Believe it or not, the best way to extend the life of your candle is to burn it longer!
Intuitively, you would assume that burning a container candle for a longer period of time would make the candle burn away faster. However, allowing a candle to burn all the way across its surface before extinguishing the flame prolongs the candle’s life.
This simple act of letting your jar candle burn longer helps to prevent tunnelling. Tunnelling occurs when the candle melts down the middle leaving a “wall” of un-melted soy wax around the the diameter of the container. The next time you light the candle, that initial “wall” of solid soy will act as a barrier; your candle won’t be able to melt all the way across the container and much of your candle will be wasted
‘Best Burn’ tips that we live by at Maison Blanche:
Always keep the wick trimmed to 1/4 inch (6mm).
If a candle burns unevenly it is in a draft. Rotate the candle 90 degrees periodically to keep burning uniform, or move it to another location.
The first time you burn the candle let the wax pool cover the entire surface, this will teach the candle to burn evenly across, improves scent throw, and extends the burning time.
Once your candle has burnt out, the wick base can be removed easily (be careful not to burn your self). There will be some remaining soy wax in the bottom of the jar, this is normal. The jar can then be cleaned of the remaining wax with warm water and soap.
If you do find your self with a tunnelled candle, check out this Video for the best way to get your candles burning perfectly.