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Candle Care Guide: Getting The Most From Your Mary Jean Natural Fragrance


The smell is the sense most deeply tied to our feelings and memories and smell is the only one of our senses that shares contact with this emotion centre of our brain


You love candles. Sometimes you'll have more than just a few, one for each room of your house. Candles create an ambience like no other light. The tranquillity that is as fitting for a loud boisterous dinner party as it is for a quite relaxing evening bath.

Mary Jean® Home Fragrance

At Mary Jean we love to take the time to mix and pour each and individual candle by hand, ensuring our candles each burn evenly and beautifully for a long time. I may suggest the following tips for the care of your candle because you want the best experience and value for money.

Because you deserve maximum benefit from the natural ingredients. And a unique fragrance we've spent some time on each blending of essential oils, always for your best pleasure and mindfulness.

Caring for your Soy Candle

  • on the first light, give up to 3 hours burn time to form a full melt pool to the containers edge before blowing out ― this prevents your candle from tunnelling

  • always keep the wick centred in the melt pool, and trim before lighting to 0.25" (a quarter of an inch) is recommended

  • the container warms very quickly it is a recommendation not to burn a candle longer than 3 hours, and never leave a lit candle unattended

  • invest in a wick dipper, you dip the wick into melted wax after blowing out, this gives a smoke free flame the next time you light the wick

  • never leave a lit candle alone unattended, and placed on a flat non-flammable surface and away from the reach of children and pets

  • blow out if you see the flame get too high or if the flame is flickering constantly and there are no obvious drafts

  • keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times

  • never use water to put out a flame from a candle with hot melted wax

  • never use a knife or sharp object for removing wax drippings, you could weaken the glass causing it to crack, shatter or break

Quality and unique Fragrance

The fragrance are unique, the aroma is luxuriously in quality free from allergy causing industrial fragrance. And the fragrance is strong, lasting.

Too many candles lose their fragrance if you don't burn them soon enough after a purchase. Candles from Mary Jean stay potent for longer because of:

  • we pour the candles at a lower temperature, a little below 50° Celsius, and

  • we use a higher percentage of essential oils, no expense is spared

If you pour the essential oil blend into the wax at too high a temperature you will find that the top notes are "burnt off" before the wax has had time to absorb the full essential oil fragrance, so the true fragrance is lost.

Genetic Modified Free Lifestyle

Good quality wax, we use a blend of Soy and Rapeseed free from a petroleum paraffin-based wax for your best health and wellness. The wax blend is free of GM organism, having been sourced from the UK.

We worry too about the impact of GMO on the environment, plant and wildlife.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are an aromatic distilled oil extracted from a single botanical plant source. Essential oils have been utilised in fragrances, flavours and medicines for thousands of years. There are close to 400 or so essential oils extracted from plants found from all over the world.

Popular oils used in aromatherapy today include Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary and Tea Tree.

These natural plant oils are applied in a variety of ways, including:

  • massage

  • baths

  • inhalations

  • reed or vapour diffusers

Many studies have shown that when they are applied to the skin or inhaled, essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream and metabolised in the body.

The powerful smell of aromatherapy oils can support relaxation and stress relief. Use for mood enhancement and wellbeing, and supporting the immune system and circulatory health of your body.

Soy, Beeswax or Paraffin wax?

Which candle to buy based on the wax used often depends on two things. Either you want a natural eco-friendly, sustainably made candle or a factory mass produced candle.

The wax used in candles falls into two categories. Paraffin and natural.

Paraffin is derived from petroleum, shale or coal. It burns faster than natural wax and is most commonly used as a lower cost alternative. Then there is natural wax which may be Beeswax, Soy or Palm.

Soy wax is the most common and is derived from vegetable oil. It is slow burning, smokeless, non-toxic and all-natural.

The wax we use at Mary Jean® is a blend of 50% Soy and 50% Rapeseed. Other quality manufacturers may use Soy blended with Coconut, or even 100% Coconut.

Your choice will reflect your lifestyle and budget. High quality, higher priced candles are free from allergy causing toxins that are known to cause harm for you and loved ones.

Family pets as well are affected deeply by soot released from low quality wax.

How to stop soot forming on the candle?

If you see soot when the candle is lit, blow it out. Once cool, trim the wick a couple of millimetres before use. You should aim for a wick of 5mm (or a quarter of an inch) at most before lighting.

How to stop the candle from tunnelling, burning unevenly?

The first burn is the most important as this is what the wax remembers. The first time you use a candle always let the melt pool reach the containers edge. And a pool of a few millimetres at least before blowing out.

Avoid many short burns, burn for longer and less often to make the most of the burning potential of our Soy and Rapeseed wax blend.

Where does the wax go when burning a candle?

When melted, the liquid wax is drawn up the wick by capillary action. The heat of the flame vaporises the liquid wax turning it into a hot gas.

The gas rises and disperses into molecules of hydrogen and carbon.

How is the wax created, from the Soy plant?

Once harvested the bean is cleaned and split open, separating the husk. The bean is then rolled into flakes.

Under high pressure, natural oil is extracted from the flakes and then this liquid is hydrogenated. This process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated fat.

The melting point of this fat is drastically altered leaving the fat solid at room temperature. Husk shells are commonly used in animal feed or can be found in skincare products as an exfoliant.

I see smoke and soot from my natural Soy candle, why?

Unlike Paraffin wax, soy produces very little smoke and soot from burning. If you do notice any, the reason could be a draft near by. Even though this wax is clean burning, any wax will smoke when exposed to too much air.

Can I reuse the glass afterwards?

Once the wax has melted to within 10 millimetres at the bottom the candle has come to the end of its useful life.

Wash out the glass in hot soapy water. The wax is clean and environmentally friendly so don't worry about pollution.

Shop Home Fragrance

Make your home smell utterly gorgeous with the best candles and relaxing natural fragrances from Mary Jean® Home Fragrance.

Shopping for the best candle to cosy up your home at any time of year, you're looking to create a beautifully scented space to relax in. You are spoiled for choice when choosing a luxury candle for your home or to gift to a loved one or friend.

The signature Home Seasons range offers a scent for every season. Unique and tantalisingly. Each is a reminiscence of a season you will welcome into your home life. Your senses identify with sending old memories of past times rushing back.

Hand poured in batches of no more than 64 pieces, and a burn time averaging 48 hours. I figure a Home Season candle displayed elegantly for your personal space or as a centrepiece welcoming your diners, the candles have many functions.

Discover the buy guide to Home Seasons range for your home and family.

Aromatherapy grade essential oils resulting in an enhanced mood and feeling of wellbeing from your ambient space. Enjoy a fragrance that brings clarity and peace of mind for all your family free from industrial chemicals and petroleum waste.

Spring Season

Enjoy an awakening early in a new year as this spring esque fragrance has a tinge of floral notes of bergamot and marjoram blended with a woody cedarwood ever present for your senses finished off with the romance of clary sage.

Summer Season

The blending of essential oils of clove and basil bring together a spicy sweetness playing on your senses with patchouli and its intoxicating earthy aroma balanced with geranimum for a summers end.

Autumn Season

Bring warmth into your home with a unique balance of herbal cardamom and cinnamon and clove all a little sweet but truly spicy and a woody fragrance for autumn we ready our thoughts for life indoors with a hint of ginger.

Winter Season

An aromatic fragrance strong on the vetiver with clove and cinnamon for a sweetness resulting in an almost cool alpine reminiscence and unexpectedly free of anything spicy with the geranium florals just noticeable.

Personal Self Care

The four seasons, each a quality homely fragrance welcoming you and loved ones home. Natural and pure for your health and wellbeing, the best possible home decor addition to melt away daily stress. Now is your time for peaceful relaxation.

Caring for your Reed Diffuser

Our natural oil reed diffusers will last for at least 8 weeks and often longer.

When you notice the fragrance is weakening, reverse the reeds every week to get the best possible enjoyment from your diffuser. Always keep out of reach of children and pets and never ingest the natural Glycerin base diffuser oil.

Be aware that essential oils used in our reed diffusers if spilled, may damage furniture and fabrics, painted surfaces, wood and plastic.

  • Unique blends of essential oils longingly play with your senses as each season rolls by, relax because this is luxury home fragrance at it's finest.

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