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How To Make Your Candle Last Longer

How To Make Your Candle Last Longer

Seems silly, but yes there is a right way to burn a candle. This goes for all brands, not just ours! While some candles might just look boujie on the shelf, we pride our candles on being aesthetically pleasing AND affordable enough to burn. Get the most out of your candles by following the tips below: 



-The initial burn. When you burn a candle for the first time you need to let it burn for 2-3 hours (depending on the size) so there is an even layer of a hot wax pool covering the entire surface. Wax has a memory, and will continue to burn in the pattern every time. Without allowing the wax to burn an even layer you will start to see a tunnel or an uneven surfaces that will cut the lifespan of your candle.

Invest in the tools. Using a proper wick trimer and snuffer will make all the difference. Picking off your wick or using scissors will risk the wick being too short or if there are two, they may come out uneven.

-Trim your wicks. Keeping wicks at 1/4″ is important. Before you light up trim your wick. If you see any smoke whatsoever, extinguish the candle, trim, and then re-light. Be careful not to over trim, though. Too short and the candle will not light again.

-Keep wicks upright. If you see them start to droop, you can warm up the wick (don’t light it, just put fire near it), trim it, and straighten it out.

-Discard trimmings. Don’t leave any wick trimmings in the candle. In fact, nothing should be inside the candle. Not only does it ruin the way the wax burns, it’s a hazard.

-Don’t move a hot candle. If there is hot, melted wax in your candle do not move it. The slightest movement will cover the wick, which will ruin your candle. You also don’t want to mess with the whole even layer thing.

-Don’t blow out candles. Either use a snuffer or lid. Simply cover the candle and let is turn off on its own. Blowing out candles causes the wax to become uneven, you can ruin the wick, and you’ll have all that nasty black smoke.

-Light your candles with long matches or a long lighter. Holding your candle to the side and trying to light it with a short match or lighter is going to be a disaster. You won't be able to get to the wick when the candle gets low, and if there are two wicks, you won't be able to light them both at the same time. This is again going to mess with the wax, or get black soot onto your candle glass. 

-Watch your burn time. Do not burn your candle for more than 4 hours without allowing time to cool. If the whole candle goes to liquid the wicks will go to the side, and it won't burn properly after that. Also, the glass can overhead and crack esp. if the wicks go to the side and burn the glass.

-If you have a candle that has gone awry, it can still be saved. You can use a hair dryer on low to even out the wax surface or pop the candle in an oven at 175 degrees for about 5 minutes. These two actions will melt the wax, so that it’s smooth and level across the top again. Scoop out any wax that flows over the wick.

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