Choosing the proper candles for your house is not an easy feat. The scent you create is frequently the first impression you make on a guest; whether you want to be recognized as a woody cedar or a fresh citrus is entirely up to you. Candles may be used to provide a layer of warmth and humidity to any environment, in addition to smell — the flickering flames provide a gentle light in the shape of an orange-tinted glow. Moreover, despite being reduced to a last-minute present, the appropriate candles may make excellent stocking stuffers or housewarming gifts for loved ones both near and far.
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As you light a candle, the wax melts around the wick and spreads outward. Through capillary action, the wick absorbs the liquid wax and draws it higher. The wax vaporizes due to the heat of the flame, converting it to a hot gas that burns the scented vapor wax and releases aroma. The vaporizing wax cools and keeps the wick from burning. The candle will burn at varied rates and temperatures depending on the type of wax used.
While your candle can still burn well without its wick being trimmed, there are several reasons why you should. Trimming a candle wick may increase the life of a candle by up to 24% while also keeping the surrounding wax clean and free of soot and dirt.
A bigger flame will come from leaving your wick long and untrimmed. This is because the wick takes up melted wax to be burnt as "fuel," hence the longer the wick, the more fuel the flame has. When a big flame causes incomplete combustion, the burnt wax creates carbon, which forms soot. This soot not only pollutes the air, but it also turns your candle container black and nasty. If the wick is not trimmed, it can coil over, causing extra smoke and dropping debris into the molten wax, resulting in unattractive markings.
Finally, if the wick is too long, the exquisite perfume of your candle will not be as intense since too much of the melted wax is being used up too soon. Because melted wax is how the aroma of the candle dissipates and fills a space, less melted wax means less perfume.