Candle Care | How to get the most out of your candle (and make it lasts longer!)
How many times did you buy a fantastically good looking candle, beautifully scented, exactly what you were looking for, but you soon realised that it tunnels and it doesn't burn evenly on the whole surface?
Fear no more! I have the solution for you!
Tunnelling happens when a candle burns down the centre, leaving a ring of thick wax around the rim of your candle. This happens for several reasons, one of them could be that the wick the candle maker used isn't large enough for the size of the candle, but very often it is caused by the timing of the first burn.
The first time you light your candle, leave it on for 3 or 4 hours (this guideline is for a medium/large size candle. For votive candle you only need 1 hour or less).
The longer you leave your candle to burn, the better it is as the wax has time to completely melt on the surface.
Another trick is to trim the wick every time (from the second time onward) before lighting it. This helps to avoid smoking and damage to the container and it will make your candle burn cleaner avoiding the wick to mushroom and leave black tiny pieces in the wax.
You can use simple scissors or a wick trimmer. I personally bought myself a fancy trimmer set which make the whole experience even more complete and special.
I hope this little tricks can help you avoiding unpleasant experiences with your candles and it will not happen ever again to waste inches of wax around the container!