I hope your week is going well!
Do you enjoy burning candles?
I wanted to share a few tips on how to keep your candles burning cleaner and longer. I've been a candle lover for a long time, and I didn't realize until I started making my own candles that it's important to care for your candle to keep them burning until the last drop. It's worth a read as I know many of you savor your favorite candles for a long as you can. And there's one tool every candle lover should invest in!
Wick trimmer - Ever notice the soot, the black stuff on the side of your candle jar? That means your candle wick needs to be trimmed! It would help if you always trimmed before you light it to 1/4 in. It reduces the soot as well for a cleaner burn. You don't want to be breathing that stuff in! You can use a nail clipper, a piece of paper towel/napkin, or a wick trimmer. This is a great small investment if you enjoy burning candles. A wick trimmer also makes a great gift with candles. Need a wick trimmer? Try this one* out! I use a similar one to this, and it's become handy!. *As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
First Burn - You want to break in your candle to ensure it burns efficiently and evenly for the candle's life. This starts with the first time you light the candle; allow it to burn until the liquid wax has melted over the entire top of the candle; for Minnieology 7 oz candles, it can take 2-3 hours.
4-hour Time Limit - If you burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, carbon will collect on the wick, and your wick will begin to "mushroom." This can cause the wick to become unstable, the flame to get too large, your candle to smoke, and soot to be released into the air and around your candle container.
Always Keep An Eye On The Prize - Burn within sight. Keep away from flammable objects, drafts, children, and pets. Place the burning candle on a heat-resistant surface. Do not move a candle while hot or burning. If the candle jar becomes extremely hot, blow out the candle, and let it cool, this may have been over the 4-hour time limit too.
Shut the Front Door! - Put a candle in the office, bathroom, or bedroom and close the door. When you enter the room at a later time, you will be greeted with the sweet scent of your favorite candle. No burning is required! If you don't smell it, you may want to check the type of ingredients in your candle. To learn more about what to look for in a candle, check out What's In Your Candle? Blog post.
If you have any questions about the candles you have at home, send me a picture of the label and ingredients, and I'll help you know if it's good or bad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a great Thursday!
P.S. I've got tea light sample packs and Fall scents ready for you!