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. Make sure that before burning out the candle the wax is melted in the jar from edge to edge.
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. If you burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, carbon will collect and begin to build on the wick. 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 them before lighting them each time! 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 or use scissors.
And that’s it! Pretty easy right?