How to Care for your Scented Candles

Apr 9, 2022

Caring for your scented candles can require a little bit of care to ensure they stay looking and smelling great.

We've pulled together a few tips and tricks that will make the world of difference to you wonderful new candles.

The First Burn - Candles Have Memories

Candle wax has a memory, which means your scented candle will actually remember its first burn. 

This is why the first burn is so important. 

The first time you light and burn your scented candle, and every time after that, you should make sure that the pool of wax covers the diameter of the candle.

If you don't let your scented candle burn to the edges, a memory ring will form. 

This means that your candle will remember its first burn and only ever burn up to the last point.

This is how tunnelling is caused.

Scented Candles

Wick Care

Before you light your new scented candle, you should trim the wick to about 5mm. 

This will give you a much cleaner burn and will ensure you get the best out of your candle.

You can cut your wick using sharp scissors or a good quality candle wick trimmer.

Candle Wick Trimmer

Burning Your Candle

Burn Time

It is recommended that you only burn your scented candle for 4 hours at a time. This will ensure you don't damage the candle container.

The 5mm Rule

Once your scented candle has gotten down to 5mm of remaining wax, you should stop using it.

As the flame is so close to the base, you risk the chance of the container getting too hot and also risk damaging the surface that the container is sitting on.

Candle Safety

Candle safety is very important and we recommend that you follow these simple tip when burning your candles.

  • Ensure the wick is kept trimmed to approx 5mm in length. 
  • Place your scented candle in non draughty areas.
  • Keep the wax pool free of any debris like used matches and trimmed wick.
  • Place the scented candle on a heat proof and stable surface when using it
  • Never leave a candle unattended and keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Always make sure your scented candle can be extinguished fully. Is it often useful to use a candle snuffer to ensure the flame has been put out fully.