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Tips to help you burn the Perfect Candle
If you are here, perhaps you are someone that love candles as much as I do and want to get the most of out them - You need to hear this!
Here are some candle tips to help you get the most out of your candles:
TRIM THE WICK
I cannot say this enough! Always, I repeat, always trim your wick to 1/8 - 1/4 inch (to be exact) before lighting any candle. That really just translates to cut off the upper most part of the wick.
If you need a reason here it is:
If the wick gets too tall, the flame will also grow too tall and leave black burn marks on the glass, even with soy candles that do not produce black soot; and, if the flame physically touches a glass container it can cause the glass to crack.
This is where a wick trimmer comes in handy: especially with tall, narrow and deep candles and candle containers. If you don’t have a wick trimmer, you can use scissors but it can become challenging after the candle has burned down. (But if you’ve ever tried… you know how awkward that is) If you never invest in any other candle accessory, invest in a wick trimmer. Don’t say I didn’t tell you!
This one should be obvious but in case I have to say it…
Do not put burning candles near heating and air-conditioning vents or open windows. If you notice the flame of the candle flickering in any direction other than straight up, there is a draft.
A calm, centered flame distributes heat equally which leads to a clean and even burn; it eliminates excessive smoking, tunneling and wasted wax around the inside edge of the candle; it enhances the fragrance throw and it extends the lifespan of your candle because it burns slower.
COLD CANDLES BURN SLOWER
This is not a big thing but it’s good to know! Naturally, if you keep a candle in a warm place it will lose its fragrance slowly.
BURN LONG ENOUGH…
Before blowing out your candle, make sure the candle wax is melted entirely across the top. If not, it can cause tunneling and wasted wax around the inside edge of the candle. You don't want to waste right!?
…BUT DON’T BURN TOO LONG
Do not burn more than 4 hours at a time. After 4 hours, the candle gets too hot and begins to evaporate fragrance oil and burn off quicker. We recommend burning in 2 to 3 hour increments.
Let’s be honest, sometimes 4 hours just isn’t long enough. I get it. That's why I recommend keeping multiple candles on-hand so you can rotate them when you want to continue burning candles longer than 4 hours. That way you can either rotate fragrances or always have an extra of your #1 favorite candle around.
PUT THE CANDLE OUT!
When you’re ready to extinguish a candle flame, you’ve got a few options: blow it out (duh!), or use a candle snuffer. (Coming Soon, but I've linked one here for easy ordering)
A candle snuffer can easily extinguish the flame without the wick smoking. With a candle snuffer, you place the bell of the snuffer over the flame to exhaust its supply of carbon and hydrogen thus extinguishing it.
Those are all the tips for now but stay tuned as I will have some more to make sure you get the absolute most of your candle experience.