Flickering woes

How to get the most out of your candles

My candle burns a tunnel through the wax rather than evenly burning down, wasting valuable burn time, how do I prevent this?

The first time you use your candle, burn the wax until the melted wax fully spreads across the top of the candle, this will usually take around 2-3hrs. This provides the candle with a memory and will set you up for even burning after that! As a rule of thumb, it’s always best to try to burn your candle this way as a full burn pool releases the best fragrance.


I’ve heard of candles smoking, cracking and exploding, how can I prevent this?

  • Stop burning and replace your candle when 10mm of wax remains.
  • Ensure your wick is trimmed leaving 5mm before relighting your candle. A long wick will cause your candle to smoke, leave soot and unevenly flicker.
  • Don’t burn for longer than 3 hours. Blow it out, let it cool, trim the wick and relight.

Keep candles away from drafts to prevent uneven burning and to ensure the candle reaches it’s full life expectancy! 


Should I stick to one scent, or have various scents in my home?

Definitely mix it up. Having a different scent in your living room to say your bathroom or kitchen is what it’s all about. Similar to styling your home, you want every room to have a slightly different feel, some are social areas where there’s high energy and activity so an invigorating scent will do the trick, other spaces are private relaxation zones where a soothing scent will work best.  

Why is soy better than paraffin?

Soy is

  • Biodegradable and doesn’t increase the C02 level like paraffin does
  • Cleaner burning with less soot and no toxic nasties
  • Longer Lasting burning up to double the amount of time as a paraffin candle
  • Better Scent: because they have a slower burning time, their scent is natural and gradually released rather than an immediate strong assault on the senses.

Come in store to Studio Black to see our gorgeous range of Luxury Miller Road Candles. Hand poured, 100% soy and made in Devonport, NZ. 



Interior Designer, BDVA (HONS)

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