Candles aren't new to you, I know, but hear me out! There are ways to help extend the life of your candle, and I have some tools and tricks below. :)
Wick length/with trimming
Every candle you purchase will have the wick already clipped to ¼ inch. The best way to extend the life of your candle is to keep the wick at this height before you re-light the candle. When you are ready to re-light the candle and the wick is too long, it can cause uneven burning, dripping, or flaring of the candle, which can lead to fires. To remedy this, use a wick trimmer, such as the one we offer to trim your wick before each use. Doing this also helps to keep away unwanted smoke or residue on glass containers, so it’s a win-win!
Use the candle jar lid over blowing it out
Blowing out your candles can cause sparks to fly, which is a fire hazard. You also never want to put your candle out with water, as this can cause the wax to splash around. With that said, the safest way to extinguish your candle is with a snuffer or your candle jar lid. This can help to keep the dangers to a minimum and also help to extend the life of your candle.
Keep an eye on your candle level
When you light your candle for the first time, let it burn at least one hour for an even burn. But do not let your candle burn all the way down. If the candle reaches only 1 inch or ½ inch left, be sure to snuff it out and discontinue burning. It is recommended to not burn your candle for more than four hours.
Let it cool
And lastly, another important thing to keep in mind is the ‘cool’ time that your candle needs before you pick it up after you blow it out. This is especially true for glass containers or glass jar candles, as the glass can become very hot and burn your hands severely. It is best to check individual candles for their ‘cool’ time, but a good rule of the thumb is to wait at least 30 minutes.
Get lit safely!