Long trails of black smoke, frowning wicks, and unfavorable soot stains inside of your jar...sound familiar? I have always struggled with fast fading and burning candles - which doesn’t pair well with my luxury candle habit. Thankfully, I’ve learned a few tricks over the years to help my candles last longer and smell even stronger! Here are some quick tips to get the most out of your favorite scents. Prep Your Candle You may be surprised to learn that candles are more than just lighting a wick. It’s important to follow a few simple, yet necessary steps to get the most out of your investment. Before you light your candle, use a wick trimmer to trim your wick to about 1/8-1/4 inch. This will help your candle burn longer and reduce the risk of soot inside the glass. When you do first light your candle, make sure that all of the surface becomes liquid. This will ensure that the wick soaks up all of the wax and burns evenly throughout its life to the bottom. Limit Burn Time Regardless of your candle’s size, limit burn time between two and three hours. If you allow your candle to flicker for longer, you run the risk of your wick falling off-center and burning against the glass - which could be dangerous. If you really want to keep your candle fresh, spend a few extra dollars on a candle lid. A lid will preserve the fragrance of your candle and keep it look good as new (free of dust and debris). Practice Candle Safety Chances are, if you are reading this, you have also fallen in love with the tranquil beauty of luxury candles. However, it’s important to keep in mind that candles are also an open flame that should be closely monitored to prevent the risk of a house fire. Here’s how you can keep your candle smelling fresh and your home safe: Never leave your candle unattended. Place your candle on flat, even surfaces. Always use a snuffer to distinguish the flame. Keep your candle out of reach of children and pets. Never leave your candle near something that could catch on fire. Read the manufacturer's recommendations. User proper candle holders. Avoid burning your candle to its end of life.