As a candle addict, I’ve done my fair share of research into looking after and getting the most out of my candles. This comes from using them right, and of course this research was because I had fallen foul of not being as caring in the past – but we’ve all had problems sometimes haven’t we? Now we’re moving into the longer, darker, colder nights I thought I’d share my findings with you lovely people.
Different brands offer their own rules and recommendations on how to use their candles, and they are well worth reading and heeding – they will know the most about their product after all! Things such as recommended burn time will vary based on size and housing material – which is why more often than not some recommendations will come with the candle (and if not physically they are usually to be found on the brand website!)
These tips however are more general, and will hopefully help you give your candles the TLC they deserve!
On your first burn, make sure you can give it time!
You need to let the wax melt right to the edges of the container to help to prevent tunnelling – this goes for each time you burn your candle. The wax has a ‘memory’ of sorts, and so if you don’t melt up to the edge, then you might not next time and so on – leading to the dreaded tunnel.
Never fear, you can save a tunnelling candle!
Tin foil folded over the top of the candle in a sort of triangular hat can help. Think a wizard hat, but leave the top open so that the flame isn’t covered. There are lots of tutorials on Google and YouTube, and they worked for me :)
Always trim the wick before relighting!
This stops the pesky little black droppings from going for a swim in your lovely scented wax. Keep the wick trimmed to about the length of a grain of rice. Trim the wick when the wax is solid in case you have fallout – and you don’t need to invest in a fancy wick trimmer – use a pair of old nail clippers!
Don’t burn a candle in a draughty part of a room!
It may sound like common sense but I had a friend who couldn’t understand why her candle wouldn’t stay lit until I told her it was being blown out by a slight draught.
If you wish to burn the candle for a long time, opt for stage burning.
This means that after the recommended burning time you blow it out and allow the wax to cool and reset, before trimming the wick lighting it again. This stops wick fallout, but crucially stops overheating and sooting which can damage both the container and the fragrance respectively.
Remember to never ever leave a burning candle unattended, and if you have to handle a candle whilst it is hot then be super super careful. And obviously keep your pets and small humans away from them to save you a possible trip to the vets/hospital!