We all love to light a scented candle and make our house smell great, or perhaps you do it to bring back dear memories, or as part of your self care/relaxation rituals (we all need our ME time!).
So, let me ask, have you ever checked your candle's warning label? I ask this with no judgement at all! Before becoming a chandler, I too was guilty of this - I mean, how dangerous is it to light a candle?
I will have you know there is no immediate threat, so long the person/company you bought your candle from went through all the proper testing. If this is so, even if you aren't very kind to your candles, there shouldn't be any accidents.
With that said, I want to share with you some of the best candle practices to ensure you are able to enjoy your scented candle to its full extent. I'm sure some of the things you will read may sound like common knowledge, but you'd be surprised at how many people are not taking full advantage of their scented candles.
Ready? Here we go.
- Never leave your burning candles unattended and always burn them within sight. Of course, you don't have to watch them every minute they burn, but don't leave them unchecked for hours.
- Always keep candles away from children, pets, drafts, fans, and vents. You want to make sure nobody gets hurt in the eventuality of and accident.
- Make sure to trim the wicks to about 1/4" (not too short though, or it will drown) to ensure your candle's best performance and to prevent oversized flames and soot. Also make sure not to leave the trimmings in the candle container as these can potentially become the source of secondary ignitions (this will make your jar super hot!)
- When burning your scented candles allow them to reach full melt pools (the surface of the candle should be liquid all the way to the edge, or as close as possible within 2-4 hours). Soy wax has memory (funny, right?) so if you always burn your candle not letting them melt fully across the top, a tunnel will start to form as the wax will only melt to the point of the previous burn. This can make your wick drown as the excess wax on the container walls will add to the melt pool down bellow, making it hard for the wick to burn efficiently. You will also be wasting money, as all the wax isn't being consumed.
- We all love to light a candle and let it burn for hours (I have been guilty of this myself in the past), but here is the thing, you really should NOT burn your candles for more than 4 hours at a time. Doing so may cause the glass to overheat and break (wouldn't you want to hurt yourself and end up with a waxy mess to clean up?).
- Do not touch or move your candle while it's lit. The glass may be hot (you can burn yourself and drop the jar as reflex!) and you may accidentally spill wax all over the place (again with the waxy mess).
- Last, but not least, discard your candle when only about 1/2" remains. Some companies do not secure their wicks to the candle container (we do!), so if you burn the candle too low it may cause the wicks to dislodge themselves (not much support if all the wax is melted) making the glass overheat and shatter.
Well, that turned out longer than I intended it to, hopefully you made it all the way to the end.
After all of that, I am confident you will be burning your scented candles better and making the most out of your buck, and your candle!
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Happy Candle Burning!