How to ‘properly’ burn your candle.

I always wondered why my candles never burned straight to the bottom.  Through working here at WOW, I’ve learned that there is an ACTUAL ‘right way’ to burn a candle.  Read on for more information to learn how to get the most out of your candle and remember, never leave your candle unattended!

• Before each use, trim the wick to 1/4″, and never move until flame is out and wax is completely solid. Remember, once the candle has been burning for a little while the container will be hot, so you should not attempt to pick it up and move it – you might get burned and we don’t want that!

• When burning your candle, allow the wax to pool all the way to the outer edges of the container. This is called a ‘melt pool’. Reaching this guarantees an even burn and maximum scent throw. Our rule is an hour an inch is a cinch. If you let your candle burn one hour per inch in diameter you will certainly avoid tunneling and have the best burning experience ever!

• If the wick becomes too long while burning, extinguish flame before trimming. (Be sure to not over trim the wick. If the wick is too short it will result in too small of a flame and the melt pool will not reach the edges of the container.)

• Do not burn in a draft. A draft may provide more oxygen to a flame which may cause a hot, uneven burn.

• Never use container lid to put out flame. Extinguish flame with a candle snuffer, which will prevent wax from spraying (which sometimes happens when you blow too hard). Don’t have a handy dandy candle snuffer? Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out and purchase one…I use a pen that ran out of ink…and it works just fine! Or a paperclip is also handy…

• Do not burn your candle if wax level is below 1/4” from the bottom of the container, time for a new one!

• Keep candles out of direct sunlight and do not store in temperatures over 80 degrees, so they don’t melt before you are ready to burn them…

• Always read all warning labels and remove any hang/pull tags from around the candle container prior to burning. You don’t want any extra, unintended flames!

And last but not least…

• Always burn candles on a stable, protected, heat-resistant surfaces or place on a heatproof plate.

Thanks for reading and BE WELL!


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