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The importance of test burning your candles

We often get asked things like, “How long will this candle burn for?” or “What fragrance is the best one to use?”.  The answer to this is, it depends.  It depends on alot of factors including, but not limited to:

  • The temperature that you melt your wax to
  • The temperature at which you pour your candles
  • The amount and type of the fragrance used
  • The fill level of your candles
  • The number, type and size of Wick/s used
  • How long you cured your candles for
  • The ambient temperature during both candle making and burning

As you can see, there are numerous factors that will effect the outcome of your candles. In-fact there are many many more than I have listed above, and each combination of factors that went into making your candle, make it unique both in look, and in operation.  For this reason we suggest that you conduct your own testing of each candle type that you make.

Keep a notebook to record things like, The method used to make the candle including all of the above points, How the candle burns/operates, How it smells, How the melt pool looks, The size of the flame. These notes will be valuable to you if you need to either replicate the candle in the future, but also if something is not quite right and you need to make a change, you should only change one thing at a time, and keep notes about what that was.  You should then test burn again and repeat the notes.
Whilst this sounds like alot of work, it can save you time, effort and money in the long run by ensuring you have the perfect candle that is repeatable.  If you are running a business, it depends on you producing a high quality, repeatable product.

The photo on this post was a Controlled Experiment to show what could happen when you don’t trim your wick before you light it.

See, Size does matter!!!
** Photo courtesy of Cosmic Spell Candles

If you would like to learn more about making your own candle masterpieces, then why not try our Candle Making Workshop