How to Make a Candle Burn More Slowly

Making your house smell like vanilla or sweet lavender doesn’t come cheap these days, so follow these tips to make your candles last longer.


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You Will Need

  • A candle
  • Scissors or nail clippers
  • A candle snuffer


  1. Step 1

    Choose a candle

    Choose a candle with a regular shape, such as a cylinder or sphere, preferably with multiple wicks. These burn more evenly and waste less wax.

  2. Step 2

    Refrigerate the candle

    Refrigerate the candle for at least one hour prior to lighting to slow the heating of the wax.

  3. Step 3

    Place in a draft-free area

    Place the candle in a draft-free area to limit uneven melting.

  4. Avoid burning candles on windowsills or near anything flammable.

  5. Step 4

    Read instructions

    Read any instructions for burning that may have come with your candle.

  6. Step 5

    Trim the wick

    Trim the candle’s wick to ¼-inch with scissors or nail clippers prior to each use to reduce smoking and increase oxygen flow to the candle flame

  7. Step 6

    Limit burning time

    Limit the amount of time you leave a candle burning. Burn time should be two to four hours depending on the candle size.

  8. Allow the candle wax to melt all the way across the candle – not just a small pool in the center – before extinguishing the flame.

  9. Step 7

    Use a snuff

    Use a candle snuff to extinguish your candle. Store it in a cool, dark, dry place when not in use.

  10. In India, candles were originally made by boiling the fruit of the cinnamon tree.