Getting the Most From Your Candle

Candles have a few variables that can dramatically speed up burn time. A candle of this size has a burn time range between 70  to 80 hours, and where your experience falls within that range comes down these few tips.

1. YOUR FIRST USE

When you first light your candle, leave it burning long enough so that the wax melts right the way to the edges, usually 1-2 hours. Candles have memory, and a first burn like this avoids tunneling with future use.

2. TRIM YOUR WICK

Long wicks accelerate burn time of a candle. Keeping your wick trimmed after each use to 4-5mm in length gives best results. Use a pair of scissors or even better a wick trimmer to make it easy. Wick length is important, as if its too long, your candle will burn through the wax faster; too short and you don't get a good melt pool, which means less fragrance being emitted.

3. DON'T BURN ALL DAY

Burning all day is referred to as 'power-burning' and its not the best for your candle. The recommended usage of a scented candle is 3-4 hours. The fragrance in the air will linger long after this and give you many more future uses.

4. WIND ACCELERATES BURNING

Positioning the candle under a heating vent or in drafty area just feeds the flames more oxygen, which makes fire burn faster, increasing the burn rate. Place it somewhere away from drafts. The fragrance propagates better in these spots too.

5. PUTTING IT OUT

If you don’t have a snuffer to put it out, simply put the lid on. It will go out almost immediately, the wick won’t smolder and the smoke wont overpower the fragrance in the air.

6. PUT IT ON A SAUCER

Despite the lovely thick bases my glassware has, as the candle nears its fleeting end the base can get quite hot. If you are positioning your candle on a precious antique sideboard or similar, its wise to put a saucer or something underneath it just to be safe.

7. DON'T SAVE IT FOR SPECIAL

We’re on this earth for such a short time, so every single day is special. The best thing about finishing a candle is you get to try a new fragrance when you replace it!

I hope you get as much enjoyment out of it, as I did making it for you.