Candles are honestly a great piece of home decor. Not only do they often look very nice and complement their surroundings but they also make your house smell amazing!! But wait, are you sure you have been doing it correctly? Turns out there are rather a lot of common things people do that are bad for your candles! So let's break down some good practices so you can get the most of your great smelling guys!
Keep your wicks trimmed.
When you have finished burning your candles you want to keep your wicks nice and trimmed! We usually recommend to keep your wicks around about a half a centimetre long. Not only does this keeps your wicks and candles looking clean and tidy but it also will give your candles a cleaner, bigger flame.
Don’t stop before your wax all melts.
This is the most important and most overlooked thing when using candles. You have to, I mean have to ensure that when you light up the candle that the wax melts fully across the top before you extinguish the candle. If you don’t you can cause a tunneling effect where a lot of wax is wasted as the candle will only burn a small portion.
Put your flame out properly (please)
Most people (including myself until recently) blow their candles out, which as you may have noticed produces a lot of not so nice smelling smoke. It also does not put the candle wick out fully causing the inside to continue smouldering causing the wick to become extremely brittle and fragile. We strongly recommend using a pair or tweezers (or a knife) and gently pushing the wick into the wax to put out the flame before (also gently) pushing the wick back upright and holding it there for a few seconds. This will keep your wick nice and healthy and ready for use!