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The complete guide to taking care of your scented candles

Scented candles are not just something you light up and blow out when you’re done. When you pay a hefty price tag just for a scented candle, it deserves some proper attention and utmost care.

They seem to make every space much brighter (not 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 it, 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.

A scented candle will tickle your olfactory senses and make your room twice as cosy.

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 it?

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.

A candle snuffer ensures that there will be no soot after blowing it out.

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.


The complete guide to taking care of your scented candles

Jolin Lee


Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.

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