Candle Care 101
Often times you break out your new candle, light it up, enjoy and never look back. Easy, right? Well, you my friend are not properly using your candle. Candles are like plants, there is a proper way to care for them. You want your candle to look nice, smell nice and last long. So, in order to achieve that follow the instructions below!
- FIND YOUR SPOT
Find the best spot for your candle. Look for a location away from any draft or consistent breeze. Putting a candle near a draft will cause the flame to burn improperly.
- THE FIRST BURN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BURN
During the first burn you want the wax to melt all the way to the edge. Doing this on the first burn prevents the candle from tunneling. Ever have a candle where you feel like ½ of the wax is stuck to the side and think what a waste? Make your first burn count.
*Tunneling – when the wax sticks to the side of the glass and only burns in the center.
- HAPPY WICK, HAPPY CANDLE
Trimming the wick is your best friend and is the most beneficial. It avoids soot buildup, uneven burn and makes your candle last longer. You will often see people using wick trimmers, but you can use whatever you have, scissors or nail clippers work just fine. I recommend trimming the wick before each burn.
- DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR CANDLE
Most candles are recommended to burn between 3-6 hours (check the label). I know there are many times when you light a candle throw a movie on or have guests over and let it ride. Over burning can create a carbon build up around the wick which will create a large flame and soot build up.
No matter what stage you are at in enjoying your candle, we suggest you start to implement these simple steps!