Get the Most Out of Your Candles

Posted - January 15, 2021

Ever wonder why your candles burn unevenly, or the glass gets black? Proper candle care is new to many of us, but don’t worry, we put together this guide to best take care of new candles! From the first burn to wick maintenance, we have answers to all your burning questions!

Start your candle off right with these tips before every burn:

  • Trim the wick at least ¼ inch to prevent burning unevenly, creating black residue and larger flames. (Only trim when the candle is cooled, never when the wax is melted.)
  • Place your candle somewhere safe, stable, and heat-resistant to avoid damage to your surfaces or candle glass.
  • Avoid drafty areas with vents, otherwise, you’re risking your candle burning too quickly.
  • Allow your candle to burn for 2-3 hours for even burning and easy wick maintenance. *Especially important on first burn! If wax does not melt all the way to the edges before you extinguish, your candle will likely burn unevenly for the entirety of its life. 

Keep an eye on your candle as it burns to ensure the wax is melting evenly all the way across. It’s important to allow your candle to burn across its surface each time you light it, so try to be sure you’re ready to settle in with it for a few hours! Although you’re likely able to light the candle in the beginning with a lighter, as the wick gets shorter, you’ll want to keep a box of matches on hand.

Candle Cautions

  • Extinguish your candles before leaving your home or going to sleep.
  • Avoid touching or moving your candle while it’s lit, or the wax is liquid.
  • Stop burning a candle when there is ¼ inch of wax left. (Don’t burn your candle all the way down.) This can make the glass crack! 
  • If the flame becomes too large, extinguish the candle and let it cool before relighting.
  • Stay clear of anything flammable like furniture, curtains, bedding, paper, decorations, etc.
  • Don’t light your candle near children or pets that can easily knock it over.

When you’re ready to extinguish your flame, it’s best to use a candle snuffer to avoid splattering any hot wax. Always make sure the candle is out completely before leaving the room and avoid moving it until it’s cooled.