Caring for Your Scented Candle and Understanding Burn Times

Properly caring for your scented candle is key to extending its life span.


Trimming away the used portion of the wick prior to each use will extend the life of your candle.  Relighting the burnt part of the wick will result in a larger flame, which will melt the wax at a faster rate.  Trim the wick on pillar candles approximately 1/4 to 3/8; and 3/8 to 1/2 inch on container candles each time they are lit.

Mellow Mood Premium Fragrance Soy Candle



The burn time of candles varies depending on size, the wick (some wicks burn faster than others) and more importantly, the air that filters through a room. Even with all the windows and doors of your home closed, there is always a flow of air throughout the home. Since the air current varies from room to room, the burn time of your candle can vary as well. The stronger the air current, the shorter the life span of your candle. This means that you can have two candles of the same size that have different life spans. 

For instance, you can burn pillar candle (A) in your bedroom and it could last for about 50 hours in burn time. You can then burn the exact same candle (B) in the living room and have it last for only about 40 hours. The difference is because there is more foot traffic in and out of the living room and it’s closer to the front door that opens on a regular basis. This results in a stronger air current flowing into the living room.  All this you should keep in mind when considering the burn time of your candle.



Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin and other waxes and as a result will burn slower which results in a longer life for your candle. Depending on the size of your candle, the use of soy wax can add 15 hours or more onto the life of your candle.


At Kindred Essence, we thoroughly test the burn time of our candles under various conditions to come up with realistic life spans.  We are not out to fool anyone into buying our candles by promoting outlandish burn times. We are very confident in our product and feel that once a customer tries our candles, they will want to repeat the experience.


January 11, 2021 — Sandra Mapp

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