5 Tips to Help Make Your Candle Last Longer

A few helpful hints for getting the most of your new candle.

  1. Don’t Rush your First Burn:
    • Burn the candle for a minimum of two hours on the first burn and then no more than three hours each burn thereafter.
    • You need to ensure the top of the candle has completely melted before you extinguish on the first use.
  2. Keep Your Wick Short (1/4″):
    • Trimming the wick is extremely important for the life of the candle.
    •  If your candle has black smoke when it’s lit, then you need to trim the wick.
    • Wood wicks won’t stay lit if they’re too long.
  3. Chill:
    • Cold candles burn slower.
    • To cool your candle, cover it with foil or cling wrap (to prevent the wick from absorbing any moisture) and chill it in the fridge for about an hour before lighting.
  4. Burn Long Enough:
    • Before extinguishing, make sure the candle spools entirely across the top. If not, it can cause tunneling and wasted wax around the inside edge of the candle.
  5. Don’t Burn too long:
    • Do not burn more than 4 hours at a time. After 4 hours, the candle gets too hot and begins to evaporate fragrance oil and burn off quicker. We recommend burning in 2 to 3 hour increments.
    • The general rule of thumb is that you leave a candle lit one hour for each inch in diameter (tea lights are the exception to this rule). For example, for a four-inch wide pillar candle, you should light the candle for four hours on your first use. Once the wax pools close to the edge of the candle, blow it out and allow the wax to cool and solidify. You can re-light it once the wax has cooled. This will ensure that your candle maintains its original shape and will prevent it from dripping or spilling over.

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