If you’ve spent any time in a Facebook wax group, you know that throw is the most important component when determining a candle’s quality. Throw is the term used to describe how well the scent from a candle circulates throughout a space. A lot of people think that you just need to find a candle with a good scent, but that won’t do you any good if the fragrance won’t fill a room. Considering the following items when choosing a candle will help ensure that you find one with a robust throw.
A lot of people think that you just need to find a candle with a good scent, but that won’t do you any good if the fragrance won’t fill a room.
Use High Quality Wax
Scented candle wax is made when wax is combined with fragrance oils. If the fragrance oil is added at the right time and temperature, it will bind to the wax. When the wax is heated, the oil is released along with the fragrance.
Generally speaking, paraffin wax will have a better throw than soy wax. Paraffin wax binds better to the oil, so more fragrance is released when it’s warm. Soy candles sometimes smell stronger when cold, but their hot throw is not as wide.
There is some concern about possible pollutants associated with burning a paraffin wax candle. Using a candle warmer to heat paraffin wax, rather than burning it, allows you to enjoy the fragrance without the risks of flame, soot, or other pollutants.
Candle wax will have a different intensity of fragrance when it’s cold compared to when it’s hot. Depending on the type of wax being used, it may smell stronger when it’s cold or hot. The fragrance might also be much different when the wax is heated than it was when it was cold. Getting to know different fragrances and brands will help you to know what to expect from a candle or wax melts, and to decide which your favorites are.
A Wide Wax Pool
Only the wax that is warmed will be releasing fragrance, so getting a bigger wax pool going will give you the widest throw. When burning a candle, those that are bigger, and have more than one wick, will throw better than smaller, one-wick candles. Candle warmer crocks will heat a candle from all sides, turning the entire jar into a giant wax pool, and releasing maximum fragrance. The only problem with this method is that it shortens the life of the candle.
Candle Warmer Lamps and Lanterns from Candle Warmers Etc. use top-down warming technology to create a wide wax pool, while still preserving the layers of wax beneath for future use. This method gives you the best of both worlds: maximum fragrance throw, and longer lasting candles.
A good solution for spreading fragrance throughout a larger space is to use a Fan Fragrance Warmer from Candle Warmers Etc. These warmers are equipped with a whisper-quiet fan that circulates the fragrance. Wax melts in any fragrance can be added to their tins, and the fragrance will spread within minutes.