First Burn

Candle Care 101

Candle Care 101: The First Burn


Today I'm going to talk about a very important subject! Candle care! 

That's right! 

Candle Care 101 is being kicked off right now! On the very important topic of the first burn.

Now, I have seen my candles, and my own mother's candles do something absolutely horrible! Really! This horrible thing is... tunneling.  This usually happens when the  candle is blown out before the wax can pool side to side in the jar or tin. When you burn a candle for the first time you are setting the stage for the rest of the life of that candle. 

When you extinguish the candle too early the wax memory remembers how wide it was able to pool, and from then on will only pool within that area. Which is a waste of your money if you ask me! You want to use all of the wax, not just half of it right? 


So this is why the first burn is so important! Always make sure to have time to let the candle burn for a few hours the first time, depending on the size of the candle. For Talking Candles small jars (4 oz), it takes roughly an hour for a full pool to begin.

There are reasons beyond not burning your candle long enough that results in a less than successful first side to side pool. The biggest culprit in this is not using an appropriate sized wick. Using a wick too small, or not enough wicks will also pose a problem. I have noticed this in a few store bought candles my stepmother has given me. When this is the cause, there's not much you can do. 

Though, if you do your best to make the most of your first burn in all candles, you'll never waste wax again!

Come back for Candle Care 102: Wood Wick Care!

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