You've probably been burning candles wrong your whole life

18 January 2018, 16:19

Holding Candle

Every now and then, there's a perfect time to crack out a candle (and not just because you've had a power cut).

Whether you're making the ultimate soothing bath, or just wanted some mood lighting, candles - scented or otherwise - are the old-school addition to a properly chilled night in.

But it turns out that all this time you've probably been burning candles wrong, and you're not getting the maximum burn time or fragrance out of them.

The Yankee Candle website has helpfully explained to all us candle novices that you're supposed to cut your wick to about half an inch before you use it, and every time you relight it after that.

"Keeping their wicks trimmed properly will help your candles burn fully and last longer", the advice says. "Specifically, your candle's wick should be trimmed after every 4 hours of burn time. [This will give you a] clean, even flame for a longer lasting candle and maximum fragrance."

Well I never.

Alia Raza, co-founder of fragrance brand Régime des Fleurs has also explained to Vogue that the trick to keeping your candles burning longer is to burn it for a decent amount of time during first use.

"In general, when you burn a candle, and especially the first time you burn it, you want to burn it for about two hours or more, depending on the size of the candle. That means the whole surface will burn evenly so it won’t create those dips."

This means that you end up melting the entire layer of wax, rather than creating that strange pool in the middle of your candle.

Right, where's that novelty candle we got for Christmas?