3 Main Burning Candle Care Pro Tips

Updated: May 15

Has it ever happened to you that you have bought an expensive candle and after a few burn times the candle isn’t burning properly and you have wasted almost half of the wax?

Candle burning for 10-15 minutes

Burning candles isn’t just lighting the candles and diffusing the candles. There is more to it than that.

Almost there in 1 hour burn time

Read this blog and you will get the best out of your candles with just a few simple tips & tricks.

So let’s start with our steps:

Candle Care Pro Tip #1: Lighting the wick

Do use a lighter

Always light the candle with a lighter. Matches can be handy but using a proper lighter will help you in the long run and getting the most out of the candle without wasting much.

Don’t use a matchstick

Do not light your candle with another candle. The wax of the candle you are lighting will drip into your candle and may not work properly. Also, it might not be safe to do so. Burning a candle with a match stick for the first time is ok but not when the wax has midway through the jar. It may lead to matchstick debris leftover in the wax and your candle won’t look pretty anymore.

Candle Care Pro Tip #2: Checking the melt pool

Melt Pool in 2 hours

Do burn your candle for a minimum of 2 hours.

This is to allow the top layer of wax to fully melt, ensuring even burning every time you light it. Wax has a memory so it is important to let it burn properly and reach a full melt pool at each and every burn to avoid getting a tunnel down the center. Reaching a full melt pool is basically letting the wax burn evenly till the edges (check the images above). Depending on the size of your candle the time for the wax to melt till the circumference will differ. Surprise Elements candles usually take 2-3 hours of burn time to reach an even melt pool.

Don’t diffuse the candle within a few minutes

Do not blow out your candle if the wax isn’t melted till the circumference of the container. If you light the candle and diffuse it in a few minutes or so then your candle will start to form a tunnel down the center (check the image below). This makes it difficult for you to light the candle the next time and you will get less burn time overall.

Candle Tunnel down the center

Candle Care Pro Tip #3:

Trimming the wick before every burn

Trim the wick at every burn

Do trim your wick regularly

Trimming the wick is very important. The longer the wick the quicker your candle will burn, so trimming it will make it last longer. After the first burn, always trim your wick to 3mm or 0.3cm before lighting it again. It will help you get the best burn time out of your candle. Also, it is not safe to keep the wick long, the flame might spread on the top layer of the wax.

Don’t let the wick go off-center

Trim the wick and leave the trim wick residue in the container. If you don’t trim the wick then it may lead to the occurrence of black smoke and overheat the glass container. To prevent soot stains from forming on the glass make sure you re-center the wick after putting your candle out when the wax is still liquid. This will prevent the wick from shifting and blackening the glass.

Apart from the main steps mentioned above do take care of the following steps to get the best out of your expensive candle: