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The Best Way To Burn Candles

Burning Candles Effectively and Safely for Maximum Burn time

It seems so simple when asked how to burn candles? You get the candle out, find a lighter or match, and you light the wick. Job done. When you are heading out, or going to bed, you blow the candle out. What more could there be? Well the truth is a little more complicated. So I prepared this short guide into the best way to burn candles.

So what is the best way to candles?

The first thing you should do is to check and make sure is that there is a 10cm gap between your candle and anything else. This gap not only protects your other decorations from the heat, but it also lets the wax burn more evenly in your candle. You should also make sure that your candle is placed on a heat proof mat. We have a specially designed candle coaster that is perfect for placing between your candles and surfaces.

Maximise Burn Time

Having space around your candle is the first step to efficient burning. Once lit, you should take note of the time. Then blow the candle out after 3-4 hours. This timeframe will create a pool of wax that is approximately 1cm deep. At this point the fragrance release begins to diminish and the wax burning rate increases. These combine to reduce the overall burning time for your candle and lessens the fragrance power.

Trim Your Wick

After you have blown out the candle, leave it for several hours. The aim is for the wax to harden again. This will maximise the burn time. When you come back to light your candle again, trim down the wick to 1.5cm in length. This will reduce the excess carbon burning and mushrooming of the wick. This reduces the smoke created by your candle which can reduce your enjoyment of your chosen fragrance.

Switch up your Fragrances

A smart way to maximise your candles burn time, fragrance output, and your enjoyment is to switch up your fragrances. After you burn one fragrance select a different one for your next burn. This rotation will continually renew the smell of your home giving you the most out of your candles. Guests will instantly recognise the changing aromas of your home and you will be known as having the nice smelling house. Which is never a bad achievement to have.

After you have finished your candles and the wick will no longer light. It is time to recycle your candle jar. This is easier than you believe, and we have put together a guide to help you discover how.

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