Candle Care 101


If there's one thing that will bring me endless joy in my life is candles. I'm obsessed with them! Nothing calms me down after a stressful day then lighting candles throughout my home. It makes a home feel more "homey" and settles you down after a long day. I've been hooked on a Fraser fir scent lately, which is so appropriate for the winter months!

But if there's one thing I've been horrible about is caring for my candles. For years I didn't know that I was improperly burning my candles until recently! Who knows how many pillar candles I've damaged due to tunneling. 

Thankfully, I'm going to teach you how to properly care for your candles so you don't waste one precious drop, or experience, of your candles! 

1. Let it Burn

"Let it burn" by Usher immediately comes to mind, so by all means, let it play as you read this article. When you first get a candle, let it burn. I'm talking 2 hours worth of burn time. This allows the candle to establish a melt pool to prevent tunneling. I'm so bad about only burning candles for an hour at a time that I immediately found this to be the root of my problem. 

Candles actually have a "memory", which is incredible, which is why you'll see it tunnel after a short burn. Tunneling has to be one of the gravest mistakes in candle burning, so don't let it happen to you! 

2. Trim Your Wick! 

I never believed in trimming my wick until recently. Let me tell you, I've made a lot of mistakes in my candle burning! Trimming the wick is incredibly important because it makes the candle burn evenly and keep things safe! No one needs an out of control fire started by a candle! 


3. Repurpose and Reuse 

Many of my favorite jar candles come in beautiful jars that I hate to recycle after they're done! Instead of throwing away a perfectly lovely jar, you can easily repurpose it for other items! Simply freeze it overnight in the freezer and pop out with a knife! It's so easy! 

In order to get rid of the extra wax remaining in the bottom of the jar, I like to hand wash and then run it through a cycle in the dishwasher. I've used my larger jars to keep cotton swaps, makeup brushes, and other odd items in my bathroom. They're simple and hold just about anything! 

It's easy to make sure that your candle burns well! By taking these simple steps, you can enjoy a longer candle life and keep your home smelling amazing! I bought the best tools, here, that have helped me immensely! 

Photography: Abby Murphy

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