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Hello Canada and Chatelaine features Cavill & Wicks. - Cavill & Wicks

Hello Canada and Chatelaine features Cavill & Wicks.

Cavill and Wicks journey from a small artisan shop to being featured in Hello Canada and Chatelaine is a narrative of passion, dedication, and the pursuit of excellence. These features are not just accolades but affirmations of the company’s deep-rooted values and their resonating impact on Canadian homes and hearts.
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Canadian Living and Cavill & Wicks - Cavill & Wicks

Canadian Living and Cavill & Wicks

What sets Cavill and Wicks apart is not just their commitment to quality but also their passion for storytelling through scent. Each candle is carefully curated to evoke a sense of nostalgia, transporting you to a different time or place. It's this attention to detail that has garnered them a loyal following and caught the attention of publications like Canadian Living.
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Celebrating Winter Features: Cavill & Wicks Products in Leading Publications! - Cavill & Wicks

Celebrating Winter Features: Cavill & Wicks Products in Leading Publications!

Winter has truly been a season of celebration for us here at Cavill & Wicks, as we are thrilled to announce that our products have been featured in several esteemed publications across Canada! It's with immense gratitude and excitement that we share this wonderful news with our loyal customers and supporters.

Throughout the winter months, our brand has been spotlighted in some of the most influential magazines and newspapers in the country, including Canadian Living, Hello Canada, Vita Magazine, Chatelaine, National Post, and Curiosity Vancouver. This recognition is not only a testament to the quality and uniqueness of our products but also a nod to the dedication of our team in crafting exceptional goods that resonate with consumers.

Being featured in these prestigious publications allows us to reach a broader audience and showcase the passion and commitment we pour into every aspect of our brand. From our carefully curated ingredients to our eco-conscious packaging, every detail is a reflection of our values and commitment to excellence.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the editorial teams at Canadian Living, Hello Canada, Vita Magazine, Chatelaine, National Post, and Curiosity Vancouver for recognizing the value of our products and sharing them with their readers. Their support means the world to us and inspires us to continue pushing the boundaries of innovation and sustainability in everything we do.

To our loyal customers, thank you for your unwavering support and belief in our brand. Your enthusiasm fuels our drive to create products that bring joy and satisfaction to your everyday lives. We invite you to join us in celebrating this exciting milestone and look forward to sharing many more triumphs together in the future.

We are also so thankful for the invaluable contribution of our exceptional Digital Marketing & PR partner, KIN. Their unwavering dedication and strategic expertise have been instrumental in propelling Cavill & Wicks into the spotlight of these esteemed publications. With their keen insights and tireless efforts, KIN has masterfully navigated the media landscape, securing impactful placements and amplifyed our brand's visibility. We are immensely grateful for their collaboration and steadfast support, which has played a pivotal role in achieving our goals and fostering meaningful connections with our audience.

As we embrace the remainder of the winter season, let's raise a toast to new beginnings, continued success, and the power of collaboration. Here's to Cavill & Wicks, all of you and the incredible journey ahead!

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In the fast-paced world we live in, self-care has become more important than ever. Finding moments of relaxation and rejuvenation is essential for our overall well-being. One of our new favourite ways to pamper ourselves is by incorporating our new Bath Brew bath teas into our self-care routine - and we are so excited to share this new product with you all. Imagine soaking in a tub infused with the goodness of whole goat's milk powder, colloidal oatmeal, salts, essential oils and botanicals—all neatly packed into a giant tea bag, ensuring a luxurious experience without the mess.

The Magic Ingredients:

  1. Whole Goat's Milk Powder: Goat's milk has been celebrated for its nourishing properties for centuries. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, it moisturizes the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. Whole goat's milk powder, when added to your bath, provides a creamy and luxurious texture, imparting a silky feel to your skin.

  2. Colloidal Oatmeal: Colloidal oatmeal is a finely ground form of oats that has been used for its therapeutic benefits for ages. It is known for its ability to soothe irritated and sensitive skin. In bath teas, colloidal oatmeal creates a gentle, protective barrier, relieving dryness and promoting a calming effect on the skin.

  3. Botanicals: Infusing your bath with specialized botanicals based on your specific needs, takes the experience to a whole new level. Depending on the Bath Brew you need, we incorporate a combination of specific botanicals and essential oils.


Revitalize your senses with our invigorating & detoxifying blend of Seaweed, cedar needles, and eucalyptus. Nutrient-rich seaweed helps with stiffness, aches & circulation while Cedar needles infuse a grounding essence, providing cleansing properties and detoxifying enzymes. The refreshing aroma of eucalyptus invigorates the senses, offering respiratory relief and a revitalizing experience.

Immerse yourself in tranquility with our blend of lavender buds, chamomile flowers, and rose petals. Lavender calms, chamomile soothes, and rose petals add a touch of moisturizing luxury. Our essential oil blend of lavender, chamomile, and coconut, offers a harmoniously relaxing and nourishing escape for your mind, body and skin.

Indulge in the rejuvenating benefits of our unique soak, crafted with comfrey, calendula, orange peel, and lemongrass. Comfrey, celebrated for its skin-healing properties, combines with calendula to soothe, heal and nourish, promoting a natural radiance. The bright citrus notes of orange peel uplift the spirit, while lemongrass invigorates the senses, creating a revitalizing and aromatic experience. This thoughtfully curated blend of botanicals & essential oils not only provides a luxurious escape but also contributes to skin health and overall well-being.

The Giant Tea Bag Advantage: The convenience of using a giant tea bag for your bath tea cannot be overstated. This innovative approach eliminates the need for strainers or loose herbs, making the entire experience mess-free. Simply drop the giant tea bag into your bath, allowing the ingredients to steep and release their goodness into the water. This method ensures a hassle-free cleanup, allowing you to focus solely on relaxation.

Benefits of Bath Tea:

  1. Skin Hydration and Nourishment: The combination of whole goat's milk powder and colloidal oatmeal works wonders for hydrating and nourishing your skin. Say goodbye to dry, flaky skin as you immerse yourself in this creamy concoction.

  2. Soothing and Calming Effect: The botanicals infused in the bath tea contribute to a sensory experience that goes beyond physical benefits. Inhale the calming scents and let your mind unwind, creating a serene atmosphere for relaxation.

  3. Reduction of Skin Irritations: Colloidal oatmeal's anti-inflammatory properties can help alleviate skin irritations, making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema.

Incorporating bath tea with our specialized ingredients into your self-care routine is a luxurious and pampering experience. The giant tea bag innovation not only enhances the convenience but also ensures a mess-free indulgence. Treat yourself to a spa-like escape in the comfort of your own bathroom and embrace the countless benefits that bath tea can offer for your skin and well-being.

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Introducing Savoy and Affogato: The Luxurious and Unisex Candles You Need This Fall - Cavill & Wicks

Introducing Savoy and Affogato: The Luxurious and Unisex Candles You Need This Fall

As the leaves begin to change and the air becomes crisp, there's no better way to embrace the cozy vibes of fall than by filling your space with the warm, inviting scents of our two newest additions: Savoy and Affogato. These candles are designed to elevate your autumn experience, providing a perfect blend of luxury and unisex appeal that will make them the crowning jewels of your fall candle collection.

Savoy: A Symphony of Fur and Bergamot

The first star of our fall candle collection, Savoy, is an olfactory masterpiece that encapsulates the essence of autumn. With its distinct combination of fur and bergamot notes, this candle offers a unique and luxurious experience that's perfect for any setting, whether it's a chic living room, a cozy bedroom, or an intimate dinner.

Fur Notes: Warmth and Comfort
Fur, often associated with cozy comfort and softness, is a dominant note in Savoy. This scent is reminiscent of a plush fur blanket, wrapping you in a sense of warmth and security. The fur notes evoke images of evenings spent by the fireplace, curled up with a good book or sharing stories with loved ones. The sensation of being enveloped in a luxurious fur coat is translated into a fragrance that soothes and relaxes.

Bergamot Notes: Zesty Elegance

The addition of bergamot provides an exquisite counterbalance to the fur notes in Savoy. Bergamot is renowned for its zesty, invigorating scent, and it brings a touch of freshness and sophistication to this candle. The bergamot notes in Savoy add an air of refinement, making it suitable for both everyday relaxation and special occasions.

Unisex Appeal: Perfect for Everyone

One of the standout features of Savoy is its unisex appeal. The combination of fur and bergamot notes strikes a perfect balance, making this candle a delightful addition to any setting. Its versatility ensures that it is well-suited for all genders and a wide range of preferences.

Affogato: The Ultimate Fall Treat in a Candle

For those who crave the rich, comforting flavors of fall, our Affogato candle offers an indulgent experience that's reminiscent of the popular Italian dessert it's named after. As the perfect companion to Savoy, Affogato adds a delicious and aromatic layer to your autumn collection.

Espresso and Vanilla: A Decadent Fusion

The primary notes in Affogato are espresso and vanilla. The bold, aromatic coffee scent blends harmoniously with the sweet and creamy vanilla, resulting in a fragrance that captures the essence of a freshly made Affogato. This combination is designed to transport you to a quaint Italian cafe on a crisp fall morning.

Perfect Addition to Your Fall Collection

When paired with Savoy, Affogato completes your fall candle collection. While Savoy provides the warmth and elegance, Affogato adds a touch of decadence. Light them together to create an atmosphere that's both inviting and comforting, making your space the ultimate fall sanctuary.

This fall, embrace the beauty of the season with our luxurious and unisex candles, Savoy and Affogato. Savoy's unique blend of fur and bergamot creates an inviting, versatile atmosphere, while Affogato brings the rich, indulgent scents of espresso and vanilla into your home. Together, they are the perfect additions to your fall candle collection, ensuring that your space is cozy, warm, and filled with the scents of the season. Treat yourself to the ultimate fall experience with these exquisite candles from our collection.
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Unveiling the Elegance: Oil-Based Perfumes Infused with Jojoba Oil - Cavill & Wicks

Unveiling the Elegance: Oil-Based Perfumes Infused with Jojoba Oil

When it comes to expressing your unique style and leaving a lasting impression, few things are as enchanting as a luxurious, long lasting perfume. Perfume has been an essential part of human culture for centuries, a fragrant gateway to the soul. And in the world of fragrances, nothing says luxury quite like an oil-based perfume.

At Cavill & Wicks, we understand the power of scent in leaving an indelible mark. That's why we've taken the art of perfumery to the next level with our exquisite oil-based perfumes, enriched with the magic ingredient that is jojoba oil. But why is this luxurious fusion so special, and how does it stand out from traditional fragrances like cologne and eau de toilette?

The Magic of Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil, extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, is a natural wonder with a variety of uses. In the realm of perfumery, it plays a crucial role in enhancing the longevity and depth of the fragrance. Unlike alcohol-based perfumes, which can evaporate quickly, oil-based perfumes like ours offer a more gradual and long-lasting scent experience.

Jojoba oil acts as an excellent carrier for the fragrance compounds in the perfume. It has a remarkable ability to bind with and slowly release the scent over time, ensuring that your chosen fragrance stays with you from dawn till dusk. This means you can say goodbye to frequent reapplications and hello to a day filled with alluring scents that are as powerful at night as they were in the morning.

But there's more to our oil-based perfumes than just longevity. Jojoba oil also interacts with your body's natural chemistry, creating a truly personalized scent experience. This means that the same fragrance can smell slightly different on each person, adapting to their unique pheromones and enhancing their overall allure.

Perfume vs. Cologne vs. Eau de Toilette
To truly appreciate the magnificence of our oil-based perfumes, it's essential to understand the key differences between these exquisite scents and their counterparts – cologne and eau de toilette.

- Perfume, also known as extrait de parfum, is the most concentrated and potent of all fragrances.
- It typically contains 15-30% fragrance oils and can last up to 24 hours. Our perfumes ALWAYS contain the maximum potency at 30% fragrance oil. 
- Because of its high concentration, perfume is often pricier than other fragrance types.

- Cologne, or eau de cologne, has a lower concentration of fragrance oils, usually around 2-5%.
- It is lighter and fresher than perfume, making it perfect for casual wear or warm weather.
- The scent typically lasts for 2-4 hours.

Eau de Toilette
- Eau de toilette falls between perfume and cologne in terms of concentration, containing 5-15% fragrance oils.
- It's a popular choice for everyday wear and lasts for 4-6 hours.
- Eau de toilette is generally more affordable than pure perfumes.

Our luxurious oil-based perfumes, enriched with jojoba oil, offer the best of both worlds. With a fragrance concentration of 30%, they provide the enduring power of perfume and the personalized scent experience that adapts to your unique chemistry.

In conclusion, our oil-based perfumes are more than just a fragrance; they're an olfactory masterpiece, crafted to last longer, mix with your own pheromones, and make a statement of enduring elegance. If you're ready to elevate your scent game to the next level, embrace the world of oil-based perfumes and discover the enchantment of jojoba oil-infused fragrances.

Experience the difference for yourself and unlock the door to a fragrant journey that lasts a lifetime.

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Unlocking the Power of Mineral-Rich Bath Soaks: The Triad of Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts, and Himalayan Salts - Cavill & Wicks

Unlocking the Power of Mineral-Rich Bath Soaks: The Triad of Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salts, and Himalayan Salts

When it comes to relaxation and self-care, few things rival the blissful escape of a warm, aromatic bath. And while the soothing ambiance of a candlelit bathroom and soft music can set the mood, the secret to a truly indulgent bath experience lies in the salts you choose to add. Enter the powerful trio of Cavill & Wicks Sea Soaks: Dead Sea salts, Epsom salts, and Himalayan salts. Each of these salts offers a unique set of benefits, and when combined, they create the ultimate bath soak that can elevate your bathing ritual to new heights.

The Marvels of Dead Sea Salts: Dead Sea salts, harvested from the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, are renowned for their exceptional mineral content. In fact, they contain 21 minerals - 12 of which aren't found in any other body of water in the world!  Packed with magnesium, calcium, potassium, surfer, manganese and more, these salts are a boon for your skin. They can help rejuvenate, detoxify, and provide relief for various skin conditions, making them a perfect addition to your bath routine. 

Epsom Salts: Your Muscles' Best Friend: Epsom salts, derived from magnesium sulfate, are the go-to choice for muscle relaxation and pain relief. Whether you're an athlete recovering from an intense workout or simply seeking relief from everyday aches and pains, Epsom salts can help ease muscle tension, reduce inflammation, and promote relaxation.

Himalayan Salts: Nature's Crystal of Wellness: Himalayan salts, extracted from ancient salt deposits in the Himalayan mountains, are revered for their pink hue and rich mineral profile. These salts are not just beautiful; they are also believed to promote balance and detoxification. When dissolved in your bath, they can help improve skin health, enhance relaxation, and create a serene atmosphere.

The Ultimate Bath Soak: Combining Forces: Now, imagine harnessing the individual benefits of these salts and bringing them together in one bath soak. The result? An unparalleled bathing experience that nurtures your body and soothes your soul. The mineral cocktail from Dead Sea salts, the muscle-relaxing prowess of Epsom salts, and the calming influence of Himalayan salts come together to create the ultimate trifecta of relaxation and rejuvenation.

So why choose one when you can have it all? By combining our recipe of salts, you can enjoy a bath soak that not only provides a tranquil escape but also nourishes your skin, soothes sore muscles, and promotes overall well-being. It's the perfect recipe for self-care and the secret to making your bath time the best possible escape from the demands of daily life. So, fill up the tub, add our mineral-rich Sea Soaks, and let the magic of the triad transform your bath into a rejuvenating sanctuary.

Cavill & Wicks Sea Soaks: Available in 6 delicious scents

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Clean Candles Are The Best Candles - Cavill & Wicks

Clean Candles Are The Best Candles

CLEAN BURNING COCONUT WAX: We create our own proprietary blend of vegan Coconut wax to give you the cleanest, soot free burn possible. 

FREE OF HARMFUL CHEMICALS: Our candles are free of sulfates, phthalates, pesticides & parabens. 

100% NATURAL WICKS: Our wicks are lead free, natural cotton braided or wooden wicks. 

INCREDIBLE SCENT THROW: Due to our proprietary coconut wax blend and the particular percentages of fragrance & essential oils that we use - our candles provide you with the best possible cold & hot scent throw. This means that not only will your candle smell amazing before it's lit - but it will throw the scent and make your house smell amazing when you burn it. 

HAND POURED IN VANCOUVER CANADA: All of our candles are poured by hand in Vancouver, CA. 

COMPLIMENTARY SHIPPING: Order $100 or more and receive free shipping in the US & Canada. We also subsidize part of your paid shipping rates, so when you do pay for shipping, know that we are helping where we can and covering part of that for you.


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Embracing the Enchantment of Cozy Candle Season: A Warm Welcome to our Fall Collection - Cavill & Wicks

Embracing the Enchantment of Cozy Candle Season: A Warm Welcome to our Fall Collection

As the days grow shorter and the air carries a hint of crispness, we can feel the enchanting arrival of fall in every corner. And what better way to embrace the changing season than by introducing our captivating Fall Candle Collection? With each flicker and fragrance, our candles evoke the very essence of autumn's cozy embrace. So, let's take a moment to step into the world of magic, warmth, and the art of cozying up with our newest fall candles. Introducing Mystic Veil, Whispers in the Library, Velvet Rose & Obsidian and Amber & Burnt Oak and we welcome back our best selling autumn candle, Salem.

Mystic Veil: Unveiling the Enigma of Fall

Imagine wandering through a mist-kissed woodland, where secrets and mysteries lie beneath every rustling leaf. Wild mushrooms grow at the base of moss covered trees and the scent of the clean, moist, autumn air surrounds you. Our Mystic Veil candle captures the essence of this enchanted experience. With a blend of woody and mystical notes, it transcends ordinary senses and conjures a realm of wonder. Light it up, and let the delicate whispers of the woodland forage transport you into a world of intrigue.

Get Mystic Veil for $45

Whispers in the Library: Cozying Up with a Good Book

Fall is the season of curling up in a cozy corner with a captivating read, and our Whispers in the Library candle sets the perfect ambiance. Let the scent of well-worn pages and aged leather fill your space, invoking the nostalgic aura of antique bookshelves and quiet corners. As the flame dances, the scent of tonka bean, pepper and cedar joins the warm pages and ushers in the very essence of literature and imagination.

Get Whispers in the Library for $45

Amber & Burnt Oak: Embracing the Hearth of Fall

As the sun sets earlier, the allure of a crackling fire becomes irresistible. Our Amber & Burnt Oak candle captures the essence of a hearthside gathering, where the scent of cardamom and the warmth of amber beckon you closer. Infused with the essence of a violet, papyrus & woodland bonfire, this candle creates an ambiance of comfort and togetherness, perfect for those cozy fall evenings.

Get Amber & Burnt Oak for $45

Salem: Captivating Mystique in Every Flicker

Drawing inspiration from the bewitching tales of Salem, our candle of the same name encapsulates the allure of folklore and enchantment. With notes that conjure the mystical, Salem evokes the sense of standing at the crossroads of history and legend. Let its flickering light cast a spell of ambiance and fascination, igniting your space with an irresistible charm with an intoxicating blend of vanilla, amber, citrus peel, tobacco, rain, vetiver & cedar wood. 

Get Salem for $45

Velvet Rose Obsidian: Embodying Elegance and Intrigue

Envelop yourself in the luxurious embrace of our Velvet Rose Obsidian candle. With the velvety essence of English tea roses, the precious allure of agarwood, and the intriguing touch of clove and butterscotch, this candle weaves a tale of opulence and sophistication. Velvet Rose & Obsidian joins us on the shoulders of Red Rose Noir. A new, rich recipe based on our previous scent.

Get Velvet Rose Obsidian for $45

With our Fall Candle Collection, we welcome you to a season of enchantment, warmth, and sensory delight. Let the flickering glow and captivating fragrances of Mystic Veil, Whispers in the Library, Salem, and Amber & Burnt Oak fill your space with the very essence of fall's embrace. Embrace the magic of cozy candle season and let the journey into autumn's allure begin.


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Less Waste With New Seed Paper Dust Covers - Cavill & Wicks

Less Waste With New Seed Paper Dust Covers

We have made a change here at Cavill & Wicks to help reduce waste & help the environment. While we loved the look & function of our recyclable metal candle lids, many of them still ended up in the landfill. We decided to make a change and have opted to use plantable seed paper dust covers instead.

What is seed paper?

Seed paper is a special eco-friendly paper made from post-consumer materials embedded with wildflower, herb or vegetable seeds. When you plant the paper in a pot of soil or outside in a garden, the seeds in the paper germinate and grow into plants.

  • Biodegradable (zero-waste)
  • Approved for planting in the USA, Canada & Many Other Countries Worldwide
  • Non GMO & Non Invasive
  • Made from Recycled Content
  • Bee Friendly! 

Plantable paper is a biodegradable eco-paper made with post-consumer and post-industrial paper waste that is embedded with seeds. (No trees harmed for this paper!) When the paper is planted in a pot of soil, the seeds grow and the paper composts away. All that is left behind are flowers!

Planting Instructions:
1. Prepare Your Pot with 2/3 potting soil. 
2. Plant the Paper. Spread 1/8 layer of soil over plantable paper. You can plant more than one paper together overlapping if needs be. 
3. Water During Germination. After planting the paper in your pot, give it a good soak. The soil & paper should be nicely damp but not swimming. During the first 10 days keep the paper/soil moist. 
4. Care After Germination. Once sprout appear, continue to keep them moist but do not over water. Once sturdy plants appear, water as needed. 

We get our seed paper dust covers from Botanical Paperworks, a local Canadian Company.
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Wooden Dough Bowl Candles and why you need them! - Cavill & Wicks

Wooden Dough Bowl Candles and why you need them!

What is a wooden dough bowl

Wooden dough bowls come in a variety of different shapes and sizes because they are handmade. As the name suggests, in the past these bowls were used to make the dough used to create bread. The wood allowed the dough a warm and insulated place to rise before it was cooked. Now, as you can imagine, since the beginning of time people have used bowls carved out of wood for a variety of purposes but the wooden dough bowl gained some fame in the American Colonial times (even though a caveman with a rock could have started the trend but nevermind). These bowls took a lot of effort to make and were central to a homes kitchen. Due to this they were passed down from generation to generation as a gift and a way to impart the knowledge of bread making which allowed them to feed their families.


Why make a candle out of it?

Obviously we are lucky (or unlucky, depending on your view) to live in a time of convenience where we can run to the store and grab ourselves a stainless steel or plastic bowl for our bread making needs….or a bread maker! With this, wooden dough bowls have become a tool of the past but also have allowed for another use, decoration and design. At Cavill and Wicks we wanted to allow your candles to not only fill your home with scent by using a coconut soy wax blend to maximise scent throw (see this blog to hear more about that) but to decorate your home as well. Our wooden dough bowl candles allow you to have the best of both worlds and quite literally decorate your home with scented candles.

Candle size 

The bowls come in all shapes and sizes because they are handmade but at Cavill and Wicks we chose 2 sizes to fit your home candle needs. Our 3 wick dough bowl candles hold approximately 15oz of wax, while our 6 wick holds approximately 30oz. These two sizes allow the user to maximize their use as a decorative luxury candle for both larger and smaller rooms. A 6 wick candle in a small bathroom might overwhelm the room with scent so we recommend using one of our luxury 9oz candles for that space or positioning the 6 wick in a large open space.

Customization of Candle

Just as these dough bowls are hand carved , Cavill and Wicks felt that candles of this size and beauty should be customized and hand poured to each owner. Depending on the season, you can choose from over 10 different scents to match your mood or vibe of the candle. This takes us a little longer to make the candle but it is well worth the wait to have your very own wooden dough bowl candle, filling your home with your scent of choice.

Re-using the wooden dough bowl for home decor.

Sadly after much use, your candle will come to the end of its life as a scent giving source. However, do not be sad because you still have a beautiful piece of art that is ready for a multitude of different purposes. If you want to go old school then feel free to use it to make some dough but it can also be used as a centerpiece for a table to get that farmhouse style decor look. It can also be used to hold other Cavill and Wicks candles of your choice!

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Cavill & Wicks Luxury Sanctuary Candle with Wooden Wick

What Is Candle Scent Throw & Why Is It So Important?

    Cavill & Wicks Luxury Sanctuary Candle with Wooden Wick

What is Scent Throw? 

Scent throw in its simplest form is how well the scent/fragrance travels through the air to fill a room or space. In a more technical perspective, the candle's scent is made up of fragrance molecules that evaporate and find their way to your noise by filling the surrounding air. 

Obviously, most of the time you want your chosen scent to fill the room that it's in so that you can enjoy it. However, there are two types of scent throw that are worth understanding.

Cold vs Hot Scent Throw

The cold scent throw is how well a candle smells while it is cold & before it’s lit. 99% of the time when you purchase a candle in the store, you are smelling its “cold scent throw”. This can be deceiving as many candles smell very good when you are very close to them.. You assume that when it is lit, that smell will be enhanced and “thrown” around the room you put it in but unfortunately that is not always the case.

As you can guess, hot scent throw is how well the candle scent fills a room when it’s lit. However, not all candles are made equal. While a lot of candles smell fantastic in the store, they completely fail to throw their scent and fill a room when they are lit. 

If you are reading this then you are most likely interested in high quality luxury candles like ours at Cavill & Wicks and therefore care far more about hot scent throw than cold scent throw. There are a few main reasons why a candle has a high quality, luxurious scent throw; the quality of the fragrance or essential oils, the type of wax used, the wick used and how it is prepared.

How do i know if the scent throw is going to be good without lighting it?

Does your candle have a lid?

The reason lids are used is because the fragrance molecules are always evaporating. To stop those fragrance molecules from escaping the candle when it’s not lit, we use a lid to encase the scent until you are ready to release it. Likewise, once you are finished with your candle you place the lid back on the candle to make sure those molecules do not continue to escape. 

High Quality ingredients & Scent Notes
Scent is broken into 3 sections - Top Notes, Middle Notes, Base Notes.

These notes are the layers that when combined make up the final scent intended for the candles overall smell. These notes are released at different stages of the evaporation process. 

Top notes are the first scent notes we can smell as they evaporate at a lower temperature and thus can be smelled through the cold scent throw when the candle is unlit. This is what you smell in the store. They are usually sharp, light or fresh citrusy scents such as Grapefruit, lemon, light florals and eucalyptus.

Middle Notes are the scents that come alive once the top notes evaporate. As they have a moderate evaporation point, they come through next. They create the full body of the scent when mixed with the final base notes. The middle notes tend to be well rounded such as rose and lavender. They are the “heart” of the candle.

Base notes are the final stage that come through at a higher temperature when the candle is burning and the notes all combine together. They are deep rich scents and this is where the high quality candles stand out as all three notes combine. The base notes are typically heavier scents such as Sandalwood, amber, musk and patchouli.

As you can see, a lot of decisions go into a candle’s fragrance to make sure that all the notes compliment each other and can dance to the same tune to maximise the final scent. However, a fragrance made with a low quality wax means that it can evaporate too quickly, too slowly or not at a high enough concentration.

Why is the Wax so important?

Paraffin Wax
Paraffin is a relatively inexpensive wax and is used across a lot of candle manufacturers because it can contain a higher fragrance load, which means it can hold more oil within the wax. More oil usually means more scent released. Paraffin wax is very flammable which is great because it means it doesn't have to be re-lit often but it also means that it burns hotter and faster, which at first creates a strong hot scent throw because that higher temperature is engaging all the scent notes. However, this high heat means that the candle burns a lot faster which means it will not last as long. This benefits candle makers because not only is the wax less expensive for them but  it means you have to purchase the candle more often. If you have an expensive candle then this can be frustrating as it often means you prefer to burn it less often in order to make it last. Paraffin wax can also create a “dirty burn” which means it is sooty and releases fumes that can irritate children, pets and those with allergies and asthma. With paraffin candles you can often feel them in the back of your throat when you are near it as you breathe it in.

Soy Wax
Another very popular wax used for candle making because of its great qualities. It is an all natural product that is eco friendly and creates a clean burn. Soy burns slower than paraffin which allows your candle to last a bit longer and releases its scent more slowly and evenly. However, soy wax has a lower fragrance load to Paraffin which means it cannot hold as much scent and will not smell as strongly. Soy is also victim to constant expanding and contracting which can lead to scent loss after the candle has been cured as the notes continue to evaporate when unlit. This means when you get the final product home, a portion of the scent has already been lost.

Coconut Wax
Now it starts to get interesting as we have given you both sides of the spectrum with Paraffin and Soy but now enters the mighty Coconut wax. This wax shares the ability to hold a high fragrance load like paraffin can, allowing for more scent in the candle while also having a slow and clean burn like soy wax. This all natural, eco-friendly wax is soft and burns at a lower temperature and thus can throw its scent further and longer allowing it to last for a very long time.  Coconut wax has been tested to have a 60% higher burn time than paraffin wax and thus means more value for your money when purchasing a candle. However, only the best candle makers will incorporate this wax into their candles because it is extremely expensive and can be tricky to ship due to its low melting point.

Wax Blends
Now this is where the magic happens. A true connoisseur of candle making will create their own perfect blend of wax to create a candle that can hold a higher load of fragrance, is clean burning and long lasting all while being sustainable and eco friendly. We at Cavill & Wicks pride ourselves in having created a custom blend of wax that is truly the best of all worlds in order to bring the highest quality candle into your homes. These candles are hand made in small batches to allow for the highest and most even scent to wax ratio. No detail is spared.

The Wick
Having the best quality fragrances and the perfect wax blends won't be very useful without choosing the perfect wick. The wick delivers fuel to the flame and keeps it burning. The wrong wick can cause the candle to burn too quickly, to release scent too fast or to need to be relit often. This of course happens from time to time with all wicks - but at Cavill & Wicks we hand pick each wick and match it to each candle we make based on size, fragrance load and scent giving your candle the perfect match.

Cotton Wicks - They facilitate a smoke free, stable flame that can evenly and slowly melt the wax to provide the best scent throw.

Wooden Wicks - Woody scents are complemented by these wicks and can help create a  woody aesthetic that burns slowly and provides the crackle of a wood burning fire. They do sometimes need to be re-lit simply because they are wood and rely more on the oxygen around them to burn but the benefits outweigh the cons as they bring a comforting nature to the candle. If your wooden wick starts to go out on it’s own, simply trim away the burnt wood & clear a little space around it in the wax to allow the oxygen to reach it effectively. This will solve your problem. 

At Cavill & Wicks we have worked extremely hard to create the perfect candle that gives you beautiful esthetic, outstanding hot and cold scent throw, decadent and unique scents and an eco-friendly, long lasting burn that will compliment any space.


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