Candles can be a lovely addition to any room. I have a confession, I am or now can say was a candle hoarder. Much like when I was little I would collect stickers and never use them. Then when I moved out of home I had a box of stickers that I never used and they went to waste (well I donated them, so not really waste), but moral of the story is I should of used and enjoyed them.
Over the years I have collected candles, never burning them because they look so pretty. However after receiving a few for Christmas I realised I had quite the collection. Over the past few months I have started burning my candles, I especially love having them flicker when watching TV at night. It was one of those moments when I realised how relaxing and peaceful they are that I wish I had just used them all sooner.
I have learnt over this time there are a few tips to burn candles safely and keeping the candle in good condition.
- When burning a candle for the first time it is really important to burn for 1 hour for every inch in diameter, this will melt to the top layer of wax. If you don’t allow the entire top layer to melt the candle will create a memory ring. Once a candle has created a memory ring it will continue to only burn within this ring and not use the wax on the outside.
- Never burn a candle for more than three hours at a time. Always make sure you let the candle cool and trim the wick before you reignite
- Don’t burn candles completely, always leave 2cm at the base
- Always trim the wick to 6mm, this helps to eliminate dripping and smoking
- Another way to reduce dripping is to burn the candle for 1hour for every 2.5cm of its diameter
- To keep smooth candles looking clean and new, use a nylon stocking to gently rub the candle
- Always store your candles in cool, dry places away from direct sunlight to stop them cracking, fading or melting
I really enjoy burning some candles in the evening, it’s a great way to relax and enjoy their gorgeous scents.