Candles not only illuminate our spaces but also add a warm, inviting aroma that can transform the ambiance of any room. To ensure that your candles burn cleanly and last longer, it’s important to consider how you care for them.  
Miller Harris Rose Candle

 Here’s a guide on maximizing the lifespan and aroma of your favorite candles:  
 
Trim the wick: Before each burn, make sure to trim the wick to about 1/4 inch. This helps prevent the wick from developing a 'mushroom' shape, which can cause soot to form and the candle to burn too quickly. A properly trimmed wick ensures a cleaner, brighter flame. 

Allow the wax to pool: When burning your candle, allow the entire top layer of wax to melt into a pool. This prevents tunneling, where the candle burns straight down the middle and leaves a ring of unused wax along the sides of the container. For most candles, this means letting them burn for approximately one hour for every inch in diameter. So, a three-inch candle should burn for about three hours to achieve a full wax pool.  
 
Avoid drafts: Place your candle away from drafty areas in your home, such as near open windows, doors, or air vents. Drafts can cause the flame to flicker excessively, leading to uneven burning and soot buildup.  

Use a candle snuffer: Instead of blowing out your candle, consider using a snuffer. Blowing on the flame can cause wax to splatter and the wick to smoke, which diminishes the quality of your candle. A snuffer helps extinguish the flame gently and prevents hot wax from blowing out.  

Store candles properly: When not in use, store your candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Exposure to heat and light can cause the fragrance to dissipate and the wax to melt unevenly.  

By following these candle care tips, you can significantly enhance the life and aroma of your candles, making them a lasting part of your home’s comfort and decor. With the right care, your favorite candles can continue to create a cozy, aromatic atmosphere for many evenings to come.  

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