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How to Properly Burn your Candles

Burning a candle is easy. Just follow these 3 simple steps for a long lasting and clean burn.

  1. Particularly for the first burn, candles are supposed to burn for at least 1 hour per inch in diameter. A candle that is 2.5 inches in diameter must burn for at least 2.5 hours, sometimes it can be less depending on the type of wick. Eventually after the 1st or 2nd time you won’t need to let the candle burn for that long. Make sure that before burning out the candle the wax is melted in the jar from edge to edge as seen in the photo on the right.
  2. Never leave your candle burning unattended. I know lighting candles at night before going to bed can be tempting as it might help you relax, but please be careful with this. For the sake of your safety and for the love of your candle. If you burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, carbon will collect and begin to build up on the wick. Sometimes you may notice a mushroom like figure at the top of your candle. Burning your candles for too long will cause the wick to mushroom and in the long run affects the lifetime of your candle.
  3. Speaking of wicks, remember to trim trim trim! This is vital to the lifetime of your candle, but also to it’s aesthetic. Do your candles have a black smoke like ring on top and around the sides of the jar? Lack of trimming your wick will cause this to happen to your candle. Lighting a “mushroom” wick can lead to crackling and the release of soot in the air. The black soot is toxic and will cause the black ring around your jars, which let’s be honest doesn’t look pretty! You can purchase wick trimmers specifically for this or use scissors. The wick trimmer I use is from Amazon listed here:


Perfectly melted candle.

trimmed wick and even candle burn

Trimmed wick and even burn.

tunneling in candle

Not burned long enough.

Untrimmed wicks

Wick is not trimmed.


And that’s it! So long as you follow these 3 easy steps your candle will love you just as much as you love it!