HOW TO BURN THE PERFECT CANDLE
Something we get asked a lot is how to burn the perfect candle. We’ve compiled this easy to follow guide, to make sure you get the best from your candles every time!
THE FIRST BURN
The first time you burn your candle, you need to make sure you let the wax melt to the edge of the container. The wax pool you get the first time you burn your candle will be the wax pool you get every time you burn your candle, so it’s really important to get this first burn right! A larger wax pool also gives a better scent throw, so you want as large a wax pool as possible to get the best fragrance from your candle. Our large jar candles, for example, will give a better scent throw than our medium jar candles due to the wax pool being bigger.
TRIM YOUR WICK
Each time you go to burn your candle you need to make sure the wick has been trimmed to around a 5mm (1/4inch) length. This ensures the wick doesn’t get stuck in the wax, which can affect its burning. We recommend our handy wick trimmers to get the neatest cut — with their long handle you can get down to the wick even when it has burned right near the bottom of the container, and debris is collected in the bowl of the trimmers.
HOW LONG SHOULD I BURN FOR?
We recommend you don’t burn your candle for any longer than 4 hours at a time to keep your candle in its best form. Burning for longer than 4 hours can create carbon deposits on the wick, which can cause smoking.
PUT A LID ON IT
All our candles come with a lid, it’s important to replace the lid on your candle once it has been extinguished and allowed to cool down. The lid makes sure no debris or dust can get into your candle, which can affect its burn.
WHERE TO PUT IT
Make sure you light your candles away from drafts, and on a heat safe surface, as containers can get hot when candles are lit. You should keep your lit candles away from pets and children, and make sure you don’t move your candles once they are burning — the movement of wax can extinguish your flame!
We hope this quick guide answers how to burn the perfect candle! All our soy wax candles are hand poured in our East London studio, you can find our full range here.