Are there things to keep in mind when using scented candles for the first time? For many fragrance enthusiasts, lighting a scented candle is different from using essential oils or other forms of diffusers. So, what are the essential considerations for using scented candles? This article provides a comprehensive guide to address common issues when using scented candles, helping first-time users maximize the fragrance and effectiveness of their newly purchased candles!
The Most Important Thing about Using Scented Candles: The First Burn
For beginners using scented candles, the most critical thing to note is the duration of the first burn. In fact, the first burn is crucial for scented candles. Brand new scented candles need to be burned until the entire surface of the wax is evenly heated and has melted into a liquid state before extinguishing. This process typically takes approximately two to three hours. If the burn time is too short, the flame will only melt the wax near the wick, resulting in a "tunneling candle."
(Read More: 3-Minute Guide to Rescuing Tunneling Candles)
Before Using Scented Candles: Wick Length
The length of the wick affects the burn time and flame size of the candle. A wick that is too long will cause a too vigorous flame, accelerating the burn rate and causing uneven heating of the candle's surface, resulting in a "memory tunnel" in the middle. Conversely, a wick that is too short will make it difficult to light the candle, and a weak flame may lead to incomplete burning. Therefore, it is recommended to check the wick length before each use of scented candles, keeping it at approximately 0.4 to 0.5 cm for optimal performance.
(For further reading: 1-Minute Guide on How to Properly Trim Candle Wicks)
Do Not Blow Out Scented Candles After Use!
Optimal Usage Time for Scented Candles
Adjust the Placement of Scented Candles According to the Environment
What Else to Consider When Using and Storing Scented Candles?
In Taiwan's humid climate, it's essential to store candles in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight and high temperatures. Once opened, scented candles should ideally be used within six months. Unopened scented candles can be stored for one to three years.
Keep it clean
However, candles stored for over a year may accumulate dust. If there's only a small amount of dust, consider using a dry cloth to wipe it off. If there's a significant amount of dust, you can use alcohol-soaked cotton pads or even tape, gently removing the dust as if you were removing pet hair.
💡 After reading the above tips for using scented candles, you won't have to worry about ruining your beloved candles anymore! If you've followed the guidelines for using candles correctly but still experience issues such as rapid burning or black smoke, it's likely due to unstable candle quality. Aerix and Eye Candle carefully craft scented candles with a unique wax blend, ensuring stable burning with minimal smoke production. They are non-toxic and safe, making them the best choice for newcomers to the world of scented candles!