How to make your candles last longer

Candles can be pricey, but once you find a smell you love it is difficult to resist splurging. Filling your home with a scent is the perfect way to set the mood, help you sleep, and decrease stress. Express.co.uk spoke to Richard Fewings from Cosy Owl to find out how to get the most out of your candles.

Mr Fewings said: “Did you know that some scented candle makers only put the candle’s fragrance in the top ring?

“This is why many candles smell strongly in the shop but are underwhelming when you get them home.

“If you’ve had a problem with your candle where it hasn’t lasted for as long as you would have liked, or if you want to make the most of the scent, then these hacks will help you to get the most out of your candle collection!”

Read on to hear five ways to make your candles last longer.

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Make them burn slower

It makes sense that making your candles burn slower lengthens the life of your candles. But how do you do it?

Mr Sewings said: “The best way to prolong the life of your candles is to add a pinch of salt to the melted wax after you’ve put it out – the salt will slow down the burn time when you light it up next.”

You may have heard that popping your candle in the freezer will slow down burning, but this isn’t necessarily true.

Mr Sewings explained: “You should avoid putting your candle in the freezer.

“There’s no evidence that this process actually works and there are several potential negatives, such as it could crack your candle, the wax could pull away from the container, or it could alter the fragrance of the candle.”

Blow them out properly

Putting out a candle isn’t as simple as you thought.

It’s only natural to blow out a candle with your mouth, but this is bad for the candle.

Mr Sewings warned: “Never extinguish your candle by blowing on it.

Instead, place a glass lid or just a glass over the flame until it goes out.

“Wait until the wax has melted all the way to the edge before putting it out.”

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Avoid tunnelling

There’s nothing more annoying than when your favourite candle burns down its gentle but leaves hard wax around the outside.

This process is a huge waste of wax and means your candle won’t reach its full potential.

Mr Sewings advised: “Allow your candle to burn for longer on the first burn.

“As a general rule of thumb, you should allow your candle to burn for about one hour per one inch in diameter of wax on the first burn.

“Always try to burn a candle until the entire top is melted into a pool.”

Fix your wick

Ever found your wick is too long or short? Mr Sewings told us that your wick should be between 1/4 inches and 1/8 inches.

If it’s too long or too short, you’ll need to fix the problem.

He said: “Firstly, try to relight the wick and see if the problem resolves itself or not after a short 20 minute burn – this should have created a small indent around the wick, so more of it should be exposed.

“If you can clearly see the wick and it isn’t covered by wax, then you can relight it and it should work as usual.

“If you still cannot see the wick, you’ll need to expose it by scraping out the room-temperature wax using a butter knife.”

If you are using a pre-waxed wick, you have to replace it instead.

Mr Sewings explained: “When using a pre-waxed wick, simply use a glue tab or molten wax to adhere the wick to the base of the container.

“Then, use a peg or a hair clip to hold the wick in the desired position while you pour the wax.”

Make your own candles

If your candles have tunnelled or are worn out, you can use the remaining wax to make a new candle.

Mr Sewings said: “Just add a wick to your container as described above and then melt down your remaining wax.

“Once this is liquefied, pour the mixture in the container and leave it to set.

“Before you melt your remaining wax, just make sure that there are no pieces of burnt wick in the mix.

“You should also try not to mix different types of wax together, as these may have different characteristics and melting point.”

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