Candle Love: How To Get The Full Life Out of Your Luxury Candle
How do you burn a candle the right way? While simply lighting it might seem pretty straightforward, I've lost many candles to "tunneling"—that annoying hole in the candle center that just keeps getting deeper and deeper with each burn until finally, you can no longer light your candle, and then it eventually winds up in the trash bin.
I have always loved candles, but I really didn’t know how to burn them properly until I learned to make them. As you can imagine, I burn many candles, always experimenting with different vessels, wicks, and fragrances to find what works and what doesn’t.
Investing in and burning candles is an act of self-love. Showing love for your home or workspace is an extension of that love for yourself. Seeing the soft glow of a beautiful candle filling the air with fragrance instantly soothes the soul and makes you feel at peace. It brings intention into your life,
So, let’s dive a little deeper into the basics of candle care!
The First Burn is the most important one.
The first time you light your candle, allow it to burn until the wax pool melts all the way to the edge; for a larger candle, this may take several hours.
Natural Apricot - CoCo wax has a “memory”, so if extinguished with only a partial melt pool, this will prevent a full, even pool from forming in the future. This is how ‘Tunnels’ form in candles.
Trim your wick to 1/4” before each light. Removing the Carbon Buildup will not only help your candle burn cleaner but also Longer with a more consistent fragrance.
TIP: Rather than using trimmers, simply bend your wick to trim. The wick will break off right where it needs to, at about 1/4”.
Keep lit candles away from drafts, fans & air vents. Burning a candle near an air current is not only a fire hazard but will also create a bigger flame which causes your candle to burn quicker.
Here are a few tricks to fix a candle if it is not burning well.
If your flame seems to be burning too high and creating black smoke, extinguish your candle immediately, trim the wick, and relight it. If you see soot inside your vessel, walls you can wipe it out with a paper towel to keep it looking beautiful.
If you have tunneling and it’s too far gone to get a proper melt pool, you can use a heat gun or hair dryer to melt the top layer of wax to restore it to its even surface.
If you are reading this, you love and appreciate candles like I do. I hope this information is helpful to you in getting the full life and experience out of your candle.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
love + light ~ Ingrid