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How to prolong a fancy candle’s life
Start with a long burn. When you first light any container candle, allow the wax pool to spread from rim to rim. “Wax has a memory,” and if the first burn is too brief, the pool will follow the established path and tunnel downward, wasting half the candle.
Trim the wick. Burning a long wick dulls the flame and will blacken the container with soot. So trim the wick to ¼ inch before each burn. If the candle is completely cool, this can be done by pinching off the wick’s charred tip with a tissue.
Clean up. Don’t leave any charred match or wick tips in the candle wax. They can change the chemistry of the burning candle, producing soot and interfering with the release of the candle’s fragrances.
Avoid air currents. Don’t place your candle near a drafty window or vent. Any disturbance to the flame’s teardrop shape can also cause uneven burning and soot.
Source: The Washington Post