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How do you properly burn candles ?

Updated: May 13, 2018

When you purchase candles you should be aware of the type of wax used to make the candle. Candle waxes are not the same. The three main types are: paraffin which is petroleum based essentially a "fuel". Soy is from soy beans some have a with additive. Lastly, parasoy which is a blend of the two. Each has a suggested max on fragrance load meaning the percentage of fragrance you can add. Typically paraffin wax can hold more fragrance. Soy wax maximum percentage is around 10-12 Percent.

As a consumer try to educate yourself regarding the nature of the product choice. I will talk about comparisons in another article in more detail.

So believe it are not there is a right way and a wrong way when burning candles and wax melts (tarts). Let's start with the right way first. So for starters you must trim the wick if it's more than 1/4 inch long. Some candle makers like to leave the wick long and allow the client to trim the wick however it does matter. You have to trim the wick are you will have large flame and the wax won't melt properly. the wick needs to be close to the wax and sized properly in order for heat to build and start melting the wax. Then it must reach a full burn pool the first lighting a " full burn pool "means the entire top of the candle melts thus creating a full or complete "burn pool" . One exception is that the candle wick is to small( diameter) and cannot create enough heat on the surface of the wax to reach a nice scent throw. So if your candle has been burning for hours and does not melt on the top completely chances are the wick is to small .

My suggestion is wait to light your candle when you can commit to staying around for 1 1/2 - 2 hours if not chances are you can't smell the scent you paid for. Don't waste your money. There are ways to fix the problem. I won't cover that particular issue this time around.

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