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How to Up Your Candle Game in 2020

There are several things you can do to improve your experience with candles this year. Some of these changes involve choosing a high-quality brand, while others are based more on how you treat your candles. To help you out, we’ve come up with a list of five simple ways you can up your candle game in 2020!

STEP 1 - CHOOSE A BRAND THAT GIVES BACK.

It’s 2020 – if your favorite brands don’t give back, it might be time to explore some other options. Ultimately, in this day and age, brands have an ethical obligation to do right by the planet, their customers, and their employees. As a brand, we’ve made it our mission to make a difference through our Light a Candle Feed a Child™ program. The world hunger crisis, and specifically how it impacts children across the globe, is an issue that’s close to our hearts. With over three million children dying each year from hunger, the need for change remains an urgent priority. This led us to partner with Rice Bowls, a non-profit organization that provides food for children in orphanages around the world. When you buy a candle, a child is provided three meals, allowing you to be a small part of something big. Since our partnership with Rice Bowls in 2010, you have helped provide over 9 million meals to children around the world. You can continue to support this cause by shopping the Products that Feed on our website.

STEP 2 - MAKE QUALITY A PRIORITY.

At Bridgewater, quality is always top of mind for us. Unlike other home fragrance companies, all Bridgewater fragrances are made in house by our very own fragrance team. This means the candles are poured in the same facility where the fragrances are created. Because of this, we can guarantee that our home-grown fragrances are sure to set your home apart!

In terms of materials, all our candles are made in the USA using a soy-blend wax. This type of wax holds a greater fragrance load than traditional candles, which means you’ll get to enjoy even more throw from your favorite Bridgewater fragrances. In addition, all our candles are manufactured using cotton or paper wicks that are free of lead and zinc. This ensures a safe, clean burn every time. All the glass we use has passed rigorous 3rd party ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) safety testing. And, while we do use a blend of natural and synthetic ingredients, all our fragrance ingredients adhere to strict safety standards set by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA). So, you can rest assured that our candles are safe to use. To read more about what Bridgewater candles are made of, check out this blog.

STEP 3 - GET YOUR BURN GAME RIGHT.

Did you know there’s a correct way to burn a candle? Believe it or not, some of our own team members had no clue until they started working here! There are five main things you need to remember:

  1. Trim your wick to ¼ of an inch every time you burn it
  2. Let your candle pool all the way across before blowing it out
  3. Keep your candle on a level surface so the wax remains even
  4. Stop burning when you have ½ an inch of wax left
  5. Repurpose or recycle your container when done

For more information on proper candle burning techniques, check out our Candle Burning 101 post.

STEP 4 - TRY SOMETHING NEW.

Let’s face it… if you never try new things, you’ll never know. Our in-house perfumers work hard to create unique fragrances that are designed to quickly fill a room (and your heart) with joy. From fresh and clean to warm and cozy, our fragrances capture special moments in time. So, what’s stopping you from finding your signature scent? If you’re ready to take that leap, you can learn more about how to choose a fragrance right here! Having a signature scent is a sign of adulthood. Burning your signature scent in your home is a fabulous form of self-expression.

STEP 5 - UPGRADE YOUR HOME DÉCOR.

With a simple candle, you can give your home décor a serious upgrade! For example, our Sweet Grace Collection is perfect for all you amazing boss babes out there. You can give your living room or home office an easy facelift with the help of a gorgeous, feminine Sweet Grace Collection candle. Or, for those of you who prefer a more masculine fragrance and look, the Afternoon Retreat Collection offers several handsome vessels that can singlehandedly improve the look of your mantle or coffee table.