Best ways to burn your candles

10th April 2019
Burning candles

You might think that burning a candle is straightforward, you just light it and go, right? Wrong! Well, you can just light it and go, but the chances are that you’ll end up with burn marks around your jar, a build up of wax around the outside or the candle gives off black smoke when you’ve lit it.

We like to think of ourselves as experts when it comes to candles, so we’ve listed some of our top tips that will help you get the most out of your candle and help ensure that the vessel is ready for recycling when all the scented goodness has gone!

Lets get started…

  1. Trim your wick! The wick in your candle should no longer than 4mm. This is so that the wick itself does not get burnt and produce soot which will ruin the aesthetic of the candle and possibly the jar as well. If the wick starts to look like a mushroom, it’s time for a trim! Be sure not to cut the wick too short or you will struggle to light it again the next time you want to use the candle. Make sure the wick has cooled before you try and trim it!
  2. Don’t burn your candle for more than 4-6 hours at a time (depending on the size) and it should be fully cool before you light it again. Leaving a candle alight for too long runs the risk of moving the alignment of the wick and will mean the wax is melted unevenly.
  3. Equally don’t burn your candle for not enough time. You should let the top layer of wax become an even pool before you consider extinguishing the flame. This ensures that you get an even use of the wax and you won’t see a build up of wax around the edge of the jar!
  4. When you first light your candle, we recommend that you burn the candle for 1 hour per 1 inch of diameter of the candle. Once you have formed a ring of wax around the edge of the vessel, that will stay put for the entirety of the lifecycle of the candle and this occurs when you don’t burn the candle for long enough on the first use.
  5. When you have less than half an inch of wax left in the bottom of the vessel, it’s time to reuse that amazing jar! If you continue burning the candle after this stage you are running the risk of damaging the candle jar meaning you can’t reuse it for something amazing in your home!

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