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Four Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Candle

Written by Alauna Whelan

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Before I began making candles, I never realized how finicky they could be. I didn't know that there were so many factors that can impact the longevity of a candle.

botanical intention candle with gold wick trimmers

Here are a few ways to get the maximum burn time from your candle:

1. Trim the wick each time to 1/4"

Leaving the wick long can increase smoke and flickering, thus shortening the longevity of a candle.

2. Ensure that you burn your have an even burn pool, especially the first time you light your candle

Make sure that the entire top of the candle wax is melted. This is the most important step in avoiding a candle from tunneling. It takes time and varies depending on the size of the candle. For the 4 oz lidded jar candles it takes about 2 hours to achieve an even melt pool, and for the larger 9 oz candles about 3-4 hours.

3. Keep candles away from drafts

A breeze or draft can massively impact the proper burn time of a candle. Keeping a candle in a calm and quiet area will eliminate flickering and tunneling.

4. Extinguish after 4 hours

Letting a candle burn for long periods of time means the wick gets longer and increases the likelihood of flickering and smoke. I recommend extinguishing after four hours and trimming the wick. You can then re-light it and enjoy!

Following these simple steps will allow you to soak up many hours of candlelit ambiance and peace.

My small jar candles burn for 25+ hours each and the larger 9 oz candles have a 50+ hour burn time when burned properly.

You can shop intention candles over in the online store.