Burning a scented candle - tips & tricks

So you've bought a beautiful new scented candle! Here's how to make the most of it. How to avoid burning your candle into a well and other tricks to maximise your burn time. 

  • 1. The first time you burn the candle is the most important. Light up the wick and get set to enjoy, but let it burn until the full candle width is liquified. This may take up to 3 hours. If you blow the candle out after a short time, you will infact set up a burn pattern which will extend into each burn. The candle will burn to this point and no further, effectively burning into a central well. This reduces burn time and also impacts the fragrance throw or strength of perfume given off during your burn. So first rule is: BURN FIRST TIME SO THAT THE WHOLE CANDLE IS COMPLETELY MELTED ACROSS THE TOP.
  • 2. TRIM THE WICK. Your wick should remain at about 1/4 " throughout the life of the candle. If it gets too long, you will notice the candle is starting to give off smoke.
  • 3. WOODEN WICKS. These wicks do not need trimming and will just burn themselves down, they tend to have a lower flame height.
  • 4.Some candles have  MULTIPLE WICKS 2, 3 or 4. If your candle has multi wicks light all of them at the same time. Your candle width must require mulitple wicks to melt it out across the top. As with single wick candles, each time you burn your candle you should liquify all the wax from one side to the other.
  • 5. DO NOT MOVE THE CANDLE when the candle is burning. It helps not to move burning  candles as this can jiggle wax onto the wick. This causes the wick to smut and in some cases the candle to go out. If you think this may have occurred, when the candle is cool, wipe the wick with a clean tissue.
  • 6.USE A LID  to protect your candle from dust between burns. If you candle does appear dirty you can gently lift of dust by using strips of cellotape. 
  • 7. DO NOT LEAVE CANDLES UNATTENDED, and importantly, place them somewhere safe, away from flammable objects, children etc.