When you spend upwards of $40 on a good-quality candle, you want to get plenty of burn for your buck. If you’re one of those people that puts off lighting a candle out of fear of it running out, you’ll be pleased to know there are things you can do to make your candles last longer.
Below are our best tips to help you care for your candle so it lasts longer.
1. BURN DURATION
The very first time you light your candle, you should allow it to burn for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours to create an even melt in the wax. This will prevent wax building up uneven along the sides of the jar (a.k.a. candle tunnelling).
Allowing the candle to burn for 2-3 hours (but no longer), will give the flame enough time to completely melt the top layer of wax from edge to edge to a depth of around 1 cm, which will allow for a more even burn when next lighting it.
Wax has a memory so it is important not to skip this step to make sure you get the most even burning out of your candle.
2. TRIM THE WICKS
Trimming the wick is very important. The longer the wick the quicker your candle will burn, so trimming it will make it last longer. It also prevents black smoke from occurring and ensures the glass isn’t over-heating. Trim it every time you use your candle and make sure it isn’t longer than a couple millimetres – the same length as when new.
To use a wick trimmer, simply trim the head of the wick once the candle wax is cool to 6mm (candles should never burn for longer than 4 hours at a time).
3. KEEP AWAY FROM DRAUGHTS
Another way to make your candle last longer is to avoid placing your candle in a draughty area, as this means your candle will be consumed more rapidly. If you can’t avoid this perhaps because the doors and windows are open, or the candle is outside, then rotate the candle periodically for even burning.
3. RE-CENTRE YOUR WICK
As well as trimming your wick, to prevent soot stains forming on the glass, make sure you re-centre your wick after putting your candle out, while the wax is still liquid. This will prevent the wick from shifting and blackening the glass on the next burn.
- If your candle comes with a lid, ensure the lid is placed back over the candle when not in use to prevent dust from gathering over the top of the wax. This won’t allow for a longer burn, but will ensure a clean burn.
- If dust has settled, you can use a humid cotton pad to remove the dust from the top of the wax.