One of my greatest pet peeves is my inability to burn candles evenly, or rather the inability of candles to burn evenly, or both. I’ve tried lots of tips and tricks, a few work, many don’t. Then I figured perhaps the candle has something to do with it as well. I’m quite a loyal consumer, especially when I find something I absolutely love – I’m all in. I find out as much as I can about the brand, the product, their processes and try to have a chat to the person behind the brand. A month ago I tried the MARACA Roseraie candle and was impressed. Fast forward a few weeks later not only have I tracked down the Founder and Nose of MARACA, Chris Lim, for a chat but I’ve also got almost the entire range! How’s that for brand loyalty and appreciation?!
I talked to Chris about a number of things and we’ll get to them in upcoming posts but today I want to talk about the very important process of burning candles evenly. These tips have been tried and tested and have worked for me. And when you’re on to a good thing, it’s important to share.
Let me share this snippet from my chat with Chris about burning candles:
VMV: Chris, your candles are extraordinary but I have never, ever for the love of candles been able to burn them evenly. I really want to get the most out of my MARACA candles.
Chris Lim: Every MARACA Natural Soy Wax Candle is designed to provide a delicately scented burn of up to forty-five hours. Each candle is artfully crafted to include the perfect amount of fragrance blended with natural soy wax which is then poured into a glass vessel with a lead-free cotton wick added to ensure a clean and even burn time.
SO there is an element of ‘it’s the candle’ to uneven burns! Good to know it isn’t always entirely my fault. Chris also shared the following tips on burning MARACA candles:
- The first time you light your candle, do not trim the wick – this first burn needs a high hot flame to melt the wax right to the edge of the vessel which will encourage even burning.
- Do not extinguish the first flame until the entire top layer turns into liquid wax. This may take up to an hour or more depending on the size of the candle.
if you extinguish the flame at this point (when the entire top layer of wax hasn’t melted) your candle will not burn evenly regardless of how many times you light it or for how long
you can see the surface of the wax melting, I like to wait until it reaches the very edge
and here we are – an entire top layer of liquid wax ensure you’ll get an evenly burnt candle.
- After the first burn, try to let the candle burn for long stretches to encourage the wax to evenly melt and to prevent wax tunnelling.
- Burn for periods of no more than three hours at a time.
- Always trim the wick to ¼ inch before you light the candle again after the first burn
So I’ve tried all of that and look at my gorgeous, evenly burnt candles!
Here are a few more tips that have worked for me:
- During the first burn avoid moving the candle around! Set it down where you want to put it, light it, and let it be. Once it’s lit I find if you move it around the candle doesn’t burn evenly.
Obvious one – keep it away from any draughty areas. When the flame moves about you don’t get much of an even burn.
I hope you’ve found these tips helpful especially with the holiday season coming up (a time when my candle burning rates quadruple!). Also a huge thank you to Chris for his time and tips. You can read more about MARACA and shop their range on their website. I’m looking forward to sharing more MARACA insights, styling and tips from Chris and myself in upcoming posts. Happy holidays x