How To Make Your Candles Last Longer

If you're a candle lover, you'll know the pain of burning through your favorite scents in what seems like no time at all. And no matter the size or price point, the less you burn your candles, the quicker they seem to disappear. Well, as it turns out, there's a reason for this. In fact, there are multiple things you don't know you're doing that may be causing your candle to evaporate.

Firstly, when you first buy or receive a new candle, you need to set it up for success. "You should always burn your candle for a couple of hours when first lighting it," Julie Bonin at Diptyque told Harper's Bazaar. "This is to allow the top layer of wax to fully melt, ensuring even burning when next lighting it. Wax has a memory so it is important not to skip this step to make sure you get the most even burning out of your candle."

Candle wicks should be trimmed regularly

Secondly, you need to be strategic about where you place it. "In the heat, candles will start to sweat," Megan Piorek, owner and candlemaker at Candle Threads told Martha Stweart. "Keep candles dry and in normal room temperature." You should also keep it away from any drafts or open windows. "Avoid placing your candle in a draughty area, as this means your candle will be consumed more rapidly," advises Bonin.

Lastly, if you want your candles to last longer, you should trim your candle wicks after every use. "Trimming the wick is very important," said Bonin. "The longer the wick the quicker your candle will burn, so trimming it will make it last longer. It also prevents black smoke from occurring and ensures the glass isn't over-heating," she added. The best thing to do when trimming is to aim for the same length that it was when you first brought it.