Nearly every hobby I've picked up along the path of my life started when I said to myself, "I bet I could do that myself!" and candle making is no exception.
In the process of teaching myself how to make candles -- which has been a fascinating endeavor, I never expected to care so much about phrases like "wax viscosity" -- I learned a lot from other people about what extends the life of a candle.
Below is a short list of tips'n'tricks that, when used accordingly, will extend the life of your candle and also help it shine its brightest!
- The first time you light your candle, allow it to burn until the wax pool around the wick reaches the glass jar. This usually takes about an hour for every inch of wax width across the top (i.e. a candle with a 3" width across the top will take about 3 hours to fully melt on top). Candles have what’s known as a “wax memory” — allowing it to melt completely on top the first time around will help prevent uneven or incomplete melting (aka Tunneling) in the future.
- Trimming the wick to 1/4 inch before lighting your candle each time will create a slower, more even burn. Just be sure it’s cool to the touch before trimming!
- Your candle needs air to burn, but gusts and breezes will make it flicker and burn unevenly. Light it in a safe place away from fans, heaters, or open windows.
- The scent oils in your candle’s wax release their scent into the air at all times, so popping a lid or cover on your candle after it’s extinguished and cool to the touch will help its scent stay strong for longer.
- It might not need a blankie, but your candle will last longest when it’s burning in an environment that’s not too hot or cold. The ideal room temperature range for optimal candle life is 65-85ºF. If your room is cold, try placing your candle in a patch of sun; if your room is hot, try placing it on a surface that’s cool to the touch like stone or tile, or temperature-neutral like wood.
When following these tips'n'tricks, I find that my personal candles last at least 25% longer than they used to. Avoiding tunneling makes a huge difference. But there's always a way to salvage a candle that burns only down the middle -- look for that in a future blog post!
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