The Perfect Burn - Your Guide to Burning a Candle Correctly

Burning a candle is so simple but did you know that there were ways to prolong the life of your candle and prevent it from sooting and tunneling? Follow these 5 top tips to burn your candle like a pro!

Trim your wick and check for debris

Before lighting your candle, you should always trim the wick to about 3mm. This helps to prolong the life of a candle up to 25%. Anything left in the wax pool such as matches and wick trimmings will add more fuel than the candle is designed to handle and too much fuel can cause the flame to unexpectedly flare up or even start a small fire near the candle flame.

Get the first burn right

Just like the first cut is the deepest, that first burn is the most important. Candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size. For example, a candle that is 2 inches across should burn for 2 hours. If a candle is not burned for long enough to allow the wax to liquify or to melt from edge to edge of the container, it will create a 'memory ring'. Once a candle has this ring, it will continue to tunnel for the life of the candle.

Don't overburn your candle

Burning a candle for too long will cause carbon to collect on the wick, leading it to 'mushroom' and your candle will start to smoke and release soot. Avoid this by always following the instructions. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.

Keep the flame away from moving air

When burning a candle, avoid proximity to fans, air conditioners, open windows, or crowded areas with people walking back and forth. Moving air can disturb the flame, resulting in those pesky black marks on the glass.

Store your candles properly

Store candles in a cool, dark and dry place with the lid on to keep them clean of dust and debris, and to help protect the wax and fragrance. Highly fragrant candles have a life span of 6 to 12 months, depending on the scent. If you enjoy fragranced candles, then use and replace them often to avoid deterioration in appearance and performance.