A lot of time and effort goes into making a candle. It's not as simple as wick, wax and fragrance. There's a lot of research and endless hours of testing which takes place to optimise performance. Here's what you can do to enhance their lifespan.
- Read the card inside the candle box and the safety label on the container. Both give important advice.
- Always trim the wick(s) to 5mm and remove any debris from the surface when the wax is cool before lighting. A longer wick can get clubbed and this makes it smoky. Too short a wick won't let the candle burn properly. Debris can re-ignite.
- Let the candle burn for at least 3 hours the first time. This establishes the size of the burn pool. If you don't, the candle is likely to tunnel downwards rather than burn the wax all the way to the edge of the container.
- There is sometimes a light 'cling' of wax around the edges of the container, this will melt down with the heat of the flame as the candle burns until all of the wax is consumed. This is not the same as tunnelling which is usually a thick wall of wax all the way around the melt pool.
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