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Candle Care 101

There is a right way and a wrong way to burn a candle, most people have no idea what it is. Take note of the following guidelines and you'll maximize the life of all your favorite Wickid candles.

1. Trim the wick. Every. Single. Time.

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Each time you prepare to burn your candle, make sure the wick is between 1/8 and 1/4 inches long. You can trim it down by using scissors, nail clippers or a specialized wick trimmer. No matter how you do it, always trim first. Trimmed wicks will give you a cleaner, brighter burn.

In addition, excessively long wicks cause smoldering, which is one reason you get that nasty sooting on your glass jar candles. Trimming the wick controls the flame and allows the candle to burn in a calm, even manner.

2. Create a melt pool and chill.

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Once your candle is lit, allow it to burn long enough to reach the edges of your container, creating a melt pool and releasing all the amazing fragrance. Allowing your wax to be consumed at the same rate as the wick, you will maximize the life of the candle, and prevent tunneling. It takes patience, but if you melt the wax all the way across every time you burn, the surface of the candle will stay flat and the sides of the container will stay clean until the candle is spent.
Remember - burning for more than 3 hours may cause the candle to excessively melt and allow the wick to travel from the center of the candle.

3. Keep the flame away from moving air.

Do your best to keep your burning candle away from fans, air conditioners, open windows, or heavily trafficked areas. Moving air can disturb the flame, creating incomplete combustion, leading to even more unsightly black marks on the glass.

Once you’ve achieved your melt pool, dip your wick and allow the fragrance from the melt pool to fill your room. After some time, the fragrance will subside and the candle will return to it’s solid state. At that point, you may trim the wick and relight. This is life cycle of a scented candle.