Trim your wick to 5 mm 𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗬 time before you light it including before it’s first burn.
Can you pick which candle doesn’t have a trimmed wick in this photo?
While your candle is still able to burn adequately without its wick being trimmed, there are reasons why you should trim it.
Trimming your wick will help:
✨throw the best fragrance,
✨prolong the life of your candle, and
✨give a cleaner burn.
𝗙𝗥𝗔𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘. With less wick to burn, your candle can focus on using heat energy to melt the wax and release your fragrance. The melted wax is how the fragrance evaporates and fills a room. If the wick is too long, the scent won’t smell as strong.
𝗖𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗟𝗘 𝗟𝗜𝗙𝗘. Trimming a candle wick can prolong the life of a candle, some say up to 4 times longer.
𝗖𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗡 𝗕𝗨𝗥𝗡. A trimmed wick will prevent too much smoke and soot coming out of the candle giving a cleaner burn. Look for and remove any debris left in the wax pool such as wick trimmings or matches.
🤔What is the best way to trim a candle wick?
Here’s a video showing you 3 easy ways.
🌟A special wick trimmer is spoon-shaped and is designed to catch the burnt wick. A wick trimmer will cut your wick to the correct height.
🌟Normal scissors can work just as well. Simply cut to the height of 5 mm. You can catch and remove the burnt wick with your fingers. (In the video you can see I left a bit of muck behind, you don’t want that.)
🌟Try using a tissue to tear off the burnt part of wick away. You’ll be able to catch the burnt wick bits in the tissue but you’ll have less accuracy in the height of the wick.
If your wick is wood it could be easier to use nail clippers.
If your candle has more than one wick, trim them to the same height so the wax burns evenly.
✍️Let me know in the comments which method you’ve tried and what works best for you. Do you have another method?
‘Dipping’ your wick into the melted wax after it’s extinguished will make the wick stronger and easier to trim later. Dig out your wick out of the wax using something non-flammable like a knife, toothpick or tweezers to avoid burning your fingers.
𝘽𝙚𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚! Never trim the wick when it’s lit or while the wax is still hot and liquid, as you risk injuring yourself or dropping excess wick into the melted wax. Ensure the candle has completely cooled from the previous burn before trimming the wick.