One Thing You Should Always Do First Time You Burn A Candle
How great are candles?
If you need soothing, you can run a bath and light a whole stack of them.
If your boyfriend has done something nasty in the toilet, you can strike a match and pretend it never happened.
And if you're stuck for what to get your cousin twice-removed for Christmas, you can hit the Glasshouse section of Myer and rest easy, knowing you've nailed the gift-giving once again.
But it turns out there's one trick to getting the most out of your candles and it's not the one you're thinking of; because while everyone knows you should trim the wick and keep your beautifully scented little treat out of any airstreams, how long you burn a candle for the first time is very, very important.
"The candle wax must pool to the edge on the initial burn," founder and owner of LAFCO New York Jon Bresler told Harper's Bazaar.
"We always like to remind people that wax has memory, meaning that if your candle doesn't burn to the edges, it will begin to tunnel and won't burn evenly the next time."
Makes sense, doesn't it?
Jon added: "In the perfect scenario, a person would burn their candles for four hours each time, and not more than once every 24 hours to prolong the life of that candle."
If your candle already has tunneled, you may still be able to salvage it; if it's not too deep, Jon advises lying the candle on its side and melting the wax back with a lighter and pouring it into the bin.
You can also just cut out the top rim of the tunnel with a butter knife if that's a bit easier or, you know, just go buy yourself a new candle.
You deserve it.