Correct burning of Candle

October 11, 2021
You might think that just purchasing a scented candle and lighting it is all you need to know. But we all want to get the most out of our purchases. It is very important that when you light your new candle, that you let it burn until the wax is melted all the way to the sides. That can take up to 2 or more hours depending on the size of the container. A good rule of thumb is to burn the candle an hour for every inch of diameter of the candle. (3″ diameter = 3 hours on the initial burn). Allowing the wax to melt to the sides forms a melt pool, which then has the candle melting down fully across the container. If the melt pool is not established, the candle will only burn down the center, causing a tunneling effect. You then miss the opportunity to have as much burn time as you thought you would have, because most of the wax is left sitting in the container after the wick is completely burned down.
After you have burned your candle, forming the melt pool, you can extinguish the flame. The best way is with a candle snuffer. The snuffer prevents any burnt wick pieces from becoming stuck in melted wax, as can happen if you just blow it out. It is best not to burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time. A carbon build- up on the wick will cause the end of the wick to “mushroom”. This could cause the wick to become unstable and the flame to get too large. We really want everyone to enjoy the candles and get as much from them as they can!!