Have you ever brought home that perfect candle and you initially lit it for only a short period of time, because you wanted to save it for special occasions? If so, you probably ended up with a candle that never burned quite right. It most likely didn't burn to the edges of the container and the scent was never that strong. Bummer, right?!
There's a few things that you should do to ensure that you get the best burn from your candles.
Every. Single. Time. Trim the wick to 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch. This will prevent the wicks from mushrooming and leaving that gross black burn mark on your containers. A nail trimmer works great for getting a clean cut.
Also, let the wax burn all the way across the container, especially during the first burn. This requires patience, as well as keeping your significant other or the littles from blowing out the candle before it's burned all the way across. I have to constantly tell my husband to leave the burning candles alone since he's afraid I'm going to burn the house down.
So if you're going to burn your candle, expect to keep it burning for 2-4 hours, depending on the size of the candle. This will ensure that the surface of the candle stays flat and the sides of the container are clean.
Multi-wick candles are great for a higher burn rate and ensuring a complete melt pool across the surface of the container. The scent throw will typically be stronger as well.
Lastly, keep your candles away from moving air, which can also create the black burn marks on the container.
Now that you know, enjoy those candles!