10 Candle Care Tips You Need To Know Now

Buying candles is almost like starting a relationship. Many people often have this common mindset that they they can just leave the candle alone to burn by itself without needing to do anything about it. That is unfortunately not true. Proper care for your candles will ensure that you and your candles go a looooong way.

Here are 10 useful candle care tips you should always follow to maximise your candle enjoyment.

1. Trim Your Wick

Use a wick trimmer to trim your wick.

We cannot emphasise this enough. Trim, trim, trim. Trim the wick to 3mm before each burn to minimise black soot and prevent unwanted smoke when burning your candle. You want the flame to be focused on melting the wax to release your favourite fragrance, and not on burning the excess wick to create smoke and soot. So always remember: trim your wick!

If you don’t know how to trim your wick, read this guide.

2. Let The Wax Pool

Be patient and only extinguish your flame when there is a wax pool during your first burn.

Always, always create a wax pool during your first burn. This is to prevent the creation of a memory ring which leads to tunneling, which causes wax wastage at the sides of the candle. You do not want that! So, always remember to be patient during the first burn, and make sure you have a beautiful wax pool before you extinguish the candle flame. Typically, it takes about 2-4 hours for a Large 2-Wick Tumbler Candle and a Large Jar Candle from Yankee Candle; and 1-2 hours for a Small Jar Candle and a Small Tumbler Candle from Yankee Candle.


3. Stop Dancing Flames

Use an illuma-lid to prevent the flame from dancing.

Dancing flames produce unnecessary soot and smoke, and can be a result of a long wick, or drafts from the air-con, or wind. To stop your flame from dancing, always remember to trim your wick and use an illuma-lid or a jar candle shade to steady the flame.

If you notice your flame doing some hip-hop or chacha, do this 5 simple steps:

  1. Extinguish it.
  2. Let the candle cool down for a while.
  3. Trim the wick to 3mm.
  4. Check for any air drafts, and
  5. Relight the candle again!

This will allow you to enjoy your candle longer, and you do not have to suffer from black soot and smoke!


4. Burn It Safe

Always light your candle on a heat-resistant surface. Use a candle tray if unsure.

This is extremely important if you do not want to burn your house down. Use your candle on a heat-resistant surface. NEVER leave a burning candle unattended. Keep it away from pets and children. Do not burn near any flammable objects or items that can catch fire easily. Keep the wax pool clear of debris, trimming, and matches at all times. Burn it in a well-ventilated room.


5. Know When To Say Goodbye

Stop burning the candle when it only has 1cm of wax left.

Leave a margin for safety – don’t burn the candle all the way down. When the wax is left with approximately 1cm, it is time to let your candle go. We know that this can be a very difficult decision, but please do it for safety.


6. Choose The Right Size Candle

Use a Large Jar Candle for a bigger room. Find out more about Lake Sunset here.

If you want to scent up your living rooms or bedrooms, choose a Large Jar Candle or Large Tumbler 2-Wick Candle as they create a bigger wax pool to allow more fragrance to be released into the space. Likewise, for bedrooms, depending on the size, you may want to consider getting a Small Jar Candle or Small Tumbler Candle. Bear in mind too that different fragrances have different scent intensity so always be sure to check with the retail staff to prevent disappointment when expectations are not met.


7. Store Your Candles Away From Sunlight

Keep the candles away from direct sunlight when you are not using them.

Keep your candles in a cool place away from direct sunlight when you are not using them. Sunlight can cause your candles to decolourise, and if warm enough, releases the scent of the candles. So store them the right way, and you can maximise the lifespan and fragrance of your candles!


8. Rotate Between Your Favourite Fragrances

Rotate between your favourite fragrances so that you will not get desensitize to the smell.

Are you having trouble smelling your favorite candle? Just like with other scents you may temporarily lose the ability to smell a candle through repeated exposure. Think of your own perfume or shampoo that you don’t smell but others can detect on you. The solution is to give your favorite a break and try another fragrance for a while. Then return to your favorite candle and it will just be like old times! 😉


9. Smell Coffee Beans

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When you are in the store trying on many different types of fragrances, it is a common occurrence to experience sensory overload or sometimes even headaches. Request to smell coffee beans to rejuvenate your nose and brain. It has been proven by experts and master perfumers that smelling coffee beans will neutralize your sense of smell allowing you to fully enjoy the next fragrance.


10. Never Use A Knife Or Sharp Object To Remove Wax Drippings

To remove wax drippings, if any, on the outside of the glass container, run it over hot water or place it in the fridge. Do not use a knife to scrape it off.

If you have wax drippings on your glass jars, tumblers, or votive holders, wash them out by running hot water over them, or place the glass container in the freezer for an hour. The wax will shrink and pop out when you remove it from the freezer. Do not use a knife or sharp object to scrap out the wax dripping as this might scratch or weaken the glass which might cause it to crack and break upon subsequent use. Very dangerous.

Do you have any other candle care tips which are not mentioned in the above list? Leave a comment and share it with us! We would love to know!

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Read more: How to Maximise the Lifespan and Fragrance of Your Candles.




4 Comments Add yours

  1. I never knew that people actually trimmed their wick on a candle. I’ve been want to buy a candle because they always smell so good. I’m hoping to find a Hawaiian scented candle.

    1. Joann Li says:

      Hello Audrey,

      It is important to trim the wick of a candle so that you will get a nice clean burn and maximise the life of your candle! 🙂 For Hawaiian scented candle, you can consider trying the Pineapple series from Yankee Candle: Pineapple Cilantro or Pineapple Breeze or Bahama Breeze.

      Check out our post on the top 10 Yankee Candle fragrances in 2016 too.

  2. It is smart to rotate candles! That way, you don’t end up getting sick of a particular scent. I would hate to get sick of my favorite candle, so it would be a good idea to go get a few more.

  3. Sarah Smith says:

    I want to decorate my house and want to put in some candles. Thanks for the advice about how you shouldn’t put your candles in sunlight as it could decolorize them and release their scent. Another thing to consider is to get candles that can go in candle holders so that they make some cool decor.

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