Candles have become more than just a source of light. They create atmosphere, add warmth to a room and spread wonderful scents. However, it is important to realize that burning a candle goes beyond simply lighting a wick. Knowing how to properly burn a candle is crucial for both safety and maximizing its lifespan.

Silhoutte scented candle by Arôme maison

1. Long or crooked wicks can cause high flames, smoke or soot. Trimming the wick to 5mm (when the wax has hardened) is the easiest way to prevent this. Trimming/trimming the wick can easily be done with wick scissors.

2. It is important to place candles on heat-resistant surfaces, away from flammable materials and out of the reach of children and pets. Light your candle in a well-ventilated area, away from drafts or fans, which can cause soot or rapid, uneven burning.

3. Burn normal-sized candles one and a half to two hours at a time. If you burn candles for less time, the candle may “tunnel,” leaving a buildup of wax around the sides of the pot. If your candle burns longer (more than four hours), the wick may shift or skew. Should this happen center the wick and keep it straight. If the burning wick gets too close to the wall of the jar, extinguish the flame and straighten the wick.

4. If you light a candle incorrectly, the scent will be less fragrant. It is crucial to let the candle burn long enough for the top layer to melt and create a pool of liquid wax. This process maximizes the release of fragrance oils and ensures a more powerful and consistent scent over the life of the candle. Keep the wax pool free of wick chips and matches, as debris in the wax can act as a secondary wick, making your candle burn faster.

5. Stop burning your candle when 10 mm of wax remains at the bottom. Keep an eye on a burning candle when the wax is low.

Storing your candle

When your candle is not in use, store it in a cool, dry place and cover it with an elegant candle cover to protect the candle wax from dust, which can fade the scent and cause problems while burning. Condensation on the surface of a candle is a sign that the candle has not been stored properly or for too long. Be sure to wipe this away before lighting the candle. Storing candles to long can affect the scent, use your candle within a reasonable time to enjoy the fragrance to the fullest.