Candle Burning

The Right Way to Burn a Candle

Most people don't know the right  to burn a candle. Taking care of your candle in with a few small tips and tricks will make sure that you get the most out of what you paid for! Below are a few tips for the next time you buy one of Nova Candles!

Allow The Candle to Burn
Depending on the size of the candle, before you light it, make sure you are going to be home to keep an eye on it for the next few hours. You want to make sure it burns all the way to the edge of the vessel to ensure that your candle doesn’t tunnel and burn straight down.

Watch Your Burn Time
While you want your candle to burn all the out to the edge of the vessel, you also want to keep an eye on burn time. Burning a candle for too long will cause it to overheat or over-liquify which will affect burning in the future.

Trim Your Wick
Once you blow your candle out and your candle cools, you will be left with a little bit of excess wick. Before you light your candle again, make sure to trim the wick to about ¼”. Keeping the wick trimmed helps to control the amount of melted wax the candle has access to, limiting the amount of soot it creates. A trimmed wick also helps the candle burn more evenly, prolonging the life of the candle.

Avoid The Sun
Since all our candles are made with soy wax, they tend to be more sensitive to excess sunlight. The UV radiation from the sun breaks down materials over time and sometimes will lead to discoloration of your candle.
Blowing Out Your Candle
When you blow out a flame, it creates and spreads little black ash particles that get stuck in the wax. To avoid this, you can use a snuffer or a lid to put out your flame. Of course, it is best to let the candle cool completely before touching or moving it as well!

Reuse Your Vessel
We know there is nothing more sad than burning your candle for the last time. We recommend reusing your vessel to plant your favorite flower, succulent or start a little herb garden. Use our glass vessels to organize your makeup or cosmetics that tend to clutter your countertop.
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