We are always asked, how do you burn a candle properly? Well, there is a technique that will make your candle last longer, burn better and throw more fragrance and we're here to share it with you in a few easy steps:
1. Trim your Wick
When you first burn a candle and on subsequent burns, you should keep the wick to about 1/4 of an inch long. Any longer than this and your wick will be unable to draw up the wax to the tip resulting in the wick itself burning, which creates smoke. Always remove any mushrooming at the top of the wick in between burns
2. First Burn
Candle Tunneling is when a candle burns down the centre, leaving a rim of hard wax around the outside. It will result in your candle not burning for as long as it should and you may even find you lose your wick eventually. It's frustrating and can happen to all candles regardless of the quality and cost
The good news is that tunnelling is avoidable if you burn a candle for several hours the first time you light it so that the wax melts right across the top of the candle. This creates a candle memory that ensures on subsequent lightings, the candle will continue to burn right across the whole surface right down to the base of the glass. It's even more important in the case of our 3-wick candles which have a lot of wax to burn through and require a longer initial burn than a single wick candle.
3. Ongoing burns
Throughout the life of the candle, it's best to avoid frequent short burns, instead ensuring that you have occasional long burns similar to the first one, to keep the wax open. Always trim the wick between the burns.
4. The end of the candle
When you reach the last centimetre of wax, it's time to blow your candle out. Once it's at room temperature, pop it into the freezer for 20 minutes. When you take it out, use a knife to crack the wax and you'll find it pops out in one or two solid pieces, leaving you with a lovely new drinking glass for your home - once you've washed it and peeled the labels off of course. You can use this wax in an oil burner (with a tea light underneath) to get the last of the fragrance in your home or you can break up the wax into smaller pieces, wrap it in newspaper or kitchen roll and use it to help light your fire in a fragrant way.
Never leave a candle burning for more than 3 hours at a time as this increases the risk of the glass cracking. Always burn your candles in an open space, resting on a heat proof surface and away from soft furnishings. Keep candles away from children and pets - our fresheners, sachets and diffusers make great flame-free alternatives where candles might be dangerous.