If you watch my Instagram stories, you’ve probably seen a bunch of my favorite candles featured there. I am so addicted to candles, and they are my go-to gift as well. You can never go wrong with a Le Labo, Diptyque, or Jo Malone candles. The quality is unbeatable. When it comes to fragrance, I have high standards. It must smell expensive. I am not a fan of vanilla, overly sweet candles, pumpkin spice, ya know what I mean. Let me know if you want me to share a round up of my favorite candles?

The title of this blog post honestly makes me want to roll my eyes. BUT, I found this information so useful, and had to share. I had no idea that there was a proper way to burn and care for your candles, until I purchased a Jo Malone candle at Nordstrom, and was given a lesson.


Use the right tools. You’ll find out why below, but investing in a wick trimmer and a snuffer is so important.

Make sure the wick is trimmed. Why? To eliminate smoke and soot. Keep the wick trimmed to 1/8 inch at all times. The wick should be trimmed every 4 hours of burn time, and if you see smoke, extinguish the flame, let the candle come to room temperature, and trim the wick to 1/8 of inch before relighting.

Light it up and keep the flame going. When you burn a candle for the first time, you should let it burn for 3 hours, unless it is a small candle. In this case, 2 hours should do the trick. Why? When the candle burns for the first time, you’ll want an even layer of melted wax to avoid uneven surfaces. Burning for 3 hours will maximize the lifespan of your candle.

Use a snuffer to extinguish. Why? Blowing your candles out can make the wax become uneven, and can cause lots of smoke.

Light your candles with matches. I had used a lighter for so long (mostly because I am scared of matches. That is a story for a different day), BUT using a match helps avoid that black ring around the inside of your candles.

xo, Lynn