With September around the corner and Autumn on its way there’s nothing better than cosying up and retreating in the evenings with a new candle. At this time of year I like to swap out my reed diffusers and opt for a candle instead. I love the warmth and therapeutic benefits of the glow and scent of a candle in my home. For added luxury my ultimate relaxation is a candlelit bubble bath and a good book. I'm currently loving my cool & soothe aromatherapy candle with calming rose and cheerful orange- a welcome moment of calm can make all the difference.
If you love having a candle in every room or for every occasion I'm sure you’ve thought about how you can make the most of your candles. It may be surprising but there are many ways to make your candle smell stronger and last longer. I’m letting you in on my top tips and tricks for candle burning the right way.
1.How to make candles last longer
The physics and chemistry behind a candle fascinate me. Did you know that wax has a memory? This is why it is essential to burn your candle for two hours upon first use, this will allow the wax to melt fully ensuring an even burn the next time you light it. My absolute top tip for making your candle last longer is to add a pinch of salt to the wax just after you extinguish your candle, this actually slows down the rate at which the wax melts giving you a more economical burn.
2.How to avoid tunneling
Tunneling is when your candle burns unevenly leaving you with a tunnel like hole in the middle of your candle, to avoid this you should let your candle burn for longer the first time you light it to ensure the wax is fully melted into a pool rather than just the centre. All of our candles are double wicked which alleviates this issue completely giving you an even burn.
3.How to clean your candle
You might notice your candle occasionally stains black upon lighting especially if you use a lighter. I would recommend using a long matchstick instead. If your candle does get marked the best way to clean it is to use a cotton pad with some warm soapy water making sure to gently rub any black stains. Before using your candle again allow it to fully dry out.
4.How to reuse your candle jar
All of our candles are 100% soy wax and poured into glass, glass containers are amazing for reusing and recycling into something new making them eco friendly and a great way to store trinkets and treasures, you can even try making your own candle if you’re feeling creative. I love to reuse mine as flower or plant pots.
5.How to trim your candle wick
A great tip for making your candles last longer is to trim the wick regularly, trim your candle after each use. Ideally the wick should be a couple of millimeters in length, the same length as new to avoid black smoke or the glass overheating.
6.How to efficiently extinguish a candle
Never blow your candle out! It might seem odd but the best way to extinguish a candle is to use the lid, a glass or I love to use my candle snuffer. Wait until the wax has melted right to the edges of your candle before snuffing it out. This will help the wax to distribute evenly, evading burying the wick and ensuring longevity of use.
I do hope my 6 top tips for making the most out of your candle helps you to enjoy your candles for longer. Candles are such a relaxing treat which is why it’s important to me to share my tried and tested tricks to make sure you get the best use out of them.