Candles are such delicate beauties and they deserve your love and attention! Haha! But in all seriousness! I want to share a few things that will help you and me get the most out of our candle burning experiences.
Trim those wicks y'all!
- Trimming the wick of your candles can serve your experience in a couple different ways! Firstly, it will ensure that your candle burns evenly and longer. Not power through the burn robbing you of possible hours of your precious ambiance! Secondly, an untrimmed wick will burn hotter and shed smoke and soot. Yuck!
Commit to the burn!
- Melt pools are soo soo important! Candles have memory! When lighting your candle, commit to the burn until the wax melts all the way to the edge of the vessel, especially for the very first burn, but I would argue it’s important for every burn. Doing this will ensure an even burn everytime avoid the “tunnel of death” or what I would call the path to a drowning wick. Secondly, allow your wax to completely harden again before relighting.
Placement is key!
- Of course we want to choose a safe place to burn our candles to avoid fire hazards and such..duh! But also we should be aware of where we place them for other reasons too. Near a drafty window or heating and cooling vent are big no-nos if we are looking to extend the life of our burn. These areas post a few disadvantages but mainly it can affect the longevity of your burn as well as how your scent is thrown into a space.
- Of course you’re in charge of WHEN you put your candle “down for bedtime”, but did you know there is a right and wrong bedtime routine for candles? Yup! Candle snobs (like me!..haha) will side eye anyone forcefully exhaling in the direction of a candle. So rude! Do yourself, your candle and me a favor and invest in either a snuffer or wick dipping tool. Not only will your melt pool thank you, this kind of extra care can and will quite possibly extend the life of your candles.
PS - Two more gifts of knowledge extra quick! Keep your melt pool free of debris and don’t burn longer than 4 hours! ;)
Until next time!