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The Dos and Dont’s of Candle Burning: Our Top Three Candle Burning Tips

HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR CANDLE EVERY TIME YOU BURN IT

Nothing sets the ambience like burning a candle at home to offer your guests a beautifully fragranced welcome, to help set the mood for a dinner party, some romance, or just a lazy Sunday afternoon.

But are you burning your candles right to get the longest burning hours and the best burning experience? Black smoke and soot stains on the jar, a dry hard ring of wax around the outside that just won’t melt, any of this sounds familiar?

This post will give you the answers to the most burning questions (pun intended!) our customers ask when it comes to candle care, including our top three candle burning tips to make sure that you are giving your candles the TLC they need so they last longer and smell stronger.

Q: HOW DO I MAKE SURE MY CANDLE DOES NOT TUNNEL?

Tunneling is when the wick burns straight down the center of your candle without creating a full melt pool. A dry, hard ring of wax around the outside remains unmelted and you don’t get to enjoy your candle for as long as you should.

A: YOUR CANDLE HAS A MEMORY. THIS IS WHY THE FIRST BURN IS VERY IMPORTANT.

To avoid tunneling, allow your candle to burn long enough during the first burn until the entire surface of the candle melts. Depending on the size of the candle this can take up to two-three hours.

Mango Madness wooden wick luxury scented soy candle
The first burn sets the stage for everything. When lighting your candle the first time, let it burn for as long as it takes to form a melt pool all the way to the edge of its container.

Q: HOW DO I PREVENT MY CANDLE GLASS JAR FROM TURNING ALL BLACK AND SMOKY?

Ever bought a brand new candle only to watch its glass jar slowly but surely being covered by black smoke stains? The main cause of black smoke is an overly long wick. The way to prevent those unsightly smoke stains is very simple: always trim the wick.

A: TRIM YOUR WICK BEFORE EACH BURN TO PREVENT YOUR CANDLE FROM SMOKING.

To ensure an even and smoke-free burn, trim your wick to about 5mm each time before lighting and remove any wick debris. This will help reduce soot and smoke, ensuring that your candle burns evenly and beautifully, the soft crackle of the wooden wick reminiscent of a cozy night by the fireplace.

New York Wooden Wick Soy Candle
Trimming your wooden wick is very easy, simply pinch the top burnt wood with your fingers, or if you are a serious candle lover, invest in a wick trimmer.

Q: HOW DO I PREVENT RAPID, UNEVEN BURNING, AND AVOID FLAME FLARE-UPS?

Flame flare-ups are ugly and wasteful. They can cause rapid and uneven burning, which means your candle will not last as long as it should. They can also lead to sooting and unsightly smoke stains on your beautiful candle jars.

A: KEEP YOUR BURNING CANDLE AWAY FROM MOVING AIR.

Protecting your candle from drafts, ceiling fans and air currents will help avoid uneven burning, smoking, and decreased burn time, and is key to ensuring its performance and longevity.

French Pear Soy Candle
Keeping your burning candle away from moving air will help it burn evenly and last longer.

NO TUNNELING, NO BLACK STAINS AND LONGER BURNING HOURS IN THREE EASY STEPS

It’s that easy! To ensure your candle burns long, smells strong and looks beautiful, simply follow these three easy steps.

1. Set the memory of your candle right the first time you light it

2. Trim your candle wick before each burn

3. Keep your candle away from draft

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

For more candle burning tips check out the FAQ section on our website. If you still cannot find the answer you are looking for, feel free to get in touch, we would love to answer your questions. You can also follow us on Instagram @lumenandluxe for more tips, trends, new products + specials.

Marina. x

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