Tips to Help Burn the Perfect Candle

The National Candle Association states that candles are used in 7 of 10 American households. According to manufacturer studies, 90% percent of all candles are bought by women. You will likely have at least one of the following types of candles in your home: a container candle, pillar candle, or taper candle.

The candle basics are simple: light the candles and then enjoy. Here are eight candle etiquette guidelines to help you get the maximum use of your candles.

Trim the Wick

We repeat: Always trim the wick to 1/8- 1/4 inches before lighting any candles.

The flame can also become too tall if it touches the container. Hot liquid wax + cracked glass = cleanup

A wick cutter is a great tool, especially for tall, narrow, and deep candles (like pillars), and candle containers (like our beer bottle candles). You can also use scissors, but this can be difficult after the candle has been burned.

Pro tip: If you don’t own a wick trimmer use toenail clippers to trim any wicks that are too difficult to reach with scissors.

Stop Wrong Drafting

Dancing flames does not a candle party make?

Burning candles should not be placed near heating, air-conditioning vents, or windows. A draft is when the flame of the candle is flickering in a direction other than straight upwards.

Calm, center flame distributes heat evenly, which results in a clean, even burn. It also eliminates excess smoking, tunneling, and waste wax around the candle’s an inside edge. This increases the scent throw and prolongs the candle’s lifespan because it burns more slowly.

To block drafts, place candles in a lantern or hurricane. This is great for breezy outdoor events, but it can also be used indoors near vents to add accents to your decor.


Cold candles burn more slowly.

Cover your candle with foil or cling wrap to cool it. The wick will not absorb any moisture. Let it chill in the fridge for at least an hour before lighting it.

The cold temperatures increased the longevity of the candles, which we did by lighting candles throughout the event. You don’t have to go that far, just put them in the refrigerator.

Burn Long Enough…

Before you extinguish, ensure that the candle is fully spooled across the top. It can lead to tunneling and wax waste around the candle’s an inside edge. For pillar candles, burn them for at least an hour per inch.

Side note: Too small a size wick can also cause tunneling. The wick’s diameter must be equal to the candle’s diameter. If there are multiple wicks, it will leave a layer of wax around the candles inside edge.

But, Don’t Burn Too Long

Limit the time that you burn a candle to 4 hours. The candle will get too hot after 4 hours and begin to evaporate the fragrance oil. It will then burn faster. We recommend that you burn the candle in increments of 2 to 3 hours.

The wax can liquefy if it gets too hot depending on the candle. If that happens the glue that holds the wick can come loose and slide across the bottom of your container. Attention: If this happens, the flame could touch the glass and crack the glass. You should not burn a candle if less than 1/2 inches of wax remains.

  1. Dismantle It

There are two options when you want to extinguish a candle flame: blow it out. You can also use a candle snuffer.

Pro tip: When blowing out candles, place your index finger directly in front of the flame. This will reduce hot wax from splattering, and allow the air to surround it.

The function of a candle snuffer is to extinguish the flame but without it smoking. A candle snuffer is a device that places the bell of the snuffer above the flame to extinguish its carbon and hydrogen supply. You can use a wick dipper to push the wick in the hot wax pool and then lift it from the wax for the next burning.

Clean Up

Spills can happen.

First, determine the type of wax used in making candles in case of spillage. Paraffin wax is not easy to remove. Soy wax is biodegradable and can be washed with soap and water.

The Best Candle Wax

This wax burns more slowly than paraffin wax and eventually replaced it. Today, soy candles are the healthiest. The standard is natural wax candles with wicks made of braided cotton or paper with a cellulose core.

It is simple to light a candle, but it seems like something everyone can look forward to. Burning candles can have psychological benefits that promote joy, ease, and focus, as well as energy.

Author: Connie S. Goforth

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