First things first, let's talk about the importance of trimming your candle wick. A long wick will produce a larger flame, which can cause the candle to burn too quickly and unevenly. To avoid this, use a pair of scissors or wick trimmers to trim the wick to about 1/4 inch before lighting your candle. Not only will this ensure an even burn, but it'll also prevent the wick from "mushrooming" and creating excess soot.
Next, let's talk about the burn time. It's tempting to light your candle for hours on end, but doing so can actually decrease its overall lifespan. Instead, try to limit each burn session to 3-4 hours at a time. This will allow the candle to melt evenly and prevent the wax from tunneling down the center of the jar.
Speaking of wax, make sure to keep an eye on the wax pool as your candle burns. Ideally, you want the wax to melt evenly and reach all the way to the edges of the jar. If you notice the wax tunneling, use a butter knife or spoon to gently push the wax towards the outer edges. This will help ensure an even burn and prevent wasted wax.
Lastly, be mindful of where you place your candle. Avoid placing it in drafty areas, as this can cause the flame to flicker and burn unevenly. Also, make sure to keep it away from anything flammable, such as curtains or paper. And of course, never leave a burning candle unattended!
When it's time to extinguish, we love using our wick dipper to dunk the wick into the melt pool for a smoke-less finish. The wax pool will quench the flame, and leave all the sweet smelling scents lingering without the smokey finish. Pro tip: trim your wick just after extinguishing, and you're all set for the re-light.
We hope this love letter gives you joy and hope as you light your next Embri Candle Co. candle. From our loving hands to your home, Cheers!