Candle Care 101
It’s no secret. Candles are the ultimate mood changer. If you want to make the most of your candles, you have to take care of them.
Here are some tips to help your candles burn brighter just a little bit longer:
Let Your Candle Burn Evenly
The first time you burn your candle, make sure that the entire top layer of wax has melted completely.
You want there to be about ¼ of melted wax around the entire jar. This will mean that your candle burned evenly.
Not allowing this to happen will cause tunneling. When your candle tunnels, it burns only in the middle and does not have an even layer of melted wax. This makes it difficult for the wax to burn evenly in the future. And if it can’t burn evenly, your candle will burn faster.
Trim Your Wick
Before you use your candle, trim the wick. When you have a long, uncut wick, it creates an unstable flame that gives off smoke. This will not allow your candle to burn evenly.
Here’s how you trim your wick: use a wick trimmer or pair of scissors to chop the wick off. You candle wick should always be ⅛ to ¼ tall before each time you burn your candle.
Make sure that you throw away wick trimmings. You don’t want any ash or residue left on your candles.
Candles should not burn for more four hours at a time. This keep your wax and oils from causing a fire. Plus, you don’t want your wax pooling at the top of the candle.