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Institute of Cosiness: how to get the most out of your candles

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How to get the most from your candles

Throughout December, Stylist is inviting you to revel in the simple joy of cosiness. From finding the perfect scarf (and effectively swathing yourself in it), to planning a weekend getaway at a rustic country pub, our content over the next month will endeavor to give you that warm, snuggly feeling inside. Here, learn how to get the most out of your candles. Welcome, dear friends, to the Institute of Cosiness.

Diptyque’s head of product creation, Myriam Badault, tells us how to get the most out of your candles

WHEN IS THE IDEAL TIME TO LIGHT A CANDLE IF YOU HAVE GUESTS COMING OVER?

“It takes about 30 minutes for a candle to begin to fully give off its scent, as the wax has to melt first. Ideally, light it one hour before your guests arrive. Place the candle somewhere with space around it so that the scented air can circulate easily.”

IS THERE A PERFECT NUMBER OF CANDLES TO LIGHT ?

“When they’re good quality, you don’t need many. But, by burning two different scented candles together, you can actually create your own, unique home scent. To enhance cosiness, I’d mix candles with heavy notes of amber and orange for a warming atmosphere.”

How to get the most from your candles

WHAT ABOUT THE CANDLE’S JAR?

“The colour of the jar plays an important part in creating a sense of magic. At Diptyque, we focused on red, blue and green in this year’s holiday collection which, once lit, create a soft glow within the room. This is what makes a candle appeal to all the senses.”

WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO SCENT FOR A COSY NIGHT IN ?

“Nothing quite compares to the smell of wood burning on a fireplace. We created our Feu de Bois candle around this experience. Candles with woody notes are the key to evoking a warm, wintertime room.”

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