Who knew that there were actual tips to prolonging the life of your candles!? When I started making candles several years ago, it was important for me to ensure that my customers satisfaction for their purchase extended beyond the look and the scent. I wanted their candles to last as long as possible. So began my journey to understand the best practices for helping with that desire.
This post highlights the most important things you can do to prolong your candle life, ensure safety while enjoying and experience complete satisfaction with your purchase. Enjoy the read!
Candle Burning Tips:
Always trim the wick and check for debris.
Before you light a candle, always trim the wick to ¼ inch and remove any debris left in the wax pool such as wick trimmings or matches. Any debris will add more fuel to the candle than its designed to handle.
Too much fuel can cause the flame to unexpectedly flare up or even start a small fire near the candle flame. Wicks that are left long or crooked can cause uneven burning, dripping, flaring and sooting.
Trimming wicks will help prolong the life of your candle. Your candles will burn up to 25% longer if you trim the wick every couple of hours. (See our Wax Trimmers if you don't currently own one.)
Get it right the first time.
Just like the first cut is the deepest, that first burn is the most important. Candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size. For example, a candle that is 2 inches across should burn for 2 hours.
If a candle is not burned for long enough to allow the wax to liquefy or to melt from edge to edge of the container, it will create a “memory ring.”
Once a candle has a “memory ring,” it will continue to tunnel for the life of the candle.
Don’t keep candles burning for longer than four hours
Burning a candle for too long will cause carbon to collect on the wick, leading it to “mushroom.” The wick will then become unstable and produce a dangerously large flame. Plus, your candle will start to smoke and release soot. Avoid this by always following the manufacturer’s instructions. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.
Keep the flame away from moving air, kids and pets.
When burning a candle, avoid proximity to fans, air conditioners, open windows, or crowded areas with people walking back and forth.
Moving air can disturb the flame, resulting in those pesky black marks on the glass.
Make sure candles are always at height that is out of reach of children and pets.
Store your candles properly.
Store candles in a cool, dark and dry place with the lid on to keep them clean of dust and debris, and to help protect the wax and fragrance. Highly fragrant candles have a life span of 6 to 12 months, depending on the scent.
If you enjoy fragranced candles, then use and replace them often to avoid deterioration in appearance and performance.