There is? Who knew!!
Ever asked yourself am “I doing this right?” Good then we can be friends! Like most things, we all discover as we Google our way through adulthood, there is - like with most things indeed a good way! When it comes to burning candles it seems there is too – who knew? Let us give you the lowdown from our master pourer...
“We all want to get the best possible results when lighting our new candle for the first time. For the ultimate melt and to prevent wax tunnelling and candle waste follow these simple steps for a better burn….
- Always, always burn your candle for a minimum of 3 hours, be more Goldilocks on this point – it’s not 1 hour or two but three - every. Single. time. Not only will this let you enjoy the fragrance and the therapeutic benefits to their full potential; but it will also ensure the wax is fully melted and pooled to the edge. Whenever you fail to achieve a full melt, you're actually contributing to a process that’s called ‘tunnelling’. This happens when the wick starts to sink lower and lower into the wax, like an actual tunnel is forming right through the centre of your candle. Eventually, the tunnel will grow so deep that it'll be virtually impossible to light the wick at all. More importantly, all that beautiful un-melted wax on the sides represents hours of stunning fragrant therapeutic benefits and burn time you won't ever get to enjoy!
- Always allow the wax to completely solidify before re-lighting. This may sound a little fussy however will allow the surface of the candle to remain flat and the sides of the jar clean and free of wax spills and splashes and ensure no tunnelling occurs on the next burn.
- Always trim the wick between uses, ensuring no longer than 6mm. Why? Well, trimmed wicks give a much cleaner and brighter burn whereas, untrimmed wicks are a lot more likely to take on a weird mushroom-esque shape that dulls and obscures the flame. Secondly, excessively long wicks are one of the main causes of smoky stains that can stain the jar or worse still the wall behind your candle! Trimming the wick keeps the flame in control and prevents any marks!
- Keep your candle away from moving air wherever possible. If you can always do your best to place your candle away from windows, fans or drafty corners, the flame is far less likely to be disturbed. A happy little draft less flame makes for consistent heat and therefore a perfectly even burn.
Lastly, don’t be tempted to burn longer than 4 hours at a time and never leave your candle unattended or within the reach of children or pets – now go forth and burn those candles like the experts do and enjoy!