Tips to get the best out of your candle

Candles of any size, shape or scent are beautiful additions to your home and can brighten an entire room but they also need to be looked after to get the most out of them. As we head for the darker nights where you will have more candles burning this is the perfect time to remind you how you can best look after your candle. Here at Sandwick Bay candles we have put together an easy-to-follow guide so that you get the most out of your candle.

First Burn

This may be the most important tip for the first time you light your candle. When you light a new candle, allow the wax to melt across the entire top to the edges of the container. This may take up to 3 hours depending on the size of the candle, less time for the travel tin candles and more for the larger 3 wick candle. But be patient and you will prevent tunnelling of your candle. Tunnelling is where there is a build up of wax around the edges of the candle. By getting a full melt pool it will allow for a more even burn each time you light your candle.  Soy wax has a memory so if you don’t allow it to burn to the edge on this first burn it will never burn past that first burn.


Trim them! This is so important and what we do during all our test burns. If you do not trim your wicks your candle will not burn as good as it could and might even become a hazard. Trimming the wick to about 5mm will allow for a more even burn, help prevent mushrooming, and even soot. If the wick is not trimmed the flame of the candle may grow too large and begin to flicker or smoke, signs that the flame is not properly controlled. If this happens just extinguish the flame, wait for the wick to cool and trim the wick with either a wick trimmer or scissors. Make sure you trim the wick every single time!

Keep it clean and safe

If dust forms on the surface of your candle be sure to wipe it clean before lighting. Same goes for keeping it free of trimmed wicks and match heads. Remember keep your candle away from draughts, children and pets. Never leave a candle unattended. Also you have to stop burning your candle at some point and this is about 5mm from the bottom. If you keep lighting your candle when there is no wax left to burn you risk having the candle jar shatter from the heat. So stop burning it and clean out the jar so you can return it to use for a refill.

Storage – they like the Scottish winter

Always store your candles in a cool, dry and dark place. Easy when you live in the Outer Hebrides! Storing candles in direct sunlight for long periods of time may cause them to discolour. You will notice those with certain fragrances such as vanilla will turn yellow. This does not affect the burn or smell it just won’t look as pleasing to the eye.

At Sandwick Bay candles we strive to bring an enjoyable and quality candle experience to your home! But once the candle leaves our workshop it still needs to be handled with care. And we really do want you to get the best burn from your candle.

I hope this short guide gives you a better understanding on how to care for your candle and if you follow these tips your candle will burn better and for longer.

If you ever have any questions please just get in touch.