Candle Secrets Unveiled: 10 Lesser-Known Facts for the Perfect Burn

Our candles at Live Well are top-notch, top-quality, and amazingly scented.  We know our vendors take great care to produce a candle that will “throw” a scent and keep its scent throughout the entire burn.  We spend hours researching any new candle partner we bring in.  That research has really opened our eyes to some really cool candle facts that not a whole lot of people know, and we want to share some of the top ones that we have found.  Here are the 10 Lesser Known Facts about Candles:

  1. Wax Color Affects Scent: The color of the wax can influence the way a candle smells. Darker-colored wax tends to hold onto scents more than lighter ones.
  2. Candle Tunnels: If a candle isn’t burned long enough for the wax to melt evenly across the entire surface, it can create a tunnel effect, wasting wax and decreasing burn time.
  3. Wick Trimming Matters: Trimming a candle wick to about 1/4 inch before each burn helps control the flame’s size and prevents excessive soot buildup.
  4. Wax Pool Matters: Allow a full wax pool to form before extinguishing a candle. This ensures an even burn and prevents “memory rings” that can limit the candle’s future burn area.
  5. Candle Memory: Candles have a “scent memory.” If you only burn a candle for a short time, it may not release its full scent because it remembers its previous burn time.
  6. Different Waxes: Different types of wax, like soy, beeswax, and paraffin, have varying burn times, scents, and appearances. Each has its own unique benefits.
  7. Fragrance Mixing: Combining multiple scented candles can create a unique aroma. However, certain scents might not blend well, so experimenting is key.
  8. Candle Containers: The container you burn a candle in affects its scent throw. Open spaces allow the fragrance to disperse more, while enclosed spaces can intensify the scent.
  9. Candle Placement: Where you place a candle affects how evenly it burns. Avoid drafty areas, which can cause uneven burning and excessive dripping.
  10. Candle Storage: Store candles in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. Exposure to light and heat can cause the color to fade and affect the fragrance.

Remember these lesser-known candle facts to get the most out of your candle experience and ensure safe, enjoyable use. 🕯️🔥

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