How to Properly Burn a Candle

I know what you’re thinking, you light it and leave it, right? No.

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I’ve seen too many people tunneling their candles. And candles should not tunnel (unless it’s intentional-I’ll save that for later) when burned properly.

First thing is first, and the first burn is the most important. This is gonna sound absurd, but the first burn on a new candle is the most vital to setting the tone for the rest of its beautifully fragrant life. “The wax has a memory” is what I’ve always been told.

The first burn should go all the way to the edge. That means don’t light a new candle while you’re getting ready for a dinner date. Unless you take 3-4 hours to get ready (we all know THAT person) your candle is not going to reach the edge of the container.

Once you’ve let it burn to the edge, you’re free to blow it out. From here on out, you’re going to want to trim the wick to 1/4-3/4 of an inch from the top of the remaining wax. This should be fairly easy, as the upper part is going to be a bloom of black ash, and will most likely stay on top of the scissors you use to trim the wick. Otherwise, there are wick trimmers you can purchase.

Now, what happens if you’re burning your candle and something comes up and you have to blow it out? You’re going to have some wax that hasn’t melted and you’re going to run the risk of tunneling. Fret not! The next time you’re burning it follow the same rules as before, it just might take a little longer. However, if there is some stubborn outlying wax, place a sheet of aluminum foil over the candle with a hole for the flame (and oxygen exchange), and sealed around the rest of the container. This will help diffuse the heat along the top layer of the wax to help “reset” the wax. You should only have to do this for one burn.

As always, it is an open flame. Treat it as such, and follow the warnings on the candle.

Happy candle burning! I could definitely use the warm glow on a day like this one! ❤ If you have any other questions or comments, please leave a comment below!

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