When people tell me their Yankee Candles aren’t burning right.
IT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE NOT DOING IT RIGHT.
There are a few things you should know about Yankee Candles before you burn them:
- The wicks need to be trimmed between 1/8″ and 1/4″ EVERY TIME YOU LIGHT THEM. It will seriously cut down on the soot the candle produces, and the candle will smell better because you aren’t getting that soot-y smell. If you are burning your candle for longer than three to four hours, the flame needs to be extinguished and the wick needs to be cut again. I noticed a big difference when I started doing this, and I tell all of my customers to do this if they notice a problem. The length of the wick will depend on what candle you have. YCC has hundreds of different kinds of wicks, and they change depending on the fragrance and wax style. The thicker wicks will most likely need to be kept near the 1/8″ length. The thinner wicks will most likely need to be a little longer. I know this just from experience, so you will learn as you go.
- Burn your candles for about 4 hours each time. If you only burn your candle for about an hour the first time you light it, the melted wax will create a “memory ring.” That ring of wax will make it so the candle starts tunneling. Tunneling is when the sides of the candle never melt and there is a “tunnel” down the middle of the jar. If you don’t want to burn something for that long, get a different type of fragrancing product. Tarts or votives are both great options. Votives are small “testers” for fragrances. That’s why they are sometimes called “samplers.” They only last about 15 hours, but you don’t have to worry about tunneling like you would with a jar candle. Tarts are my favorite thing to burn. Each tart lasts about 8 hours, but each fragrance is different. Some fragrances are stronger than others, so those fragrances might last longer. Tart burners/warmers come in two styles, the tea light version and electric warmers. Both are good for strong, short-term fragrance. The tea lights YCC offers are self-extinguishing. That means the flame will go out on its own. The electric warmers are my favorite, because you can turn it on and off easily for whenever you want a fragrance.
- If the room or house you are trying to fragrance is larger with a more open floor plan, get the two wick jars. They will have a stronger scent, so the fragrance will reach every part of your room. The only downside to the two wicks is they will burn faster. The single wicks do burn about 150 hours (in a large jar), but what’s the point of 150 hours of burn time if you aren’t even going to smell it anyway?
- Each fragrance is different, and some are stronger than others. I mentioned this before. Not all fragrances in the same category will burn with the same intensity. For example, Midsummer’s Night and Soft Blanket are in the same Fresh scent category, but Midsummer’s Night is definitely stronger than Soft Blanket. If you want to really smell something in your room/house, get a stronger fragrance. If you just want something subtle, I’d stay away from those really strong scents.
- Illuma-lids. They are not just for decoration. I noticed a huge difference in my candles when I started using Illuma-lids. These lids are meant for large and medium single wick jars, and they hold the flame steady, keep the heat in, and catch any soot that the candle will produce. When you have a candle sitting on a table and someone walks by, the flame will wiggle. This can cause uneven burning if the “wiggling” is constant. By using an Illuma-lid, any drafts are kept out and the flame won’t wiggle. Even though trimming the wick helps immensely with soot production, your candle will still make a little bit of soot. The Illuma-lid will catch any of that on the bottom so the black stuff doesn’t end up on your ceiling/wall/jar/whatever.
Now, some Yankee candles are poured by hand and the wicks are hand straightened, so not every candle is perfect. I have had a couple candles that didn’t smell right, didn’t burn right, or the wick was off center. The people at YCC are human, and everyone makes mistakes sometimes. But YCC is committed to their product and they believe that it’s the best. So, if you do have any problems with your candles, go to a Yankee Candle store and the employees will help you. If they can’t, they will definitely point in the right direction so your problem can be fixed.
I may have forgotten something else, but I wrote this as fast as I could so I can have a Lifetime Movie Night with my sister. Bye!