Before we go any further, we can't talk candles without talking about candle care first. Proper candle care is not only important but will increase the performance and overall experience you have with a candle. I've made this one into a list format, so that I can come back routinely and update with any new tips and tricks.
‣ Trim your wick before every burn to prevent performance and safety issues. Cotton wicks should be trimmed to 1/4 - 1/2 inch and wooden wicks should be trimmed to 1/8 - 3//16 inch.
‣ Allow your candle to form a full melt pool. This means the wax should be melted across the diameter of the vessel. Extinguishing a candle prior will result in "tunneling" and your candle may not burn evenly.
‣ Depending on the size of the candle, do not burn for any longer than 3-4 hours at a time. Allow the candle to fully cool prior to trimming and relighting.
‣ Test out placements for your candle. If you notice a fragrance candle isn't performing well, it may be due to where it's placed or the size of the room.
‣ Be mindful of windows, vents and fans which can cause your flame to move and lead to fire hazards.
‣ Keep lit candles out of reach of children and pets.
‣ Do not leave a lit candle unattended.
‣ Stop use of your candle when only 1/2 inch of wax remains in the vessel.
PRO TIP: You can clean out your candle jars and recycle or reuse them. Be on the lookout for a post including reuse ideas soon.
If you're interested in learning more tips about candle care, feel free to check out Let's Talk Candles 03 | Tools next.