5 simple ways to stop ruining your candles
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.
1. Be selective about *where* you burn your candle.Your candle will perform it’s best if burning away from any breeze or movement.
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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.
2. 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!
3. After your first burn, enjoy your lit candle for between 1-4 hours (depending on the size!).Full sized candles from Pretty Frank can be burned safely for up to 4 hours and then should be extinguished.
Use the lid to put it out, or a wick dipper to push the wick into the melted wax.
If you burn your candle for too long, the wick will end up "mushrooming" and creating a glob of black carbon at the very top. This carbon glob is responsible for leaving black, powdery soot on the inside of your jar.
Left for too long, the blackened wick could fall into the wax, contaminate your candle and discolour the creamy wax. Ick.
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!).
4. Use your lid.Don't chuck it out! Your lid contributes 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.
5. 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. 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 could 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! Hooray!
If you don't trim your wick, the wick will create sooty smoke which settles on the inside of your jay (making it a powdery black colour) and the wick will break off and fall into your gorgeous creamy candle! Ick.
Best practice is to trim your wick after every burn for best results.
Enjoying your candle right to the end is simpler when you consider where you're burning it, time your first burn right, don't leave it lit for too long or too short, keep dirt and dust out with a lid and keep your wick trimmed.