The first time you light a new candle be sure to allow the wax to melt across the entire surface. This takes around 3-5 hours and will ensure that the candle burns evenly throughout its life.
~ Burn for only 4-5 hours at a time
~ Let wax solidify, 3-4 hours
~ Trim wick
Instead of blowing out your candle, it is best to use a dipper or snuffer. These tools will prevent smoke and keep the hot wax from splattering all over your counters and furnishings.
Everytime you light your candle, trim the wick to approximately 1/4". This will contain the flame size, avoid soot and increase burn time.
~ Trimmers: They can reach down into the bottom of jars better than your scissors can. They also have a tray that catches the burned end of the wick so that it does not fall into the wax.
~ Dippers: By using the curved end, you dip the wick into the wax pool to extinguish the flame. This eliminates smoke and primes the wick for the next time you light it. Be sure to straighten the wick back up and center it too.
~ Snuffers: Pros: they are classy, sophisticated, most common, and better than blowing out a candle. Cons: They can give off a bit of smoke and make it a bit more difficult to relight the candle.
Keep away from drafts. Close doors and windows to maximize concentration. Use proper size candle equivalent to room size.