3 Tips on How to Burn the Perfect Candle

At Marie Maurice Candle Company, we are dedicated to providing a beautiful smelling, clean burning product to our clients. Most customers burn their candles for 30 minutes to an hour and I'm here to tell you that you are doing it all wrong!

Here are a few helpful tips that will give you the sweet-smelling burn that you desire.

  1. Trim your wicks!

I know you hear this repeated over and over again but each time you want to burn your candle, start by trimming the wick to between 1/8 and 1/4 inches long. You can use scissors, nail clippers (that's my personal favorite), or a specialized wick trimmer, but no matter what you do, always trim.

Why? First, trimmed wicks will give you a cleaner, brighter burn. Untrimmed wicks are a lot more likely to take on a weird mushroom-esque shape (see below) that dulls and obscures the flame. And second, excessively long wicks are a top cause of those nasty smoky stains that end up on your glass jar candles. Trimming the wick keeps the flame in control and prevents those marks from forming in the first place.

  1. Let the wax melt all the way across!

Once your candle's lit, don't blow it out until the top layer of wax has melted all the way across. This might take several hours — remember never to leave your candle unattended.

Whenever you fail to achieve full melt, you're contributing to a process called tunneling. The wick starts to sink lower and lower, like a tunnel is forming right through the center of the candle and you're left to dig it out. NO BUENO!

  1. Keep the flame away from moving air!

Do your best to keep your burning candle away from fans, air conditioners, open windows, or heavily trafficked areas where people walk back and forth a lot. Moving air can disturb the flame, leading to even more unsightly black marks on the glass.

Believe me, following the above tips will allow you to get the most bang for your buck! Now go forth and burn on my friends.