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5 Effective Ways to Extinguish a Scented Candle Without Smoke or Smell

When you burn a scented candle, nothing is more unpleasant than the burnt smell that masks the fragrance when you extinguish it. The best scented candles are those that bring you pleasure. So ending on an unpleasant olfactory note is not an option. What are effective solutions to avoid this problem?

The first few times are not always perfect. The only solution I had found to avoid bad smells was to carry my hot candle to the kitchen before blowing it out. Fortunately dear candle addicts, there are simpler and more recommendable solutions!

The hairdresser method: The fastest to implement

Do you use a pair of scissors to cut your hair? Then take advantage and cut the wicks while they are burning! Cutting the wick will deprive it of fuel (the scented wax) that allows it to burn or smoke when you blow it out. Thus, the end of the wick will go out more quickly and produce less smoke. And you limit unpleasant odors.

If you have wick trimming scissors for candles, it will be even simpler. On one hand the end of the wick will remain in the center of the scissors thanks to the circular slot designed for this purpose. And there will be no risk of dropping it into the wax. On the other hand, the shape of these special scissors will allow you to easily access the wick, even for a well-burned candle whose wick is difficult to reach. This method does not necessarily require the purchase of a dedicated accessory. But it is not the most practical and effective because the candle still smokes a little.

extinguish a scented candle
Extinguish a Scented Candle

The immersion method: The most accessible

If you don’t have specific equipment to extinguish your candle, you just need to plunge the lit wick into the liquid wax. Using scissors for example. This will have the effect of immediately extinguishing the candle, without smoke or smell. Otherwise the object dedicated to this use is a kind of hook that also allows you to recenter the wick. Knowing that you should use your candle in sessions of one to three hours, you should have a large enough pool (liquid wax surface) to be able to do it. Then, take the time to bring out the wick properly, trim it to 5mm if needed and recenter it. Otherwise beware of nasty surprises!

The main disadvantage of this method is that you risk leaving burnt wick residue in your candle. Or even a piece of wick. Which is not very aesthetic and which risks altering the quality of diffusion at the next lighting. So be delicate!

The snuffer method: The most conventional

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

ways to extinguish a scented candle
Ways to Extinguish a Scented Candle

The bell jar method: The most wow

The bell jar is a very nice decorative object, but not only! Not only do you showcase your pretty candle. You protect it from dust so that it retains its delicate scents. But you will also be able to extinguish it easily. To do this, simply place the bell jar over the lit candle. Any flame needs oxygen to burn. With the bell jar, it will no longer have any and it will go out gradually. I feel like you have questions, so I’m going to anticipate them!

Will the candle still smoke?

Yes indeed. But instead of releasing all this smoke into the room, the bell jar will retain it and you will not smell any unpleasant odor, scout`s honor!

When I open the bell jar, will it smell like smoke?

No, not according to my tests. I re-opened my bell jar 15 minutes later, and I only smelled the subtle notes of the candle’s fragrance.

The disadvantage is that the bell jar takes up a bit of space. So if you use your scented candle in the bedroom, the nightstand is likely to be a bit cluttered. But for the living room, it’s a simple, quick and effective solution.

The lid method: My preference

Personally, although I have most of the recommended accessories for using scented candles, the one I use most frequently is the lid. I find it to be the ideal method. Unlike the bell jar, the lid takes up little space. And if you get a metal one, it will be almost indestructible.

The only important point to remember: NEVER use a lid made of flammable material (wood, plastic) to extinguish your candle. Only non-flammable materials AND designed or treated to withstand high temperatures (concrete, stone, metal, possibly glass or ceramic).

You might be tempted to use a saucer or small plate as a lid. Especially if you have a large 3-wick candle. In this case, check that your improvised lid can withstand high temperatures, and that it is not in an unstable position.

Personally I use a black stone lid (my favorite) or a metal one.

To protect your candle from dust, preserve its scent and extinguish it without smoking, just place the lid on the candle. And voila!

The only disadvantage is that unlike the bell jar which is taller than a standard size candle (180 to 190g), the lid can be in direct contact with the flame when there is more than 50% scented wax left. This can blacken the inside of your lid if it is aluminum or a light color.

If you prefer the last two methods, remember to recenter your wick before putting on the bell jar or lid. You will then trim the wick if necessary at the next lighting. If needed, clean the bell jar or lid occasionally.

In summary

If you prefer the last two methods, remember to recenter your wick before putting on the bell jar or lid. You will then trim the wick if necessary at the next lighting. If needed, clean the bell jar or lid occasionally. 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 out your candle. Or to use a liquid such as water to extinguish it. So avoid wetting your fingers to put out your candle! Especially since the wicks of scented candles are often thicker than those of tapers or other unscented candles. So they are harder to extinguish.

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