5 Tips For Making Your Candles Last Longer



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Certainly, everyone wants to enjoy a nice fragrant room to inspire memories filled with relaxation inspiration, and love. But that doesn’t mean that experience has to break the bank.

These five tips will stretch your home décor ambiance dollar.

Trimming your wick


One of the most important things to remember and often overlooked aspects of candle burning is the wick. One of the most often asked questions I get as a candlemaker is, why does my candle darken and spread soot all over my walls. The answer is quite simple. You must trim your wick!

Trimming your wick to ¼ inch before your burn will eliminate the darkening of your walls for the simple reason that there isn’t enough wick to burn to cause any soot to accumulate in the first place. Always remember to trim your wick before EACH burn and you can say goodbye to those unwanted stained-glass containers and walls forever. I have a detailed list of tools candlemakers use right here.


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Store in a dark cool area

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While heat is certainly your friend when burning candles, it is your nemesis when not burning them. Candles stored in natural light will cause the wax in your candle to expand which can discolor the candle and worst of all, push the fragrance oil out of the candle which will affect the overall performance of your candle.


While heat is certainly your friend when burning candles, it is your nemesis when not burning them. Candles stored in natural light will cause the wax in your candle to expand which can discolor the candle and worst of all, push the fragrance oil out of the candle which will affect the overall performance of your candle.

If you store them in a cool dark area, like a linen closet, for instance, the candle’s wax will be nice and pulled together so that when you burn the candle, the fragrance oil will powerful and aromatic, filling the room with ease for a longer period of time (more on that one down the list).

The first burn should be between 3-4 hours

After trimming your wick, you should plan on burning your candle for at least 3-4 hours. This will ensure that the candle will form a solid melt pool and burn evenly throughout its life span. And even melts pools is good.

On the other side of the spectrum, You shouldn’t burn your candles for any longer than for hours because the heat could heat the glass jar up to dangerous levels causing damage to the glass jar or even the surface that candle is sitting on.

There’s a reason we put warning labels on the bottom of our candles.

The last half inch


While we want to get the most out of our candles, you should stop burning them when there is about ½ inch of wax left in the jar. But fret not young tumbleweed! You can still get some use out of that scented wax. Simply pop the jar into the freezer for about an hour or so and the wax will pop right out.

The wax constricts at lower temperatures and pulls away from the glass. It’s irritating to most candle-makers; hence we heat our jars up before pouring to avoid this process, however, that’s exactly what we want to happen at this stage. After you’ve frozen the candle, Take your jar out of the freezer, pop the wax out and you can use it in your wax warmer to get every last ounce of scented candle goodness for your buck!

Freeze!

And speaking of freezing, pop your candles into the freezer up to 24 hours before a party and you can have those things burning all evening. The cold jars prevent the dangers listed in the previous entry and the cold wax ensures the most powerful scent throw for your guests.


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So there you have it. 5 easy tips for getting the most out of your candles. Keeping them cool (or even frozen) as a cucumber and well-trimmed can make all the difference.


Brian


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