There's something amazing about having a brand new candle in your hands. The pristine look of the wax, the fragrant and soothing scents, and the aesthetic look of the jars... It's kind of like a form of self-care. Once it's lit and flickering, you know it's going to provide a relaxing and ambient environment. You probably want it to last forever!
The wax in a candle is eventually going to run out - it's the fuel that allows the candle wick to continue to burn. But there are definitely right and wrong ways to burn your candle, and it starts off with the very first burn.
We've formulated our Jackpot Candles with 100% soy wax for a long-lasting and fragrant burn... Up to 80 hours if you're diligent with taking care of your candle. Our plant-based wax formula is designed to burn evenly and smoothly, but you can still take some proactive steps to help it last even longer.
Disclaimer: We only recommend burning your candle down until there is about 1/2" of wax left. If you want to make use of the rest of your candle wax, check out the tips in this blog.
The First Burn is Important
Believe it or not, candle wax has a "memory." The first time the candle is burnt is very important to the life of the candle - it will set the radius of the melt for the entirety of the candle's life.
The first time you light your candle, make sure to burn it so that the entire top layer of wax is heated to a liquid state. Creating this top layer of melted wax will ensure that the candle will always burn all the way to the edge of the jar.
How long should you burn your candle for? A general rule of thumb for your first burn is to light the candle for one hour per inch of the candle's total diameter. For example, Jackpot Candles are 3.5" wide, so plan to light it for three (3) to four (4) hours total.
Don't Let Your Candle Tunnel
What happens if you don't burn your candle properly the first time around? You'll form a hard ring of wax around the outside of the jar and your candle will begin to "tunnel."
Is your candle a victim of tunneling? Don't fret - you can still save it! Here are a few quick tips:
1.) Use a tin foil tent - Make a little cone of tin foil and wrap it around the top of your candle. Make sure there is a hole directly above the candle wick, allowing the heat and soot to escape. Light your candle with its cute tin foil hat and let it burn for about thirty minutes. Check on it after the first half an hour - you should have a liquid top!
2.) Hairdryer method - This might be a better method for a subtly tunneled candle, but try using hairdryer on the low setting to liquefy the un-melted circle of wax.
3.) Carve some wax out - Be careful during this method! You can also attempt to carve a bit of wax off of the candle's tunnel. This can potentially level out the candle, or make good fodder for a wax melter.
For more information on how to fix and prevent candle tunneling, we've written a whole blog about it! Check it out here.
Trim the Wick when Necessary
Trimming the wick is an important part of candle maintenance. Whether its a wooden wick or an organic cotton wick, keeping it trimmed can help maintain a steady, even flame (and thus a controlled melt) throughout the lifespan of the candle. Crooked wicks or wicks that are too-long can result in an asymmetrical burn, an uneven melt, or even a wildly flickering flame - all of which can contribute to an unsuccessful candle burn.
Wooden wicks - this might seem strange, but keep your wooden wick trimmed. Before your first burn, trim the wooden wick to about 1/8". This is a good length for most burns - if your wooden wick is longer than that, it will not absorb enough wax for a proper burn. If you're having trouble with your wooden wick... Try wiping it off gently or trimming it down. Most problems with lighting these candles can be solved that simply.
Cotton wicks - With cotton wicks, it's also important to keep the wicks trimmed up to a proper length. If your cotton wick is too long, bent, or otherwise cockeyed, you might end up with an uneven candle. Like wooden wicks, try to keep your cotton wick trimmed to about 1/8".
Get the Most out of your Candles
Most importantly, the quality of your candles will contribute most to a long-lasting and fragrant burn. With Jackpot Candles, our formula was crafted from natural, 100% soy wax for a clean, non-toxic burn. We think you'll find our blend extremely fragrant and enjoyable.
Do you have a candle that is suffering from a bad case of tunneling? Learn more about how to fix and prevent candle tunnels here.
Wondering what to do with the remaining wax in your candle jar? Check out our tips for removing all of the wax from a candle jar here.
Each one of our Jackpot Candles comes with an amazing jewelry surprise... A foil-wrapped ring to enjoy after you fill your room with amazing and relaxing aromatherapy scents.