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Candle Burning Tips

Our 5 Best Candle Burning Tips

Dreamy and sophisticated, our line of essential oil candles are an ambient way to bring the aroma of some of our favorite essential oil blends into your home.

While having a no-fuss approach to candle use is perfectly acceptable, you may find you’ll have a more overall positive experience when you implement a few candle-optimization techniques. Read on for some of our top candle-burning tips to make your candle experience as streamlined and enjoyable as possible.

1. Keep the flame low

If your candle flame is more than an inch, your candle is burning too hot. Not only can a large flame be a hazard, but it will also lead to excessive heating of the candle wax. A controlled flame leads to a longer burn time, and who doesn’t love a candle that keeps on giving? If the flame is looking a bit ambitious, simply blow it out and gently rub off any debris or excess wick before relighting.

2. Remove from drafty areas

Preserve your lungs and nose! Wind and airflow can cause your candle to smoke and burn too much precious oil. Open windows and doors, cycling fans and vents can also all contribute to a fire and smoke hazard, so be sure to light your candle away from these areas.

3. Follow proper “first-burn” procedures

The first time you ever light your candle is arguably the most important burn in your candle’s lifespan. A crater forming into your candle’s center is called “tunneling”, and it can lead to unused wax and a wick that won’t stay lit. You can prevent tunneling by ensuring that the first time you light your candle, you keep it burning for 2-3 hours to ensure the wax has melted all the way to the edges of the container. Short burn times, in general, should be avoided, so sit back, relax and enjoy the candle’s gentle presence.  

4. Optimize your space

Some candles have a more subtle scent that, while they still fill up a room, can be better experienced by being placed in a smaller space like a bathroom to get the full experience. Try out different spots in your house to get the biggest aroma throw possible.

5. Stay safe!

Safety is a must when burning candles, and it would be remiss of us to not remind our beloved customers of this important step. An optimal candle experience must also be a safe experience, so never leave a burning candle unattended and keep them away from children and pets. We recommend using a snuffer to extinguish your candle to avoid blowing hot wax out of the container.

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