How To Burn A Candle For Maximum Life

Written by Jewel Within


Posted on August 21 2021

A Jewel Within candle should be enjoyed for as long as possible, but some factors might decrease the time you have with it. By not enjoying the candle in the right spot or not maintaining the wick, the candle can burn through its wax much more quickly than you’d like. Don’t worry – you can control most of the factors that decrease its lifespan and enjoy your candle for longer! 

Trim The Wick Before Every Use

Before you burn your candle, start by trimming the wick down to at least 1/4 inches above the wax surface. You can use scissors, nail clippers, or a wick trimmer – whatever it is, always trim before lighting.

Trimmed wicks will give you a cleaner, brighter burn. Untrimmed wicks are more likely to burn unevenly in a way that dulls and obscures the flame. Trimming keeps the flame in control and prevents it from inefficiently using the wax. 

Let The Wax Melt Across The Entire Surface

This is an important step the first time you light a candle, but you should be letting the whole surface melt from edge to edge every time. Any time the candle doesn’t fully melt, it starts to tunnel through the centre around the wick. If this keeps up, the wick will be way down at the bottom of a hole of wax. 

Melting across the surface might take between two and four hours, so don’t light the candle at all unless you’re planning on spending some time enjoying it. 

Light It In An Undrafted Area

Oxygen is one fuel for your candleflame, but when you burn the candle in certain areas, the wick can go through wax more quickly. Fewer disturbances in the air mean the flame doesn’t get as high or as hot, pulling up less evaporated wax. This can also make the wick flicker and result in an uneven burn. Keep it away from air conditioners, drafts, fans, open windows, and heavily trafficked areas where people walk by the candle. 

Chill The Candle Before Using

This one might sound strange, but it’s true! Cooling down a candle before burning it cools the wax and helps it burn more slowly and evenly, keeping the candle going for longer. An hour or two in the fridge should do the trick!

Don’t put the candle in the freezer, however, as this could crack the wax and make it unusable. You don’t need it frozen, just chilled. 

How Long Should My Candle Last?

While it’s not the guaranteed rate, you can expect five to seven hours per one ounce of wax. Jewel Within candles are 250 grams, or 9 ounces, in size, so you can expect them to last between 45 – 65 hours. By following the habits you’ve just read about, you can enjoy the candle for as long as possible!