We often hear people talking about not wanting to “waste” their candles by burning them alone, without company, or simply on a work day. While we don’t subscribe to that (in fact we even created a candle to support WFH focus and our bestselling candle is often burned to unwind alone), we do have a few tips to ensure that none of your candles actually go to waste due to improper care.
Here are 4 tips to maximize burn time and prevent wax wastage:
1. TRIM THE WICK
Trim the wick to about 1/4 inch before each use. This helps prevent excessive smoking and ensures a more even burn. A longer wick can cause the candle to burn too quickly, leading to wasted wax and a tall flame that burns black.
2. ALLOW FOR A FULL POOL
When you first burn your candle, let it to burn long enough for the wax to melt and create a "full pool" across the entire surface. This prevents the candle from forming a tunnel, where the center burns down, leaving unused wax along the sides. A full pool promotes an even burn throughout our 20, 50, and 90 hour burns.
3. AVOID DRAFTS
Avoid lighting your candles by open windows or in drafty rooms! Drafts can lead to an uneven distribution of heat, causing the candle to burn more on one side than the other.
4. USE THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES
Just as it's important to use a candle trimmer before lighting your candle, using a snuffer once it's time to extinguish your candle is key to a long-lasting candle. It's also the safest way to extinguish the flame and avoiding spreading the wax, creating smoke, and potentially getting it on yourself or your surfaces.