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Candle Care: How Do You Properly Burn a Candle?

Burning candles is a popular practice for creating a warm, inviting ambiance, but doing so safely and effectively requires proper technique. Proper candle burning is important not only for maximizing the lifespan and fragrance of your candles but also for ensuring safety and preventing potential hazards. By following a few key tips, you can enjoy the full benefits of your candles while minimizing risks.

1. Trim the Wick: Always trim the wick to about 1/4 inch before each use. This helps the candle burn evenly, prevents soot buildup, and avoids the flame becoming too large.

2. Let It Burn Long Enough: Allow the candle to burn until the entire surface has melted to prevent tunneling. This ensures an even burn and maximizes the candle's lifespan. This usually takes 3-4 hours. Some waxes such as olive wax may have slight buildup of wax on the candle vessels wall but it will melt by the third burn.

3. Keep the Candle Away from Drafts: Place candles in a draft-free area to avoid uneven burning and excessive flickering, which can cause soot and potentially lead to fire accidents.

4. Follow Safety Guidelines: Never leave a burning candle unattended, keep it out of reach of children and pets, and ensure it is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface to prevent accidents.

"Lighting a candle is like setting a small sun in your home; it brightens the space but requires respect and care to burn safely and beautifully."

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