Lit candles should be a fab experience for you from the first to the last burn.
To save you some head-scratching and to keep your candles in good nick, I'm sharing 5 hot tips to get the most from your candles.
Tip #1: When you first burn your candle, let it burn long enough for the melted wax to reach the edge
The first burn of your candle is a bit of a commitment (in the best way!).
Most candles will melt completely to the edge between the first and second hour, but this mostly depends on the size of the candle and the kind of wax used. Allow some time for your candle wick to melt the wax around it all the way to the edge.
Once you've done this, to "set the candle memory" your candle should perform well for every burn thereafter!
Tip #2: After your first burn, enjoy your lit candle for between 1-4 hours (depending on the size!)
Every maker creates their candle differently so the guidelines for suggested burn times will vary from candle to candle.
If you're enjoying a Pretty Frank candle, here's the general rule:
Sample size candles = burn for up to 4 hours at a time
Full size candles = burn for up to 4 hours at a time
XL double wick candles = burn for up to 6 hours at a time
HOW DO I EXTINGUISH MY CANDLE?
Use the lid to put your candle out, or a wick dipper to push the wick into the melted wax and extinguish.
If you burn your candle for too long, the wick will end up "mushrooming".
This creates a glob of black carbon at the very top of your wick.
This glob is responsible for leaving black, powdery soot on the inside of your jar.
Left for too long, the blackened wick will
- fall into the wax
- contaminate your candle; and
- discolour the creamy wax. Ick.
This larger sized wick also creates more heat which means the wax melts faster than the candle was designed to.
This means your candle will burn too fast and you won't get your full burn time from the candle.
Limiting the length of burn is also safer and eliminates the risk of overheating the jar (particularly as the candle burns down to the end of the glass!).
SO - if you want to get a longer and safer burn from your candle, keep an eye on your burn times.
Tip #3: Trim your wick after every burn
✔️ Your candle has been lit and since extinguished.
✔️ The wax is solid again and you're left with a long(ish) black wick.
NOW - Use your handy-dandy wick trimmer to nip it shorter (think *just* long enough to relight it).
If you don't have a wick trimmer, a tissue or some paper towel will do the trick.
Use the tissue/paper to break off most of the wick - you won't want to use your fingers because the soot is super annoying to scrub off again!
Once it's trimmed or shortened, you can relight it and enjoy the candle once more!
NOTE - If you don't trim your wick..
The wick will create sooty smoke which settles on the inside of your jar (making it a powdery black colour) and the wick will break off and fall into your gorgeous creamy candle!
Best practice is to trim your wick after every burn.
P.S. Here's the very chic Pretty Frank wick trimmer.
They're like fancy, angled scissors which are perfect for when your candles burn down to the end.
Tip #4: Use your lid. Don't chuck it out!
Your lid contributes so much more than just aesthetics.
When your candle isn't burning, it keeps any dust and bugs out of the candle jar.
If any dust or bugs DO get in the candle, it'll compromise the safety of the candle and affect the burn time.
Fire + dust = not ideal and *definitely* not safe.
So keep that lid neatly on top of your candle to make the most of every burn.
Tip #5: Be selective about *where* you burn your candle
Your candle will perform it’s best if burning away from any breeze or movement.
Somewhere out of reach from young hands or furry paws (including big booty pups who can be clumsy and knock furniture!).
Consider any breeze from windows, doors that open and close regularly or fans/air-conditioning that may disrupt the still air your candle so desires.
Breezes and constant movement can affect the burn-time of your candle and certainly the performance. Find a still space to get the most from your candle.
Now you're a candle expert, go forth and enjoy your lovely candles!