We’re candle fanatics, so it should come as no surprise that we take candle-care very seriously! Today, we’re giving you some tips and tricks to help you extend the life of your favorite candles.
The first burn is always the most important! When you burn your candle for the first time, you must make sure that you burn the candle long enough so that the wax melts across the entire surface of the candle. If you fail to do this, you’ll end up with tunneling, (which not only looks ugly, but greatly reduces your candle’s lifespan). Candle wax has memory, so make sure you let the wax completely pool every time you burn your candle.
Oh no, my candle is tunneling! If your candle happens to tunnel, the best thing to do is to wrap your lit candle in foil, almost covering the entire top, but leaving a small hole to let oxygen in & allow smoke to escape. The foil helps the candle retain its heat, which melts that stubborn perimeter wax! Let the candle burn like this for a couple of hours, and voila, you’ll have a tunnel-free candle. Check out this handy video tutorial for more info.
Trim that wick! Make sure you trim your wick to approximately ⅛” before lighting. This will reduce the amount of soot that is produced as the candle burns. It’s also recommended that you burn your candle for no longer than 4 hours at a time. If you need to burn for a longer period of time, extinguish the flame after 4 hours, trim your wick back down to ⅛”, and then relight your candle.
Properly pack that scent-packing candle! Wax and oils can be sensitive to temperature and light, so when you’re not using your candle, it’s best to store it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. We like to keep ours in their original packages, which protects the candles from fading, discoloration, and dust collection.
Say it ain’t so! Yes, you will eventually have to throw your candle away. We use the ½” rule - once the wax burns down to about ½”, it’s time to get a new candle. With such little wax left in your vessel, the bottom of your vessel can get hot as the flame nears the base, and you run the risk of burning whatever surface your candle is on.
But… this candle vessel rocks! If you like your candle vessel and want to use it as a vase or objet d’art, the easiest way to remove the remaining wax is to stick the whole thing in the freezer. This will cause the edges of the wax to separate from the sides of the vessel, making it easy to pop the frozen wax out.
If you follow these tips and tricks, you should be burning that candle for hours to come.