The Season's Best (Guy-Appropriate) Candles

These complex, robust, and, yes, masculine creations belong in every man's home.

Friday, April 01, 2011

Frederick Bouchardy, owner of the Brooklyn-based fragrance company Joya, explains how to buy and burn a candle.

Check the Ingredients
"Soy wax has a particular smell. Paraffin wax is too strong. I prefer a combination of soy, vegetable oil, and beeswax."

Keep It Trimmed
"You should cut your wick to about a quarter-inch before lighting—otherwise the flame will get too big and burn unevenly."

Know When Your Candle Is Done
"When the wax gets down to about a half-inch, stop lighting the wick. It seems wasteful, but you don't want to burn to the bottom of the glass."

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