How to burn candles the right way

Okay okay, I know it sounds silly, you light the wick and it burns right? Well, yes, but do you ever end up with a candle that burns like a tunnel down the middle or ends up with lots of black soot around the top? Bain of my life (see below).

If you’ve recently treated yourself to a Diptyque or Jo Malone then the last thing you want is wasted candle or black soot to ruin the look… Actually a more luxurious candle is likely to burn evenly as a well made candle with the correct size and style of wick for the type of candle will. But these tricks will stop it happening to all of your favourite candles- some of mine are only £3.99- keep reading to see what it is.

Before you buy your candle

Don’t those extra wide candles look so beautiful? But be wary of them unless they have several wicks. If they only have 1 central wick then there won’t be enough heat to reach the edges of the candle and you will definitely be left with a tunnel down the middle and a lot of wasted wax and therefore scent.

When you first burn the candle

Before you light the candle for the first time trim the wick to 1/4 of an inch- this stops that dreaded black soot giving you a cleaner and brighter burn. You can be fancy and go out and buy a wick trimmer.. or you can use scissors or nail clippers, they all do the same job. Each time you go to burn your candle, re trim the wick to between 1/4 and 1/8 of an inch.

Once you’ve lit your candle for the first time, let it burn until all the of wax on the top has melted. Your candle wax has a type of memory, so if you only let it burn for an hour or so and only the wax immediately surrounding the wick has melted then you are more likely to get the tunnel effect throughout your candle. If you can let it burn this way each time you burn it then even better.

Location, Location, Location

Where you place your candle makes a difference. Keep it away from windows, air conditioning or any moving air. This will disturb the flame causing it to burn unevenly and leaving lot’s of black soot in its wake.

There you have it – 3 very easy ways to make sure you get the most out of your candles, whether they’re £3.99 (the best Jo Malone dupes from Aldi) or £300 (Jo Malone of course).

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  1. February 6, 2018 / 8:54 pm

    Who knew there was an art to it! Thanks for sharing beautiful.
    I’m on the hunt for a nice big candle for my room but haven’t found the perfect one yet, although I do love Tahaa by Peter Alexander!
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    • Marlies
      February 7, 2018 / 7:00 pm

      I know! Who Knew? But it seems to make a massive difference to me!
      Just had a look at those candles- the Vanilla Caramel one sounds incredible! Thanks for sharing it with me <3 x

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