You just light the candle and let it burn – right?
Read on for tips to get the best burn out of your candle ensuring you don’t waste any of that
gorgeous fragrance in your candle.
You may not know that there are many different types of wicks and waxes that can be used to
make candles. The combination of these, along with the fragrance oil and the size of the candle, means that all candles will perform differently.
An experienced chandler will carry out testing on their candles before launching to the market.
During this testing, the chandler will look at the performance of the wick, the burn time of the
candle, how is the scent throw and does the melt pool reach across the whole of the candle -
often trying different types of wicks and fragrances to find the best performance.
Full wax pool
One of the many errors we make (and one I always did before learning the art of candle making!)
is burning a candle for short periods of time causes the wax in the candle to “tunnel”. This
basically means that the melted wax pool is not reaching the edge of the container and will
create a tunnel down to the bottom of the container.
How many of us will light a candle when we have a bath? I bet that candle is only lit for a short
amount of time!
For example, say we burn a candle for an hour, when we next relight the candle and keep it lit for
another hour, the wick will continue to narrowly burn as the wax around the edge of the candle is
not getting hot enough to melt. This means we are wasting lots of lovely fragranced wax!
To get the best performance out of your candle and maximise the overall burn time of a candle.
We need to have our candles lit for around 3 to 4 hours or at least until the melt pool is reaching
the edges of the candle. Doing this each time will ensure an even burn across the candle.
It is recommended that you never leave a candle burning for more than 4 hours. This is for
safety reasons to ensure the container doesn’t overheat and potentially crack or weaken the
container. Burning candles for longer than recommended will also mean that as the container
gets hotter and hotter, this will in turn melt the wax quicker in the candle. Whilst you may be
using all your wax, you will be reducing the burn time of the candle.
Trim the wick
This is such an important step as it helps the wick to burn down the centre of the candle. As the
wick burns and extends in length it will begin to lean to one side. If you never trim the wick, this
means that one side of your candle will become hotter than the other leaving un-melted wax in
your container. If you don’t have any wick trimmers, small scissors will do the job just fine!
I hope these three tips will help you maximise the use of your candles – any questions please get
in touch – helping melting!