Candle Care Tips by Zen Homemade Candle

Hi Everyone, Alicia from Zen Homemade Candle here. I am an avid candle marker that loves candles and truly enjoys making my own. If you are like me, who likes to savor my candles like a good bottle of wine, you will appreciate the following tips on how to get the best use from your scented candle. 

You are probably thinking? Why would anyone need instructions on how to care for a candle? Isn't it just simple strike a match, light the candle, leave it to burn for the aroma to fill up the room and put out the flame when you are done.

Hmmm... It's not as intuitive as one may think. 

Candles are an investment for you, your home or even a special gift for someone you care about. I am sure that you will agree that the last thing you want is for your candle not to burn correctly and feel like you have wasted your time and money. I’ve learned proper candle care is essential to the longevity of every candle. Regardless if it’s store-bought or a homemade candle. And such, I am so excited to share a few tips to help your candle last longer. 

1.  Always trim your wick. 

Trimming your wick will undoubtedly extend the life of your candle. Make sure to trim your candle wick to around 1/4 inch for the first burn and every time before use. 

An untrimmed wick will cause your candle to burn hotter and at a faster rate making the wax get used up quicker. If your candle wick is too long, it is most likely to smoke, flicker and move or bend as it burns. 

You can trim your candle wick with a nail clip, scissors or a wick trimmer it only takes a second. 

2. Light your candle

As simple as it might seem. This is one of the most important steps in candle care. Wax has memory and in order for it to burn correctly you have to tell it how to burn.

For your very first burn, you need to wait until the wax melts across the entire top and to the edge of the container (this is called melt pool) rather than just melting the candle down the middle.

 So the next time you light your candle, it will remember to do this every single time you burn it.

 It is recommended that you burn your candle for at least 2-3 hours on the first light. 


This will cause the scent throw to be reduced, and the candle wick to mushroom due to the excessive carbon buildup.

When a wick mushrooms, it becomes unstable, and the flame will grow very high and the wax will become too hot and could risk exploding the container.

3. Always keep your candle safe.

You want to ensure that your home remains safe while burning your candle. Keep in mind that candles should be lit in an open space and not near an open window, fans or draughts. 

Never burn your candle on an uneven surface. The candle could knock over at any time and start a fire. If you have a pet or little one in the house, place candle on a surface that is out of reach.

Always out flame after use by using a spoon or a candle snuffer. Never blow on candle to out flame this will cause ash particles to fall in the wax. 

4. Don't move until the wax solidifies.

Now that you have filled your room with your favorite scented candle it's time to let it cool and solidify. Do not move the candle while there is liquid wax. When your candle has solidified, put the lid on it to keep dust particles from settling on top of the wax.

This will help to keep the scent strong instead of slowly diffusing into the air over time. Always store your candle in a cool, dry area and away from heat and sunlight. 

5. When to stop burning your candle.

It’s time to replace your favorite candle when it burns down to less than ½ an inch, extinguish it and do not use it again.

If you continue to burn your candle until no wax is left, heat from the direct flame could burn against the metal wick tab or the bottom of the container. You could end up cracking the container and damaging anything near the candle. 

6. Finally, reuse your jar.

Now, that your favorite candle has burned all the way down. Instead of storing your jar at the back of the cupboard, you can give it a second life by repurposing it for at home DIY projects or just storing everyday items in it. 

To remove the wax, boil enough water to fill the candle jar, pour into the container leaving an inch of space at the top. The water will melt the wax causing it to float to the surface. Let it cool completely before removing the wax, wipe out the remaining wax with a paper towel.

Never pour candle wax down the drain, this will cause the pipes to be clogged. Once all the wax is removed, wash with hot soapy water and towel dry. 

Waaaalaaa…. Now you have a nice container for your projects. 

If you follow these candle care tips from Zen Homemade Candle on a regular basis I guarantee you will enjoy the maximum amount of burn time, scent throw and ambiance out of your candles.

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