My Top Tips for Candle Care

The thing I love the most about candles is their ability to create ambiance, evoke memories, and provide a sense of tranquility. Whether you're a candle addict or a casual user, there are several tips to ensure you get the most out of your candle. Here are my top tips for getting the most out of your candle.

First and foremost, always trim the wick before lighting your candle. Trimming the wick to about 6mm prevents the candle from producing black soot and ensures a cleaner burn. Over time, long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping, or excessive flickering. A well-maintained wick also extends the life of your candle, allowing you to enjoy it longer. Invest in a good wick trimmer or you can even use a pair of nail clippers! Or, of course just regular scissors.

Next, allow your candle to burn long enough to create a full melt pool. The first burn is crucial; it sets the stage for future burns by ensuring the wax melts evenly across the surface. This prevents tunneling, where the wax burns down the center, leaving a lot of unused wax around the edges. Typically, a candle should burn for one hour per inch of its diameter. So, if you have a three-inch wide candle, let it burn for at least three hours to establish an even melt pool.

Lastly, store your candles properly to maintain their quality. Keep them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and intense artificial light. Excessive heat can cause the wax to soften or melt, leading to an uneven burn. Additionally, store your candles with the lid on or covered to prevent dust and debris from accumulating on the surface, which can affect the scent and quality of the burn.

By following these tips, you can enhance your candle-burning experience, ensuring your candles last longer and provide the best possible ambiance and aroma. Happy burning!

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