Burning The Candle At Both Ends Is Not The Problem
Nothing helps set the mood for the holiday season like one of those great scented candles - BUT - do you really know how to use one or candle of any kind?
Candle experts say it's unlikely we do what we're supposed to do first-- trim the wick. Yankee Candle's website states, "Keeping their wicks trimmed properly will help your candles burn fully and last longer.
This is more than than just one time/first time advice. Yankee advises, "Specifically, your candle's wick should be trimmed after every four hours of burn time."
The cynic in me wondered if this wasn't a smooth move to get me to have to buy more candles! Not so say candle-maker Alia Raza, who says you should first cut your candle's wick to about a third of an inch, and that the first time you burn a candle it should be for "about two hours or more" so that "the whole surface of will burn evenly so it won't create those dips.
This two-hour rule ensures the entire top layer of wax melts, so it dries smoothly instead of creating a hole in which you wick can get lost.
Apple cinnamon, pine, pumpkin spice--take your pick BUT trim the wick! Merry Christmas!!