Candle Care | Best way to burn a candle
We have just released the new Damselfly “Frankie” Limited Edition Candles! So, now is the best time to give you guys some tips and tricks on how best to look after your candles! We may have also got a bit creative with our illustrations – don’t worry, we aren’t quitting our day jobs. 😛
The relationship that you have with your candle needs to be respectful. It works best when you take care of your candle and think about how you’re using it. Candles can be a bit of a splurge (especially the high-end ones which can be $40+ per candle). So you want to get the most out of them, right? Here are some of our tips and tricks in getting your candle to last longer and be able to enjoy it long after ‘it’s time’ has run out.
All of the candles we sell here at Luxah have reusable vessels, so stick to the end of this post to find out how to reuse your remaining wax.
Start off like champs!
First up, your candle’s first burn determines how well your candle will burn throughout it’s ‘life’. Therefore, this is the most important burn! When lighting your candle for the first time, make sure that the wax melts right to the edge of the sides of the vessel. This will ensure an even melt in future uses. This process can take up to 2-4 hours, so make sure that you have no plans for the rest of the evening. It’s candle burning time!
Always ensure that the wick(s) remain upright and trimmed to 5mm prior to each burn. The vessel may start to darken if your wick(s) are not maintained in-between burns. If the candle does decide to smoke, flicker, or the flame becomes too high, extinguish and let the candle cool, trim the wick and make sure the candle is not in a draughty area before re-lighting.
The best way to extinguish a candle is by using a proper candle snuffer. This helps to assist in maximising your burn times. It’s not recommended that you use the candle’s lid to extinguish. They weren’t designed for this and some of our candles like the Extra Large Damselfly Candles and Belash Candles have wooden lids… wooden lids + flame = not a great combination.
Making a home for your candle, so it won’t want to burn yours down…
You need to treat your candle with care. Don’t move your candle when it’s got it’s wick burning and working hard to get that scent out. If you want to move your candle, extinguish and let it cool and rest before repositioning it.
A few things candles don’t like: draughts, ceiling fans, air currents, pets, small children and being forgotten about. (please don’t leave your candle unattended- it may get up to mischief).
Candles also run out of steam and need to rest after 3-4 hours. So make sure that you let it rest up to 2 hours before relighting. All of Luxah’s candle ranges are picked according to our super picky standards (one being tripled scented, super strong candles). In most cases, you can burn your candle for less than an hour and your room will have the benefits of the strong fragrance.
When it’s time to say “goodbye dear candle, you’ve done good”
Sometimes it’s hard to say goodbye to your favourite candle… but it’s important to know when it’s time. You should retire your candle when there is 1cm of wax that remains in the bottom. (don’t worry, this doesn’t need to go to waste).
A really cool tip is to boil some water and fill the candle half way. Let sit until the water is cool and the wax had hardened. Pop the remaining wax in a burner and of course, reuse your vessel! All the candles we sell have beautiful vessels that you can reuse as pencil holders or vases!