Want to get more out of your scented candle?
If you want your candle to last longer without the tunneling or soot while improving fragrance throw, read on, we have a few tips for you.
1. Trim the wick
It is such a simple trick yet so many tend to overlook this piece. Trimming the wick of your candle to 1/4" before the first lighting and each time the candle is relit can increase its duration by 25%. This can make a big difference. Your 50-hour candle will last over 60 hours. That's a full month of daily scent for way less than your regular cup of Joe.
Tools to trim: we love this engraved copper wick trimmer.
2. Keep it clean
Make sure the wick and wax pool are clean at all times. This will prevent candle smoke from forming while improving fragrance throw, the scent that is diffused in the air as the candle burns.
Never drop your used matches into the candle; this debris can become a second wick, creating two flames and excessive heat.
3. How long is too long?
For best results, burn candles for 2 to 4 hours. Resist the urge to light for less, extinguishing the flame before the pool has fully melted will create a tunnel.
If you wish to experience your scent for longer than 4 hours, consider extinguishing the candle, letting the wax cool off and then relighting. You will notice that even when the candle is off the scent still lingers in the air.
Try our chic copper snuffer to extinguish the flame.
4. Why is my candle leaving wax on the sides of the glass as it burns?
"Tunneling", or wax not being burned to the edge, may occur if the candle is lit and extinguished before the pool of melted wax has formed. Burn your candle for a minimum of 3-4 hours the first time, and 2 hours in successive lightings to ensure that a sufficient wax pool is created.
5. Get centered
Gently center the wick once the wax has cooled off a bit. This will prevent blackening of the glass.
Do not despair, if the glass is dirty, just wipe it off gently with a dry cloth. Make sure the candle is extinguished first. Next time, make sure you let the candle burn until the wax pool is fully melted.
Safety is important too.
Always burn candles on a heat resistant surface, away from wind draughts and things that can catch fire. Keep away from children. Read our candle safety instructions here.
Now lighting a scented candle will be a more pleasurable experience.