There are numerous different factors to consider when purchasing candles. Quality and ingredients are always most important to me. You can assume that by purchasing a higher price point you get the best aroma and burn. I buy naturally scented candles only, although more expensive, they are much cleaner for your home! I also avoid chemicals in my candles and wax melts and use natural ingredients like soy or beeswax.
Regardless of how much you drop on your candles, these tips will help you get the most out of your candles! To get the best burn for your buck, don’t make these mistakes….
1. Not maintaining the wick. This one is so important. If this wick is too long it may fall in the wax or burn too hot. Keeping your wick trimmed to 1/4 inch is usually recommended. The smaller my candles get the shorter I trim my wick (within reason).
2. Trimming your wick too short for the first burn. You want your first burn to be at least an hour, or long enough to burn from the wick to the edges. Failing to do this will cause tunneling and then you’re only utilizing half your candle.
3. Throwing out the lid. Candles should have lids. They keep your candle free of dust and other debris. It also helps keep your candle scent fresh! Replacing the lid also protects your candle from the sun which can fade or discolour your candle.
4. Burning too long. Don’t power burn your candles. This helps prevent the wax from melting toooo much. Your candle should release enough scent within an hour or two so no need to burn it all day before your guests come over. Light it just before they arrive 🙂
5. Blowing it out. If you can, use a snuffer. This prevents the wick from moving too much. This will also help keep your wax centered 🙂