6 Ways to Preserve the Life of your Candle!

We all know the basics of candle etiquette: Keep a burning candle within sight, be sure to blow out the candle before leaving and never leave a candle burning on or near anything that can catch fire. But do we know the secret rules to preservation, better aroma and proper placement? This blog will go over all of the do’s and dont’s and everything in between!

The history of candles is said to go way back to ancient Egyptian times where burning candles was a spiritual medium. The purpose was to release negative energy and encourage positivity to flood in. Furthermore, candles have been used for support, symbolism and light.

Here’s need-to-know information on all things candle burning:

1. Good Vibes. Remarkably, the Egyptains weren’t too far off when it comes to positivity in relation to specific candles! Beeswax candles give off almost no smoke an

d they clean the air by releasing negative ions into the air. These ions can bind with toxins to help remove them from the oxygen.

2. No Smoking. Ever wondered how to get rid of the smoke that fills the air after blowing out a candle? The trick: Instead of blowing out the candle, use a pencil to dip the wick into the wax. This strategy prevents the candle from smoking and preserves the life of the wick!

3. Clean Burn. Unrelated to the type of candle, soot is formed when the wick is too long or too short. To prevent soot and get a clean, bright flame, cut your wick to ¼ of an inch between every burn. This also prevents a smoke ring from forming inside of your glass.

4. Even Burn. In order to prevent wax walls from building, be sure to let the candle burn long enough to pool all the way across to make for an even burn. This means that you shouldn’t set out to burn a candle unless you have time to spare, especially on the first lighting!

5. Keeping Clean. To keep the glass or container clean, keep the flame away from moving air including vents, fans, moving people and windows. Moving air leads to black marks and residue on the container.

6. Longer Burn. To ensure that your candle burns for longer, be sure to keep the candle out of direct sunlight. Sunlight makes the candle burn hotter, therefor faster. It can also fade the color of the wax over time. Additionally, keeping your candle away from other burning candles can also help to preserve the life-span. By grouping, the flames of other candles will produce more heat and again, burn quicker.

Now that you are a candle expert, head over to CAPERS to check out our huge selection of candles!

These GreenTree columners are also made of Beeswax and fun for fall.

This soy candle is from Soap and Paper, in the best-selling scent: Roland Pine. This scent consists of Siberian Fig, Pine and Cilantro!

GreenTree Candles are made of all beeswax and have a nice, clean burn!

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This Month’s ArtWalk features artist: Cheryl Zahniser

Every 2nd Thursday of each month, West Seattle hosts an Art Walk where local businesses showcase artists from all walks of life. This month’s featured artist brings a twist of multi-media, using everything from oils to acrylic.

What does art mean to you? To West Seattle local, Cheryl Zahniser, the process of ‘creating’ has been one of her greatest sources of joy and pleasure. Her focus on portraiture and figurative work has enabled her to explore the fascinating personalities of individuals, and to express the vibrant colors and textures of nature in her work.

For the month of October, Cheryl’s paintings (including over a dozen brand new pieces) will be on display and available for purchase in store! The collection ranges from abstract to landscapes to portraits and presents storytelling using lively colors and consistencies.

To the left are two of Cheryl’s eye-catching works of art that are currently on display, called The Power of Orange x2. These two paintings can rest side-by-side or as individuals and make for a great dining room focal point.


Another piece, titled “Hello Seattle”, is a large painting, depicting the view of Seattle from West Seattle’s Alki Beach. The breathtaking skyline from the corner-view has been captured beautifully in this painting. Seattlites can show support for their home town, while newcomers and visitors can respect the reflective beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

“The Blues” is an abstract painting using acrylics on canvas. This art work is wild and fun, yet up for interpretations. Cheryl states that she loves the sheer physical involvement it takes to move paint on a large canvas. Because of her enjoyment in the activity, many of her paintings are on very large canvas. Her wide array of talents are best seen in person, where the texture pops out and is defined.


Cheryl’s self portrait, featured on the right, depicts how she Cheryl sees herself. She has studied with many well-known artists and continues to pursue her love for art while exploring different mediums. With many of Cheryl’s incredible works of art in store, CAPERS is excited to invite all art lovers, furniture enthusiasts and gift seekers alike to come and enjoy the sights and scents.

To view more paintings, visit https://cherylzahniser.com/.


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