8 Tips to Make Your 1767 Candles Last Longer

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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Keep your candle away from open windows, air vents or other drafts, as this can cause it to smoke or burn too quickly. 
  5. 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.
  6. Store your candle in a cool, dry space with the lid on to prevent it from collecting dust inside. 
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 

The Beginnings of 1767 Home

Candle samples slowly drying in the morning light.

While handmade wood creations will always be our bread and butter, we’ve been thinking a lot lately about what the next step is for 1767.

We’ve always envisioned a complete line of items that are made with care, by hand, to add something special to your home. Our coffee tables create a place for gathering, drinking, playing; our wall art brings something unique to even the most cookie cutter rooms. With our next collection, we hope to tie those things together in an even cozier, more complete way.

1767 Home will consist of complementary items to fit right in with both our wooden creations and with your lifestyle. The collection will start with a small batch of hand-poured candles made right where 1767 first began: in our own home. We’ve spent months sniffing out the perfect scents, inviting friends over to lend us their noses and tinkering with combinations of notes that bounce between warm and fresh, citrus and woodsy.

What we discovered along the way is a selection of candle scents made especially for displaying on 1767 tables. Notes of coffee, sweet orange, cedar and clove bring to life what we consider the scent of home, the smell of all of our favorite things.

Want to catch a whiff of 1767 Home? Keep an eye out for our Spring 2016 release coming this April, and don’t forget to keep up with us on Instagram.