Filling your Homes with Scents & Warmth: The right way to burn Candles
Candles have evolved to have a range of uses. From a source of light, a celebration marker, and to an accent in home decor -- candles are not only useful but also beautiful.
Here’s how to make the most of your candles to keep their light burning for much longer.
Lighting your candles for the first time.
Set the memory. Let the wax melt close to the edge of the candle. Depending on the diameter of the candle, this may take up to six hours. Make sure you give enough burn time when lighting your candles for the first time.
The size of the wax pool during the first time you light your candle determines the diameter of all future burns. Subsequent burns won’t melt past the initial wax pool, so it is important to let the wax pool expand to the edge of the candle the first time you light it. Otherwise, this will cause ‘tunnelling’.
Tip: To maximize the initial wax pool, the initial burn time should be 1 hour per 2cm in diameter. For example, a 10cm diameter candle would need to be lighted for at least 5 hours the first time, while a 5cm diameter candle would only take 2-3 hours.
Caring for your candles
Trim the Wick
A short wick gives a brighter flame and an even burn, compared to a longer wick that causes smoking and mushrooming of the wick. Mushrooming is when the wick forms a burnt mushroom-like shape at the top that will disturb the flame. A wick that is too long won’t be able to draw the amount of wax needed for a
steady burn, causing the wick to burn itself, producing smoke and soot. Trim the wick to 6mm and remove any debris. We recommend to trim it every 4 hours -- extinguish the flame, let it cool, trim, then relight.
Make sure candles are spaced at least 10cm apart to avoid the heat from neighbouring candles to melt and warp other candles.
It is best to burn candles in still air, away from vents and air currents, to avoid flickering and smoking. However, if drafts can’t be avoided, keep your candles in a candle holder and turn it from time to time to avoid uneven burning.
It is important always to clean the wax pool of debris such as pieces of the burnt wick or matches not to disturb the flame.
Avoid burning candles for long periods. We recommend a maximum of 4 hours. Extinguish the flame, let it cool down, trim the wick, and relight. For larger diameter candles, they benefit from longer burn times, so it’s always handy to keep in mind the 1 hour per 2cm rule.
Extinguishing your candles
Could you not blow it out? Instead of blowing out the flame causing smoke and wax splashes, extinguish the flame by dipping the wick. Use a non-flammable tool to push the wick into the hot wax, then pull it back out. This also coats the wick in wax, priming it for the next burning!
Now that you know the basics of filling your homes with warmth, come on and join us this 15th of November for a CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT. We will be showcasing a whole lot of our gorgeous candles and scents that will truly fill your homes with irresistible scents. Plus get to learn a few more tips on how to maximise using scented candles in your homes! We are so excited to share this experience with you!