3 Tips for Caring for Your Candles

Posted by Caitlin Hoffman on

Everyone knows you shouldn't leave a candle burning unattended (well, we hope everyone knows that), but did you know there are several things you should always do when you burn a candle? Read on for a few candle care tips. Not only will these tips ensure you're using your candle safely, but they will also help you get the most use of your candle!

1. Always Trim Your Wick

Trim your wick before each burn! You can use wick trimmers, nail clippers, or simply pinch off the burnt bit with your fingers.  Trimming your wick keeps your flame from getting too high, which can be unsafe and can also cause your candle and/or jar to become covered in black soot.

2. Burn Until Melt Pool Reaches the Edges

Your first burn should last around 3-4 edges, or until the wax is melted all the way to the edge.  This helps prevent the candle from tunneling.  If your candle starts tunneling early on, you will end up wasting a ton of wax and your candle will have a shorter life.  For coconut wax candles, a very thin layer of wax may be left around the edges.  Don't worry, coconut wax is designed to "catch up" as the flame burns down to the center of the candle, and this remaining wax will melt down as the candle begins to burn hotter.

3. Never Burn Your Candle Longer Than 4 Hours at a Time

Burning your candle for long periods can cause the heat to build up in the vessel.  This may result in the vessel becoming too hot and cracking.  You definitely don't want hot wax or an open flame coming into contact with your furniture or other belongings!



I hope these tips were helpful!  Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest (@madebycaitj) for more tips and DIY tutorials.  Shop handmade candles and other goods at madebycaitj.com

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