Why should I bother to trim the wick in my candle?

Trimming the wick of your candles is cruicial to the longevity and proper burning of your candles. Keeping your wick properly trimmed will save you money by making your candle last longer and will prevent your candle from smoking….. you know, that nasty soot that turns your jar black…. Black soot from a candle really has nothing to do with whether it is parafin, soy or bees wax but rather the length of your wick. Who knew?

Why does keeping the wick trimmed make the candle last longer?

The fragrance that comes off a scented candle into your room actually evaporates out of the liquid wax pool on top of your candle. The fragrance and wax burned up by the candle flame turns into odorless carbon dioxide and water vapor. So the candle flame’s only job is to create that liquid wax pool. A little flame does that job very well. A big flame just burns up your candle faster than need be and burns up fragrance instead of letting you smell it.

Why does keeping my wick trimmed prevent smoking?

If the wick is too long, the combustion process in the candle flame is altered and it produces carbon black instead of carbon dioxide. The carbon black will stick to anything it comes into contact with, including your candle jar, your walls, your ceiling…… you get the idea. 
How short should my wick be?

Scented candle wicks should always be trimmed to 1/8” above the surface of the candle. (Click on the Inset Photo) Before you clip the wick, you need to remove that little “hump” of wax right around the wick of the candle. This little hump can often be 1/8” tall and if you do not remove it before you trim the wick…. the wick will be too long! Too short is bad as well because it will cause your candle not to pool properly.

What should I use to trim my wicks?

Anything that will create a clean, sharp, neat cut. If the end of the wick is frayed out, like an unraveling braid, it will smoke! Fingernail clippers and wire nippers both work. The best thing to use is a wick trimmer as the provide a perfect height for your wick.  Wick trimmers available on our site. Instruction on proper wick trimming will also be on that page.

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