How to Look After your Candles


At The Home Fragrance Company, we want to help you make sure that your candles last as long as possible. This is why we have put together a guide of our top tips on not only caring for your candles but also making the most out of them.


Burn the Whole Top Layer

The first time that you burn the candle, make sure that you burn it long enough to melt the entire top layer. This usually takes 1-2 hours and it insures that the candle will burn evenly and minimalise wasted wax.


Use an Even Surface

Burn your candle on an even surface to allow the candle to burn evenly. It’s much safer too!


Trim the Wick

Make sure that you trim the wick regularly to minimise smoke when burning. We recommend trimming the wick to 1/8 inch. A candles wick should ideally be trimmed after every 4-5 hours of burn time. Make sure that the wax is cool before trimming to avoid burning yourself.


Use a Candle Snuffer

Blowing a candle out can compromise the quality of the oils with bacteria from your breath. To avoid this, use a candle snuffer. This is also good because it stops hot wax from being blown out of the candle jar.


Store Candles in a Dry Place

Store your candles in a cool and dry place, for example a cupboard or drawer, and use the candles lid to protect wax quality. If you won’t be using the candle for more than a month, wrap it in foil. This will stop the wick from absorbing moisture, as well as contain the scent for longer.


Use Within a Reasonable Amount of Time

Storing candles for too long can affect the scent, so use within a reasonable amount of time. Beeswax candles last longer because they contain bee pollen which has natural preservative qualities.


Light Before Guests Arrive

If you are lighting a candle before guests arrive, we recommend burning the candle for at least one hour before guests arrive. This will mean the candles scent is strongest when they turn up!


Reuse the Jar

Reuse your candle jars for storage or tea light holders. To remove leftover wax, freeze the candle. This makes the wax shrink and therefore it is easier to take out.