragrance. Cheap candles frequently only scent the uppermost layer of the candle.

All luxury candle waxes have a saturation point, meaning that there is a certain limit to the amount of fragrance that can be added due to safety concerns, i.e. if the wax is oversaturated, the flame may ignite the essential oils that seep out of the wax.

The fragrance of luxury scented candles is a very personal experience and preference, which will invoke different feelings and memories in each of us. There are infinite combinations of fragrances so we invite our customers to explore the ones that appeal to them.

Wax Shrinks!

As wax cools and solidifies, it shrinks and cracks or holes appear.

A second layer of wax, i.e. like a top coat, is normally applied in order to create a smooth finish.

Some companies only scent the wick or use scented wax during the second refill, which is why you may stop smelling the candle after the top layer of the wax has burned off.

For a candle fragrance that lasts, we include the maximum amount of concentrated perfume oil that is technically possible and we fragrance the entire wax, i.e. from top to bottom and not just the ‘top coat’.

How To Maintain Luxury Candles

How To Maintain Luxury Candles

When the perfect candle has been found, only half of the work is complete. Even the best scented candle still needs some tender love and care to ensure it performs at its best.

Tip 1: The First Lighting Of The Luxury Candle

This is possibly the most important time in any candle’s life and should dedicate a little of your time to it. You need to watch until the wax starts to melt and form a ‘pool’ up to the edges of its container. You should not extinguish the candle before it has developed a full meltpool, i.e. the entire surface of the wax has turned molten.

This prevents ‘tunnelling’ or the phenomenon where the flame ‘tunnels’ down into the wax without ever forming a full meltpool. Tunneling eventually leads to a candle that extinguishes itself before the entire wax has been used up.

If possible, a luxury candle should be extinguished with a sniffer as it will help to ensure that the wick stays centred.

As a result, whenever the candle is lit again in the future, it will burn cleanly down the sides of its glass container.

Tip 2: Invest In Some Wick Trimmers

When you buy luxury candles, it is very likely that the candle maker would have trimmed the wick for the first lighting  If this is not the case, trim the wick to 4mm and again after each burn.

Trimming the wick down to 4mm will ensure that your luxury candles will last longer but there will also be less soot in the wax than if the wick was longer.

As well as avoiding soot, in order to avoid flaring, we recommend keeping the liquid wax free of wick trimmings or match ends.

Tip 3: Good Luxury Candle Burning Habits

Avoid burning the last centimetre of wax in order to protect the candle container, e.g. it might crack, and the surface that you have placed your candle on.

Wicks can become deformed and develop ‘mushrooms’, if they are burned too long. We recommend not burning a luxury candle for more than four hours at a time.

Pairfum Lifestyle Hallway Driftwood Scented Candle Cedar Noir 1 1

Pairfum London Luxury Perfume & Soy Candles

One of the advantages of our Pairfum Luxury Candles is that they have multiple wicks and they are made of cotton (or linen). High-quality luxury candles use finely woven cotton wicks, free from metal filaments to keep them upright. Metal filaments have been proven to be carcinogenic.

Instead, seek out candles that use wick with either a special weave or paper filaments to keep them upright while they are burning.

Our candles tend to release a more powerful fragrance and provide a beautiful glow. The burning time of a candle depends on the quality and size of the candle. The longer burning time of our luxury candles is a sign of quality over cheaper candles.

Pairfum Large Snow Crystal Candle Pure Pink Lavender

Pairfum Large Snow Crystal Candle Noir Orangerie Blossoms

Making Scents Pairfum Fragrance Layering

Fragrance Layering In Your Home

Layering in Fashion

Layering is a concept that has been around for a while in fashion and many of us are experts at layering and combining clothes to create our own, ‘personal look’, whereas fragrance layering is still relatively new. Regardless of whether you are speaking with catwalk designers or high street boutiques, they all talk about layering.

Playful layering is always on the style agenda, especially when navigating the changeable weather conditions of the Spring and Summer Seasons. We can indulge our creative sides by mixing different textures and fabrics with a variety of lengths and colours and then accessorising them with scarves and jewellery. Now, men’s fashion is also turning to luxury layering and it could be seen at recent catwalks in Paris.

When we are not yet entirely sure of the weather, when one week we are basking in tropical temperatures, to running for cover from a mini-monsoon the next, we have all become dab hands at the tricky art of layering our clothes to be prepared for different conditions.

Layering Fashion Clothes Fragrance Colour Perfume

Fragrance Layering

Layering is not only associated with one’s outfit but can also include our perfume. The latest trend is taking the skill of layering clothes and adapting the principles to our skin, by layering our perfumes and beauty products for a more dynamic and unique scent.

The key to mastering layering is knowing which notes work well together and how they enhance each other. It is all about incorporating the right scents into your beauty routine to make your perfume work harder for you. When thinking about layering perfume it is important to remember that fragrances have top, heart and base notes.

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Here are a few perfumer’s tips for fragrance layering:

• For Spring and Summer, the nicest combinations of fragrance layering is created when you combine light with heavy fragrances. For example, you can adapt your typical ‘winter’ or ‘evening wear’ fragrance for summer use by layering a fresh, light scent over the top.

• Take one of your ‘classic’ perfumes and layer something ‘trendy’ over the top.

• Start your journey towards professional fragrance layering, by using fragrances which are as close as possible to single ingredients, such as the very trendy ‘soliflorals’.

• Alternatively, use fragrances from the same fragrance family to start with, such as floral, oriental, herbacious, citrus, wood, etc. Once you are pleased with your results and become more confident, you can combine perfumes from contrasting families, such as layering citrus over oriental, floral over woody, herbacious over musky.

• Begin with the heavier of the fragrances you plan to combine and use them sparingly, as they may overpower the lighter notes you have in mind. You may have to use more of the lighter fragrance to counterbalance the impact of the heavier perfume.

• Layer by combining different applications. Fragrance oils will naturally bind with the oils in your moisturiser or body oil. This insight allows you to layer a light, fresh eau de toilette over a heavier, rich body lotion.

• You can also layer by applying fragrance to different parts of your body. For example, start with fragrance on your pulse points (wrist, elbow, neck) and finish with a different fragrance for your hair. Alternatively, a fragrance on your wrists and elbow easily combines with another fragrance for your neck or under your arms.

Be prepared to share your secret, when you receive a compliment. The compliments may come from the most surprising directions.

Have you tried already our Perfume Experience Box?

It is ideal for fragrance layering:

  • to combine or layer fragrances, you don’t always need the full-sized flacon,
  • it offers you an instant library of fragrances to immediately start combining with your existing perfumes
  • you can keep a few in your bag and use them throughout the day to change your fragrance profile as the day progresses.

Pairfum Collection Niche Perfume Experience Fragrance Library Square Gift Box Open Display

Fragrance Layering At Home

The concept of layering can also be adapted to fragrances in our home and the same basic rules apply.

Many real estate agents are known for warming bread in an oven for open houses or preparing fresh coffee to welcome the visitor to a viewing. Smells send out subliminal ‘welcome’ or ‘comfort’ messages when you open the front door.

This is exactly what you do when you welcome people into your home. Take this a step further by combining various fragrances in your home to provide a multitude of sensorial experiences when walking from one room to the next, as fragrance layering can really enhance the ambience of your home.

A perfumer’s approach to layering fragrances at home

One of the reason’s why we struggle to perceive the fragrance we apply to our skin during the course of the day, is that our noses get used to our own fragrances. They literally get ‘saturated’.

The mistake in layering fragrances at home is consequently to use fragrances which are ‘too similar’. Imagine you have just been in your bedroom which has a beautiful floral fragrance, and then walk into the corridor, also with a floral fragrance. It is likely that your nose will have difficulties noticing the difference.

Instead, we suggest that you distinguish between the ‘spine’ of your house and the ‘outlying’ rooms. In the spine of your home, which are corridors, hallways or any other central room in your home, you should have a distinctly different fragrance from the connecting outlying rooms, such as bedrooms, living rooms, and bathrooms. For example you could use heavier fragrances from a similar ‘olfactive range’ in the entrance hall (for example a vanilla fragrance) and then entice your visitors into your living room with a lighter floral perfume, such as a beautiful rose note. Equally, you can do the same and contrast ‘herbal’ fragrances with ‘fruity’ or ‘floral’ perfumes.

Lifestyle Living Room Natural Reed Diffuser Fragrance Candle 1 1

The Spine

Here are a few suggestions for the ‘spine’ of your home that combine well with many different perfumes:

Innocent Vanilla: A rich white floral top note of Louisiana magnolia invites you into a soft, enveloping heart of white musk, infused with crushed vanilla pods and resting on a base of sandalwood. This is an ideal, heavier ‘base’ fragrance for your home, as it combines exceptionally well with other fragrances.

SPA: A beautiful aquatic note with a tangy, effervescent top note of bergamot, mandarin, rosemary, lavender and fresh violet leaves. Radiation from heart are sea salt and mineral notes, with aerial and translucent flowers (lily of the valley, jasmine) and accents of green tea. The fond is layered with vibrant woody (cedar, patchouli), ambery and mossy accords (oakmoss). This is a lighter, fresher ‘base’ perfume, around which you can easily layer other perfumes in your home.

Outlyers

The following are some fragrance suggestions for the ‘outlying’ rooms of your house, as they will contrast well with the two afore mentioned perfumes:

Black Orchid: An exotic fragrance with rich top notes of Anjou pear, dark cassis and orange slice. The heart is elegantly floral with notes of black orchid, powdery violet, olive leaf, freesia and ginger flower leading to a sensual base of musk, copahu balm and vanilla pod.

Trail of White Petals: A delicate and yet sparkling white floral note infused with jasmine blossom, interlaced with lily, white rose and ylang-ylang. The top note has a hint of apple and the fond rests on a base of precious sandalwood and musk.

Pink Grapefruit: A vibrantly pink grapefruit fragrance with added complexity from mandarin, lime and bergamot. Floral notes of jasmin and lily lend a feminine touch and deep sophistication comes from a sandalwood accord in the base note.

Neroli & Olive: The distilled fragrance of the Mediterranean: a sophisticated accord built around the vibrant citrus notes of neroli, pomelo and lime and yet softened with jasmine petals. Vertiver, patchouli and leather add depth and complete the sensation of walking through an olive grove on a warm, sunny day.

Lifestyle Blue Bathroom Natural Fragrance Large Reed Diffuser

Accents and Base Notes

Another form of layering fragrances at home is contrasting continuous ‘base fragrances’ with sporadic ‘accents’.

For example, imagine your bathroom with a continuous, beautifully warm vanilla fragrance but then you come home and prepare a bath and would like to add a relaxing lavender scent. Alternatively, you have a wonderfully floral fragrance in your living room but in the evening you may wish to add something ‘light & fresh’ to compliment a soft balmy evening, or ‘warm & comforting’ to keep the winter chills at bay.

Does this sound familiar?

Layering fragrances in these situations is similar to layering perfumes onto your skin: you use a base fragrance and then add an accent over the top.

The ideal product to give your rooms a base fragrance is a reed diffuser. Products that can add an accent are natural perfume candles or room perfume sprays.

Another suggestion is to use a bouquet of beautifully fragrant flowers for the base note, for examples ‘lilies’, and combine these with a luxurious fragrance candle to give your room the desired atmospheric accent when your visitors arrive.

There are many other creative ways how you can think outside of the box for a base fragrance, and an accent in each room.

Natural Home Fragrance Perfumed Candle Reed Diffuser Livingroom Sideboard

A Final Note

The PAIRFUM London Collection offers you healthy and luxurious options for base and accent fragrances to suit your rooms. The PAIRFUM Collection is designed to be displayed proudly in your home and will fit perfectly into any interior style, regardless of whether this is ‘minimalist’, ‘country cottage’, ‘funky’ or ‘palatial’.

The sophisticated yet subtle blending of the perfume notes in the fragrances makes them a welcome addition to any home.

The PAIRFUM London collection is available online in our boutique.

Lifestyle Natural Room Fragrance Canopy Infusion Diffuser

Natural Driftwood Diffuser Niche Perfume Your home Pure Art

Natural Driftwood Diffuser

Pairfum London’s Natural Driftwood Diffuser is pure Scent Art for your home!

This natural piece of teak driftwood will fragrance a room for up to 4 weeks. It uses a natural honeycomb diffuser that is inserted at the back. Compared with Reed Diffusers, there is no risk of damage from liquid spills (think of children & pets !) and it does not deplete the ozone layer. Simply open & display it to envelop yourself and your home with a beautiful couture perfume.

Pairfum London invites you to add a touch of loving elegance to your world within.

We care about the people you give this perfume to, they will know you care about them and their world too:

  • no two pieces of teak driftwood are the same !
  • our driftwood is collected from the floor of the rainforest, i.e. no de-forestation
  • honeycomb cartridge is made from 100 % natural beeswax
  • perfumes (lasts) upto 4 weeks
  • exquisite couture perfumes are made using essential oils and are fully biodegradable, healthy for you and the environment
  • PAIRFUM uses part of its profits to buy beehives for the developing world. One beehive sustains one family, year after year.

Features

  • natural teak driftwood:
  • collected from the floor of the rainforest, i.e. no de-forestation
  • refillable, just insert a fresh perfumed honeycomb at the back
  • non flammable
  • non toxic – non carcinogenic – non VOC
  • solvent free

Benefits

  • each piece of driftwood is a unique piece of art for the room = Perfumed Art !
  • each honeycomb perfumes for upto 4 weeks
  • a great alternative to the ‘Reed Diffuser’ for families with pets or children: no need to fear damage from the spillage of a toppled reed diffuser

You can buy the Natural Driftwood Diffuser here in our online boutique.

natural botanical leaf diffuser

Canopy Infusion

PAIRFUM Canopy Infusion – the unique botanical leaf diffuser !

These leaf arrangements are naturally as unique as the forests that inspired them: display them like a piece of art on a stand, hold them upright between stone pebbles, place them amongst pot pourri, arrange them on a platter or hang them like a mobile in your window and they will miraculously perfume every day (for up to 4 weeks). Each precious leaf is carefully coated by hand with a concentrated & pure perfume infusion (patent pending).

We care about the people you give these leaves to, they will know you care about them and their world too:

  • 100 % natural, air-dried ‘seagrape’ leaves. The leaves we use fell naturally from their trees
  • each leaf is a unique piece of art for your home
  • exquisite couture perfumes are made using essential oils and are fully biodegradable, healthy for you and the environment
  • handmade & giftwrapped by artisans in the United Kingdom
  • non toxic – non carcinogenic – non VOC

Features

  • natural leaves are coated with pure, crystallised perfume
  • highly perfumed
  • essential oils
  • 6 x leaves per pack
  • natural:
  • natural, air dried ‘seagrape’ leaves
  • seagrape grows along the coastal regions of Southern & Latin America and as far north as Florida.
  • seagrape leaves are bright green with red veines before they dry on the plant
  • non flammable
  • non toxic – non carcinogenic – non VOC
  • solvent free

Benefits:

  • each leaf is a unique piece of art for the room

Perfumed Art !

  • each leaf perfumes for upto 4 weeks

6 x months perfume per giftbox

  • sophisticated & strong perfume for the room
  • facilitates individual creativity as it can be used in many ways:
  • display them like a piece of art on a stand,
  • hold them upright between stone pebbles,
  • place them amongst pot pourri,
  • arrange them on a platter or,
  • hang them like a mobile in your window
  • a great alternative to the ‘Reed Diffuser’ for families with pets or children
  • No fear of damage from the spillage of a toppled reed diffuser
natural botanical leaf diffuser

Botanical Diffusers

We have a selection of botanical diffusers, including ‘Canopy Infusion’ and ‘Driftwood Diffuser’.

Beehive Sachets

Perfume Sachet

PAIRFUM Sachet – long lasting & natural

Place or hang PAIRFUM Sachet in a wardrobe, drawer or a similar location and it will miraculously perfume every day (for up to 6 months). Each precious beeswax honeycomb sheet is carefully coated by hand with a pure & concentrated perfume infused nectar.

We care about the people you give this sachet to, they will know you care about them and their world too:

  • 100 % natural, beeswax honeycomb
  • perfumes (lasts) up to 6 months
  • exquisite couture perfumes are made using essential oils and are fully biodegradable, healthy for you and the environment
  • handmade & gift wrapped by artisans in the United Kingdom
  • non toxic – non carcinogenic – non VOC
  • PAIRFUM uses part of its profits to buy beehives for the developing world. One beehive sustains one family, year after year.

The sachet contains a real beeswax foundation sheet:

  • 100 % pure beeswax made from European beeswax
  • the beeswax was only filtered, i.e. not chemical treatment
  • the beeswax sheet is edible
  • it has been mechanically pressed into the typical honeycomb structure as found in nature
  • these sheets are identical to the honeycomb foundation sheets that beekeepers use in beehives

Sachet size: 11 x 18 cm

flacon

PAIRFUM Flacon

PAIRFUM Flacon – designed to be displayed !

Simply release PAIRFUM Flacon to envelop yourself and your home with a beautiful couture perfume. Pairfum invites you to add a touch of loving elegance to your world within.

We care about the people you give this perfume to, they will know you care about them and their world too:

  • couture perfume for you & your home. Two editions:

room perfume
– perfume for linen & fabric

  • content: 100 ml
  • perfumes are made using essential oils and are fully biodegradable, healthy for you and the environment.
  • 2 applications/sprays last between 2–8 hours in the air (in an unvented room)
  • alcohol: 100% biodegradable & natural from sugar (molasses), i.e. renewable
  • CO2 neutral – non toxic – non carcinogenic
  • handmade & gift wrapped by artisans in the United Kingdom
  • the perfume flacon is decorated with a silkscreen print of an original, hand drawn illustration
two bundles of PAIRFUM Reed Diffuser Sticks or Reed Diffuser Refill Reeds lying beside a bottle of reed diffuser refill oil

Replacement rattan reeds for your reed diffuser !

Natural rattan reeds to recharge your PAIRFUM reed diffuser !

Simply replace your black reeds with new, natural rattan reeds. PAIRFUM reeds are especially long to ensure your reed diffuser is strong enough to fill your home with beautiful couture perfume. Pairfum invites you to add a touch of loving elegance to your world within.

We care about the people you give this product to, they will know you care about them and your world too:

  • 10 x extra long rattan reeds
  • black reeds that do not discolour the diffuser liquid
  • natural – no-toxic – non-carcinogenic
  • only use PAIRFUM’s extra long rattan reeds with PAIRFUM reed diffuser oils. The non-VOC diffuser oils used, work at their best with extra long rattan reeds.

Nearly all reed diffusers on the market use a liquid which is not eco-friendly and which is classed as VOC (volatile organic compound) under the EU and USA legislation, ie. it depletes the ozone layer.

The PAIRFUM Reed Diffuser uses an innovative non-VOC liquid, which is also recyled and biodegradable.

Large Reed Tower

Large Tower Reed Diffuser

Couture PAIRFUM in a reed diffuser !

Simply open and display it to envelope yourself and your home with a beautiful couture perfume. Pairfum invites you to add a touch of loving elegance to your world within.

We care about the people you give this product to, they will know you care about them and your world too:

  • couture perfume for you and your home. Perfumes are made with essential oils and are fully biodegradable, healthy for you and the environment.
  • 200 ml of perfumes lasts 6 – 8 months
  • non-flammable – no-toxic – non-carcinogenic
  • handmade and gift wrapped by artisans in the United Kingdom
  • highly scented, ie. there is more pure couture perfume oil in our bottles then in a typical ‘parfum’ from a designer label
  • luxury decanter made from Italian glass

Nearly all reed diffusers on the market use a liquid which is not eco-friendly and which is classed as VOC (volatile organic compound) under the EU and USA legislation, ie. it depletes the ozone layer.

The PAIRFUM Reed Diffuser uses an innovative non-VOC liquid, which is also recyled and biodegradable.