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Candle Care and Maintenance: Extending the Life and Glow of Your Candles

Written by Kara Ericson


Posted on October 31 2023

Candles have the unique ability to transform any space with their warm, inviting glow and captivating scents. But to ensure that you get the most out of your candles, it's essential to understand candle care and maintenance. In this blog, we'll dive into the fascinating world of candle longevity and burn time, sharing tips that will not only make your candles last longer but also enhance your overall candle experience.

**Candle Burn Time Basics:**

Understanding the burn time of a candle is essential for getting the most value from your purchase. Burn time refers to the total number of hours a candle can be burned before it's completely consumed. Factors such as the candle's size, type of wax, wick, and fragrance all play a role in determining its burn time.

**1. Choose the Right Candle:**

Selecting a candle with the appropriate size and intended use is the first step in maximizing burn time. Larger candles typically have longer burn times, making them ideal for extended use, while smaller candles are perfect for shorter occasions. For example our Matte Black candle is 400g of candle and has a burn time of 80 hours, and if you find our 2oz 60g candles this will burn for 10-12 hours

**2. Trim the Wick:**

Wick maintenance is crucial for an even and clean burn. Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch (6mm). This helps prevent excessive smoke, soot, and uneven burning.

**3. The First Burn is Important:**

During the first burn, allow the candle to create a full, even pool of melted wax across the entire surface. This sets the "memory" for the candle, ensuring it burns evenly in subsequent uses. Avoid extinguishing the candle until the entire top layer of wax has melted.

**4. Avoid Drafts:**

Candle burn time can be affected by drafts or strong air currents. Place your candle in a draft-free area to prevent uneven burning and prolonged candle life.

**5. Keep the Wax Clean:**

After each use, make sure to trim the wick and remove any debris or matches from the wax pool. This will help maintain a clean and consistent burn.

**6. Store Candles Properly:**

Store your candles in a cool, dark place to prevent color fading and fragrance loss. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause candles to melt or warp.


Candle care and maintenance are essential to make the most of your candles, both in terms of burn time and overall experience. With these tips, you can ensure that each candle you light burns brightly and evenly, creating the perfect ambiance for your home.

Whether you're enjoying a quiet evening, setting the mood for a special occasion, or simply indulging in the comforting glow of candlelight, proper care and maintenance will help you savor every moment. So, light up your candles with confidence, and let their warm, inviting embrace fill your space with magic.