There is a right way, and a wrong way, to burn a candle — and 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.
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, but 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.
Once your candle is lit, allow it to burn long enough to reach the edges of your container and down to approximately a quarter of an inch, creating a melt pool and releasing all the amazing fragrance. This could take a while — so don’t light your candle until you are ready to relax for a few hours.
Wax has a memory, so you’ll want to burn long enough for your candle to reach the edge of your container. This way, the next time you burn your candle, it remembers to melt all the way out to the side of your container. Think of it as a balance between wick and wax consumption. Allowing your wax to be consumed at the same rate as the wick…you will maximize the life of the candle, and prevent tunneling.
Eventually, the tunnel will prevent you from lighting the wick at all. More importantly, all the unconsumed wax along the sides represents hours of lost fragrance and burn time gone to waste.
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, all the way down until the candle is spent.
However, it is important that your extinguish the candle once you’ve reached a proper melt pool. 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.
Untrimmed wicks are more likely to mushroom that dulls and obscures the flame.
This candle is tunneling as a result of short burn times:
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 where people walk back and forth a lot. 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, snuff your candle 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.
So, to get the most enjoyment out of your Wickid candle…trim it and let it burn.