7 simple tips to keep your candles burning longer

Scented candles are jars of happiness and relaxation. They provide a simple way to completely immerse your home in a pleasant aroma. You obviously want to enjoy them for as long as possible. The good news is, there are lots of tricks to get the maximum number of burning hours out of candles. 

Let your candle burn initially for several hours

If you’ve recently brought a scented candle into your home,
you would intuitively not let it burn for too long the first time. However, this in fact reduces the amount of time you can enjoy your candle in the long run. By letting the candle burn for only a short time, it will melt only in the middle, while the edges remain unused. This creates a kind of ‘tunnel’. If you want to avoid this, let the candle burn long enough for the entire top layer to melt

Trim the wick

A wick that is excessively long can cause the candle to burn unevenly and speed up its melting. Cut the candle wick to about 0.6 cm before each use. A shorter wick keeps the flame under control and reduces soot accumulation. 

Reposition the wick

Have you noticed that your candle burns unevenly because the wick is off-centre? Then try repositioning the wick when the wax is still soft after burning. This will avoid that certain parts of the candle are left unused and allows you to enjoy more candle burning hours.

Take breaks

It is best to burn your candles with a break of 1 to 4 hours at a time. This way, the candle will not overheat and you will prolong its life. If you prefer to have a constantly burning candle nearby, you can alternate between two different candles, for example.

Choose a draught-free spot

When a lit candle is in a draught, the flame will be dancing all the time. This constant movement is not good for the wick and can even make black marks on your candle holder. So keep your candle away from your air conditioner, fan and windows or doors through which some drafts pass.

Store your candle properly

Scented candles are best stored in a cool and dry place. If the candle heats up too much, the texture of the wax may change, which may result in reduced odour quality. Haven’t used your candle for a long time? Make sure there is no dust on the candle. If the dust burns, ugly stains may form on your candle and its holder.

Choose excellent quality

Candles come in many qualities. Ensure your candles are crafted from high-quality, eco-friendly wax, like soy wax, to not only prolong their lifespan but also contribute simultaneously to a more sustainable planet.


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