As beautiful home decor pieces or as sophisticated ambience-setters, scented candles seem to be an interior design staple that is here to stay.
It is understandably so — they seem to make every space much brighter (granted, not all too literally) and create an enigmatic atmosphere that will only lift up your mood. Make the most out of your scented candles and follow this simple guide: they will burn, smell, and even look better, but most importantly — last much longer.
Before lighting, always cut the wick
Just doing a little trim and making sure the wick is about 3mm before burning ensures a lot of things — so that the candle’s wax will be evenly burned throughout the entire time and that they will be no potholes which will ruin the whole scented candle-experience.
Avoid memory rings
Did you realise the deep rings around your scented candle wick? Or when it’s burning, the melted wax seems to just pool around that ring and the edges around the candle will not melt? That’s a memory ring. To prevent that, simply burn your candle for at least four hours, especially for the first time. At least four hours of burning time will liquify the entire surface of the candle, so a memory ring will not form. Otherwise, it will just keep burning around that small circle forming a tunnel down, then the rest of your scented candle residue around will go to waste.
Don’t let the fire get too big
Trimming the wick is crucial. If the wick is too long, the fire gets too big, burning the jar and turning it black in the process. That’s not something you want on a nicely designed pot.
Is there such a thing as overburning?
Yes, there is. Scented candles should only be burnt for four hours. If left any longer or if you intend to leave it overnight while you sleep (which sounds like a good idea, but it’s not), the scent will change without you realising and it may cause a fire. If you want your scented candle to burn longer than four hours, give it a 2-hour break then light it up again.
Use a snuffer
Blowing out a candle may be the most fun part out of the entire experience but if done wrong, the scent is immediately replaced with soot, a strong, burnt smoky scent that is definitely not pleasing. Bring it close to an open window or balcony when you want to blow it out, so that the smoky scent doesn’t engulf your nicely scented space. Better yet, use a snuffer.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.