If you're looking to make your candles last longer and burn more effectively, then you've come to the right place. Here are a few simple tips for taking care of your candle and making sure it provides beautiful scents and a great light show every time.
Let It Melt Evenly
The first time you light your candle, let it burn for at least two hours in order to ensure that all sides melt evenly. This helps prevent tunneling (when wax is pushed to one side) and encourages a clean burn across its entirety. Try to make sure that no drafts are blowing near your candle when it is lit in order for the optimal result. Wax has a 'memory' so if you don't follow this step on the first burn you may find that the candle tunnels.
Trim Your Wick Before Lighting
It's so important to keep your candle wick trimmed. All of our candle wicks are already trimmed down to the correct length for the first burn. But on any burns after that, be sure to trim your wick down to around 0.5cm. This will help prevent soot buildup (that mushroom shape) and keep the flame from getting too large or unmanageable. Whilst you can opt to use a special wick trimmer, a good pair of scissors works perfectly for this task!
Keep It Clean
If you notice a buildup of residue on the outside of your jar or glass when using scented candles, simply wipe down with a damp cloth after each burn session. This will keep any residue from building up too much over time and damaging the appearance of your container.
Don't Burn For Too Long
Burning your candle for more than four hours at a time can be hazardous, as it can cause the flame to reach temperatures that can lead to sooting or intense burn pooling. To maximise the life and performance of your candle, it's best to keep your burn sessions to 4 hours tops. Be sure to let your candle cool completely before lighting it again.
Caring for your candles might seem like an overwhelming task at first but with just a few simple steps such as achieving a full melt pool on the first burn, wick trimming before every use, and regular cleaning after each burn session – you can ensure that your candles stay in the best possible condition for you to enjoy them.