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Candle Top Tips | The First Burn

Candle Top Tips | The First Burn

We all love burning a brand new candle. From the fresh scent to the beautiful jar, to the calming atmosphere of the flickering flame…

However, did you know there was a ‘correct’ way to burn your candle and that there is such a thing as a ‘first burn’?

Well, let us tell you about it…

With all candles, the first burn is the most important. Your candle should burn for 1 hour for every 1 inch of the diameter of the actual candle size, or until the first and top layer of the wax is fully melted all the way to the jar’s edge.

It can take 3-4 hours for all of the wax to burn to the jar’s edge, but to maximise your candles burn, don’t be tempted to blow your candle out beforehand…

But why does the wax need to burn all the way to the edge?

If the first layer of wax hasn’t been given the time to fully melt, then this will create a ring around the top of the jar… which is also known as the ‘tunnelling’ process. 

You will know if your candle is ‘tunnelling’ as it will burn down the centre, leaving a rim of hard wax around the outside.

If this happens, then your candle will not be utilising all of its wax and therefore it won’t burn for as long as it should… and you may even find that you lose your wick eventually too!

Unfortunately, once a candle has begun to tunnel, then the candle will continue to burn this way until the candle has run out…  which is why it is really important to avoid this and to burn your candle correctly on it’s first burn!

Candle care…

As candle lovers, by giving our candles the correct love and attention, we will make sure they are giving us the longest and cleanest burn possible… so check back next month, for another top tip on how to give your candles some love!