I’ve a little thing with candles. I love them, the ambience they lend a room and the scents just do it for me. But once you’ve shelled out the cash on one of those fancy beauty-guru candles you’ve got to take care of the things. Otherwise you’r left with a candle that doesn’t burn evenly, smokes and tunnels. Here are my tips on keeping them in tip top shape – unlike that one of the right…
- First Burn Determines All – it’s true, the first time you burn a candle will determine it’s fate. To make sure it’ll be smooth burning from the first time on, leading to a wonderful and harmonious relationship, make sure you burn it until the top layer has all liquified the first time (and those that follow).
- Trim That Wick – For some strange reason wicks don’t burn as fast as the wax evaporates. This means that after a good few hours of burning the wick will be too long to burn as is again. I like to trim my wick right before burning, not too short and not too long I’d say the sweet spot if between 0.25-0.5 of an inch (about 0.5-1 cm my metric readers). If you’ve a wick trimmer I’m jealous but I just go at it with my office scissors.
- Aim For the Centre – Making sure the wick is in the centre is super important. Once I’ve blown out my candle I make sure the wick is smack dab in the centre of the candle otherwise it’ll lead to some troublesome burning down the road. If it’s slightly off-course I’ll nudge it back into place with my matchstick or the scissors, if you’re brave use your fingers (I wouldn’t recommend it though).
- Light It With Class – I used to use a standard cigarette lighter but have since moved on to better, longer things. A fireplace or BBQ lighter works well, or if you feel fancy you can use long matchsticks. I get mine at the supermarket and love them to bits, no matter the size of the candle they can get in there and my fingers are always same. Striking a match is also super satisfying.
- Let It Breathe – When you’re burning a candle make sure it has room, that it isn’t covered and the surface it’s on is level. This’ll prevent smoking and the subsequent dieting of your walls/shelving as well as the dreaded tunnelling.
That’s kind of it for me, sometime candles will smoke because I’ve been lazy – like the one on the right. If you take care of your candles they’ll take care of you right back.
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