Candles are usually fairly straightforward, but there's always something new to learn. Mistakes are commonly made, but I'm a candle expert so I'm using my expertise to show you how to get the best out of your candles.
Not extinguishing your candle properly
The best way to put out your candle is to use a candle snuffer - pictured. Candle snuffers safely cut off the oxygen powering your candle and safely extinguish the flame.
Blowing out your candles can lead to smoke and soot which isn't nice. If you've let your candle run for a while, you can also end up blowing wax outside your candle jar which is a hassle to clean.
If you do end up with candle wax outside your candle jar, check out my candle cleaning post here. If candle wax ends up on your carpet, I also have some tips. It's not the end of the world, but still something to be avoided.
If you don't have a snuffer though, make sure you use one short, sharp breath downwards to blow out your candle. and try to cup the sides with your hands to avoid any wax making a run for it.
Moving a a lit candle
It can be tempting to move a lit candle to a different spot, either because you're trying to get a better scent throw or because you're moving rooms. Of course you should never leave a lit candle unattended, but if you do need to move your candle, extinguish it first and then re-light it once it's in a better spot.
Moving a lit candle carries it's own risk. You could trip or your hands could be unsteady, which can result in spilled wax or the flame catching on something flammable.
Not covering your candle after the wax has dried
Here at Clare Makes, my candles come with a paper dust cover and in the past, have also come with a lid. The reason for this is because dust and other debris getting into your candle can interfere with the quality of the burn.
One of the best ways to take care of candle is remembering to place the paper dust cover back on it once the wax as dried. Remember to never place a dust cover on the candle while the wax is still soft.