Candle Care 101: Tips and Tricks for Long-Lasting Aromas

Welcome to a world where your scented candles not only set a serene mood but also last longer, making every moment count. Let’s delve into the art of candle care!

Understanding Your Scented Candle

First things first, let’s answer a burning question: “How long does a scented candle last?” Generally, most candles maintain their best quality for around 12-16 months after purchase.

Or some may ask “How long does it take for a candle to burn down?” The quick answer according to Chemistryreviews.org is:

  • Smaller candles with smaller wicks will burn at a rate of 7 to 9 hours per 28 g of wax used.
  • Larger candles with larger wicks consume wax at a faster rate. The larger wicks can be expected to yield 5 to 7 hours per 28 g of wax used.

Factors like temperature, light exposure, and proper storage play a significant role in preserving their burn, fragrance, and color​.

Maximizing Candle Longevity

  1. Get the First Burn Right: The first burn of a new candle is crucial. Ensure you let the candle’s surface melt completely to avoid tunneling. Ideally, burn it for 1-3 hours​​.
  2. Regular Burns: Aim for a burn time of 3-4 hours. This duration allows fragrances to release effectively and prevents overheating, which can damage fragrance oils and cause soot​​.
  3. Avoid Drafts: Keep your candle away from drafts. A flickering flame due to wind can cause the candle to burn quickly and unevenly​​.
  4. Proper Extinguishing: Use a candle snuffer instead of blowing out candles. This prevents soot and wax from dispersing into the air​​.
  5. Wick Care: Regularly trim the wick to about ¼ inch. A properly trimmed wick ensures an even and clean burn​​.
  6. Keep it Clean: Remove soot and debris to prevent multiple flames and uneven burning​​.
  7. Replace Before Completely Burnt Out: Retire your candle when it has about ½ inch of wax left to protect the container and avoid mess​​.

Additional Tips

  • Choose the Right Candle Size: The size of the candle should match the room.
    • Larger candles are better for bigger spaces,
    • while tealights are suitable for smaller rooms​​.
  • Cooling Off Period: After extinguishing, allow the candle to cool for 2-3 hours before relighting. This ensures an even wax surface for the next burn​​.

In conclusion, a little care goes a long way in prolonging the life and quality of your Manna Project scented candles. Follow these tips, and let the calming scents and gentle light enhance your space for longer. Happy burning!

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