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You don’t just have to be able to buy scented candles, you have to be able to burn them!

People often ask: why don’t my candles burn in a nice flat pool of wax? In fact, there is a lot to be said for how to burn a scented candle, and knowing how to burn a scented candle not only makes it look good, but also extends the burn time.

1. The first burn is crucial!

If you want your scented candle to burn beautifully, try to have a flat pool of melted wax before you extinguish it each time you burn it, especially on the first burn. The wax next to the wick will be loose and not tight after each burn goes out. If the wax has a high melting point, the wick is not well matched and the ambient temperature is low, the candle will burn with a deeper and deeper pit as more and more breaths are blown.

The first burn time is not consistent and varies depending on the size of the candle, usually no more than 4 hours.
2. Wick trimming

Depending on the type of wick and the quality of the candle, it may be necessary to trim the wick, but with the exception of wood wicks, cotton wicks and eco-wicks, which are generally long from the factory, it is necessary to trim the wick before the first burn, leaving a length of about 8 mm.

If the wick is too long, the candle will be consumed quickly and trimming it will help the candle to last longer. If you don’t trim the wick, it will tend to burn and produce black smoke, and the walls of the candle cup will be blackened.

3. Straighten the wick after each burn

The wick is made of cotton, which has the disadvantage of being easily skewed during the burning process.

4. Do not burn for more than 4 hours at a time

Scented candles should try not to burn for more than 4 hours at a time. After more than 4 hours, they can be extremely prone to problems such as mushroom heads, black smoke and overly hot containers, especially noticeable with imported candles from abroad.
Rigaud candles

5. Cover when not burning

When not burning, it is best to cover the candle with a lid. If left open, not only do they tend to gather dust, but the bigger problem is that the scent can easily get lost. If you don’t want to spend money on a lid, you can also keep the box the candle comes in and store it back in a cool, dry cupboard when the candle is not in use, while some candles come with their own lids.

Post time: Jun-21-2023