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How to use a candle optimally?

Vicki Menard Written by Vicki Menard on September 14, 2017
How to use a candle optimally?

A few simple precautions will ensure the safe use of your candles and provide lasting enjoyment of the wonderful ambiance they create.


  • Heat and light can fade, soften, and distort your candles. 
  • Always store them in a cool, dark, and dry place.


  • To keep candles from smoking, trim wicks to 3/8 inch (10 mm) before each use. 
  • To keep from dripping, lighted candles should be kept away from drafts. A vacillating flame indicates that a candle is not burning properly due to a strong draft or wind.
  • When grouping candles together, make sure to leave sufficient space between them so they don’t melt or discolour one another.
  • To prevent a “tunnel” from forming in the middle of a pillar candle, let candle burn at least 1 hour for each inch of candle diameter. This will allow the pool of melted wax to reach the top edge of the candle and will increase its burn time. 
  • Using adhesive wax drops and candle shapers is essential to ensure that your candles fit candle holders properly and securely, and to keep them straight and stable. To bring back a shine to your coloured candles, rub them with a soft cloth or nylon stocking. 


  • Never leave a lighted candle unattended.
  • Keep all candles out of the reach of children and pets. 
  • Always burn candles in a proper heat-resistant container or holder, and place them on a heat-resistant surface. Keep candles away from flammable materials, objects, or surfaces. 
  • Remove all packing materials from candles before lighting. 
  • Use a candle snuffer to safely extinguish candles and before trimming wick.