How to Get the Most Out of Your Candle: How to properly burn your candle to make it last longer
June 30 2021 – Caitlyn Farrow
If you're spending more for a quality, eco-friendly, and safe candle, you should treat it like a quality candle to get the most out of your purchase! Here are some tips to help you enjoy that candle longer:
Trim Your Wick
- Cotton wicks should be trimmed to 1/4".
- Wooden wicks should be trimmed to 1/8"/
- Trimming the wick to the appropriate height and prevents it from burning too hot, sooting, and burning too quickly.
- Burning at the correct height and size = longer lasting candle.
- BONUS TIP: Trim your wick with wick trimmers (You can find ours here), nail clippers, or end cutting pliers.
Enjoy The Burn
- Burn the candle long enough to reach the edge of the vessel (or as far as four hours allows), melting the entire surface on all burns, but ESPECIALLY the first burn!
- This prevents the candle from tunneling or burning unevenly, wasting wax the remainder of the candle's life.
- DID YOU KNOW? Candles have a memory. The first burn sets the road map for every burn that follows. The candle never forgets that first burn and will continue to burn to about the same area each time. So, make sure you have time to thoroughly enjoy that first burn!
Watch Your Trimmings
- Make sure the surface of your candle is clear of any wick trimmings and other debris before burning to keep the burn clean.
- BONUS TIP: You can blow out most wick trimmings. For dust, use a lid when not in use if possible to prevent build up. If a lid isn't available, take a barely damp cloth to wipe the candle surface down to remove dust. Be sure surface is dry before lighting.
- ADDITIONAL TIP: Wooden wicks will sometimes leak tannins into the wax. This is totally normal and not unsafe. You may notice that the previously melted surface wax may appear to be a slightly darker color from the tannins. It is not an indicator that your wax is dirty.
- Don't burn the candle longer than four hours at a time to avoid overheating and burning through the candle too quickly.
- Blow out, allow the candle to cool, trim your wick, and relight if desired.
- DID YOU KNOW? You can become "nose blind" after being in a room around fragrance for an extended time. This is why our fragrances are designed to release different scents throughout the burning time. This is also why you may leave an area with a candle and notice the scent is stronger when you return. Using your candle beyond four hours can sometimes mean you are releasing scent that your nose is no longer noticing.
Get the Most From Your Candle
- Stop burning once your candle has 1/3 to 1/2" of wax remaining. Burning beyond that point can be unsafe.
- Throw the remaining wax in a wax melter and enjoy.
- Clean your vessel, upcycle it, and get your next Thoughtful Hive candle!
- BONUS TIP: Not sure how to clean or upcycle your candle vessel? Watch this video!