When we first started experimenting our line of 1767 candles earlier this year, we were total candle newbies. After a ton of trial and error (both scent-wise and ingredient-wise), however, we finally settled on what we think are the perfect candles for burning in your home, your office, your Winnebago — wherever.
One of the biggest concerns we've encountered from candle-buyers is the lifespan of the candle. If you're like us and you love to leave one burning pretty much all day long, you'll want to know how to get the most bang for your buck, so to speak. It may come as a surprise to the casual candle connoisseur, but there's actually a right way to burn a candle (and on the flip side, there's also a wrong way).
Here are 8 tips for making the most of your 1767 candles:
- The first time you burn the candle, make sure to let it burn all the way to the edges to prevent the wax from pooling in the center. This first burn is very important, because it sets the stage for each burn afterward.
- Trim the wick to 1/4-inch each time you burn the candle. We try to trim ours to that length when we send the candles out, but once you start to burn it, it sort of has a mind of its own.
- If you've ever had a candle that smokes or turns the edges of the jar black, you know it can be pretty unpleasant. Keep the smoke under control by blowing the flame out when it starts to flicker rapidly and by trimming the wick to 1/4 inch.
- Keep your candle away from open windows, air vents or other drafts, as this can cause it to smoke or burn too quickly.
- Instead of blowing your candle out, snuff it out using tweezers (or your wet fingers, if you're feeling brave). This helps to keep the wick upright and prevents the wax from spraying.
- Store your candle in a cool, dry space with the lid on to prevent it from collecting dust inside.
- As a general rule, how long you burn your candle is directly correlated to how large the candle is. Measure the size (in inches) from the wick to the jar, and that's how many hours it's safe to burn.
- Some people swear by storing their candles in the freezer. The reasoning? The frozen wax takes longer to melt, which extends the lifespan of your candle.