As with anything, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do something – it’s no different with candles. Unless you’re a bit of a candle freak (and we hope you are), there is a chance you may have been burning your candles the wrong way. In this post we’ll give you 5 tips to get the most out of your candle. This will include advice on how to enjoy your candles, make the most out of your purchase and keep safe when burning candles in your home. I’ll offer some simple solutions to certain candle related problems to get you back on track. Let’s get started.
In no particular order here are some tried and true signs you’re burning your candle all wrong, and the fix to get the most out of your candle burning experience.
TIP NUMBER 1 – Trim your wick to 1/4 inch, and keep it away from drafts!
PROBLEMS: Black Smoke & Soot.
Uh Oh! Black smoke and soot, that can’t be good for your air quality, right? This is one of the most common no-no’s we see, but it’s also super easy to correct! This phenomenon is the result of an inefficient flame, and it comes down to the shape of the flame. When you light a candle, it starts the cycle of burning the hydro carbons in the wax, heat causes these hydro carbons to rise and burn off. The heat of the flame begins to melt and vaporize more wax, as the hot air moves up it draws in cooler air through the bottom. Here are the two main causes: Your wick is too long, causing a long flame which can’t sustain the cycle and begins to flicker, or there is a draft (open window, ceiling fan, etc). These upset the delicate cycle of efficient burning.
To keep your wick trimmed, we recommend using a wick trimmer. This will help you get the right wick length every time, get down into a deep jar easily, and stop the wick trimmings from falling into your lovely candle.
TIP NUMBER 2 – Burn your candle until the proper wax pool has formed!
PROBLEMS: Tunneling & Poor Scent Throw.
This is a pretty common mistake people make and it mostly affects jar candles and pillars, or those with a larger diameter. When you light a jar candle, let it burn long enough for the melted wax pool to extend the entire diameter of the candle. (Depending on the size of your candle and type of wax, this can take anywhere from 2-5 hours). This will ensure that it solidifies evenly at the same level and doesn’t create a tunnel down the center. Furthermore, the larger the wax pool, the better the scent throw. Some candle manufacturers recommend a minimum burn time, but this will vary depending on the diameter of the candle, type of wax, along with the type and number of wicks. If you have to leave and must extinguish the candle just try to catch up the next time. No biggie!
TIP NUMBER 3 – Give your candle a rest!
PROBLEM: Candle loses it’s scent during a long burn.
If you’re a candle lover, this might be difficult for you to do – but it’s 100% necessary to ensure you get the most out of your candle. Don’t burn your candle all day. If you are a professional candle addict this will be a good habit you’ll hold onto forever. Once you have a proper sized wax pool formed over your candle it’s time to start the count down. I recommend 1-2 hours maximum. Then it’s time to extinguish the candle and let it harden back up. This cooling and heating cycle will help you get the most burn time and preserve the scent throw throughout the entire burn. It will also give your nose a rest. Time to light a candle of a different scent! This will keep the good smells coming and keep you from getting nose blind to your favourite scents.
TIP NUMBER 4 – Consider buying soy candles!
PROBLEM: Candle doesn’t last long.
Candles come in a variety of different waxes. The most common being paraffin, soy wax and beeswax. Paraffin wax is a byproduct of petroleum refinement, soy wax is actually an oil that is turned into a solid through a hydrogenation process, and beeswax is the waxy part of a honeycomb made by honey bees. Why should you consider buying soy wax candles? Well, it’s quite simple. Soy candles burn cleaner, burn up to 30% longer, have a lower melt point which helps them to burn more evenly and give off scent earlier. Also, soy wax can be cleaned up with hot soapy water if need be.
TIP NUMBER 5 – Store your candle properly!
PROBLEM: Faded colours/diminished scent.
Being a candle lover means that you probably have a fairly decent stash of your favourite candles. Depending on how quickly you burn through them, you’ll want to make sure you store them properly. Direct sunlight and heat are the two most damaging elements when storing candles. Always store out of direct sunlight in a cool dry area. Never leave your candles in a hot car…you may come back to find them melted into your seat.
~ BONUS TIP – Buy quality candles ~
No, it’s not a sales pitch, although we do hope you’ll try out our amazing candles if you haven’t already. There are many retailers both on and offline that sell cheap, poor quality candles. Our customers often tell us stories of candles they’ve picked up at their local box store and have had a problem with. Common issues include: poor hot scent throw, too much scent throw, wicks not centered, improper wick size or wrong number of wicks for the size of the candle. Purchasing a quality candle from a reputable candle maker will give you the best experience and help you get your money’s worth. Here at East Coast Candles, each product line is thoroughly tested prior to production and each candle is handmade to ensure the best quality and price. We value our customers as much as they value our candles, if you have an issue with one of our candles we’ll be sure to correct the problem.
Last, but not least, please follow the warning label on each candle you burn and reach out to us with any questions or concerns.