Our Top Care Tips

So you've received your products; but did you know that there are things you can do to make sure your candles, wax melts and diffusers perform the best they can? We want you to get the most out of your Olivia Michael home fragrances so here are some handy guides on how to keep them performing well.
  • Candles

    Always trim your wick to 5mm before any burn. Long wicks can create high flames and sooting.

    Be sure to burn the candle for 4 hours the first time you light it; this helps to prevent any tunnelling. Do not worry if there is a little hang up on the glass for the first few burns though, this is to prevent the glass getting too hot and it will even out.

    Allow 30 minutes for the fragrance to fill the room. Essential Oil Candles will take slightly longer due to their natural compounds.

    Sometimes, the wick can form a mushroom, which if not removed prior to each burn, can cause a wild flame & sooting. 

    Always place your candle on a heatproof surface when it is lit.

    Ensure that any debris that gets into the wax is removed before lighting.

    Do not burn for any longer than 4 hours at a time.

    Keep candles out of direct sunlight, away from any draughts and any excessive heat.

    Do not touch or move a lit candle, the glass may be very hot.

    Do not burn your candle all the way to the end. Leave 5mm of wax remaining at the bottom.

  • Wax Melts

    One melt is usually enough to fill a room, but if you prefer a stronger scent, then you may wish to use two at a time.

    These can be used with both tea lights and electric wax melt warmers; however, I do NOT recommend using a Scentsy or Yankee Candle burner.

    Your wax melt warmer should be large enough that it has a 10cm distance between the tip of the flame and the base of your melt.

    Do not burn your wax melts for more than 4 hours at a time.

    Each melt should give up to 12 hours of fragrance at a time.

    Wax melts won't burn down, the scent will just evaporate. When your melt is no longer emitting any fragrance you will need to remove it from your burner. The easiest way to do this is to heat your burner up for 30 seconds/1 minute just to loosen the sides of the melt, then you can easily pop it out and dispose of it, and wipe the dish clean with a tissue. Do not use anything sharp to try to remove it!

    Our wax melt pouches are made from pure pine wood cellulose and are 100% biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.

  • Diffusers

    I have included seven fibre reeds which I find to be the perfect amount for optimum scent strength. However, you may wish to reduce the number you use if you prefer a more subtle throw.

    Turn the reeds carefully once after the first 24 hours and then weekly to optimise the fragrance throw. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching them, or use gloves.

    Do not place the diffuser directly onto polished, painted, plastic, or leather surfaces or on electrical equipment, as accidental spillage may cause damage to certain materials.

    WARNING. Flammable liquid. Do not light reeds. Do not ingest. Keep out of reach of children and pets. People suffering with perfume sensitivity should be cautious when using this product.

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Safety Tips When Burning a Candle

  • Always place your candle on a heatproof surface.

  • Do not touch or move a lit candle. The glass may be very hot.

  • Keep candles out of direct sunlight, away from excessive heat and draughts.

  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.

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Natural Components

We use a pure blend of rapeseed and coconut wax for our candles and melts – no additives, no soy, no palm - and therefore some aesthetic imperfections may occur when resetting. You may see some dimpling or fine cracks in the wax; this is just one of the charms of natural plant wax.

Our reed diffusers are made from a natural base using non-GMO plant oils.

You can rest assured that not a single product in our range has been tested on animals.