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4 Tips for Extending the Life of Your New Bougie Candle

Did you get a bougie candle as a holiday gift? Don't want to screw it up? Learn to burn with these tips from a verified candle guru.

BY ADRIENNE WESTENFELD | Jan 9, 2019 | Accessories

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It's a great time to be alive, if only because we're living in the golden age of candles. High-end options abound, from the long-burning to the artisanally jarred—basically, the high-end candle is the new investment piece. If you got a luxe candle as a gift this holiday season, you're likely wondering how to get the most out of it. We sat down with Abigail Stone, founder of Otherland, to get her expert tips on the care and keeping of your new candle. 

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"The inaugural burn of your new candle is super important! Make sure your first light liquefies the entire top layer of wax—the melt pool should reach all the way to the glass. Otherwise, you’ll be left with a 'memory ring,; which causes the wax to tunnel rather than melt evenly. Plan ahead for one to two hours for this first burn."

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"Wicks are happiest at a quarter-inch height. Before every burn, use a wick trimmer or a pair of scissors to trim the wick to the right length, ensuring a steady, ash-free flame. This is my number one tip—keeping it nice and short (with no mushroomy bits!) is critical to keeping your candle soot-free."

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"We recommend burning for no more than three to four hours at a time. Blow out the flame gently—otherwise the wax may splatter—or use a candle snuffer. Never use a candle lid to extinguish. Allow the flame to fully extinguish and air out before replacing the lid. To avoid damaging the jar, swap your candle for a new one when a half-inch of wax remains."

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Repurpose Your Jar

"Plants, pencils, paraphernalia—there are infinite ways to reuse jars. Try repurposing on your bar cart to hold colorful paper straws or cocktail accoutrements, as pots for succulents and bud vases, or to hold your favorite pens and pencils on your desk. To clean, freeze the candle for a few hours and nudge the remaining wax out with a dull knife (it should pop right out). Wipe out the inside with a dry paper towel."

From: Esquire US

 


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