How to get the best out of your Candle-Mad Candles

Updated: Jun 21, 2021


Candles have a memory - particularly soy candles.

This means that the wax will only melt as far as it did the first time you burned your candle which is why the first burn is so important. Ideally you should burn your candle for at least 2-3 hours or until the melted pool of wax reaches the edge of the tin. A full melt pool also means that you will be getting the best fragrance release which is what we all want.


While the first burn is the most important, you should always try to get a lovely even burn each time, so burn for at least 2 hours and a maximum of 4. This allows the fragrance oils to burn nice and evenly whilst also filling your room with their beautiful scents.


Trimming the wick also gives your candle a brighter, cleaner burn each time. Leaving your wick untrimmed and heavy with leftover carbon leads to a duller light that's more likely to produce smoke, which can also stain your candle tin.

A good guide is to keep your wick trimmed to 5mm after each burn. A dedicated wick trimmer is best as its flat design provides a great surface for the old wick to rest while you are trimming, this stops the specks of dropping into your candle. You could also use nail clippers as they work really well too.


Keeping the surface or wax pool of your favourite handmade candle clean will help to extend its life. The best thing to do is to wait until your candle is cool and using a soft cloth wipe away any dust or soot .from your wick. If you have any wax left over in your tin once the wick has burnt away you can also scoop it out to use in a wax burner.

Rach x

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