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How To Make Your Scented Candles Last Longer

Scented candles are a great way to add fragrance to your home and coconut wax blends are becoming increasingly popular due to their superior scent throw, their long burn, and the fact that they burn cooler than other waxes such as paraffin wax or soy wax. Not only do scented candles make your home smell good, but they can also be used as an ambient and relaxing source of light. However, one question that many people have is how long do scented candles last? The answer to this question depends on several factors, including but not limited to the size of the candle and the type of wax used. In this blog post, we will discuss how long scented candles last and some tips for making them last longer!


Size of the Vessel

The most important factor in determining how long a scented candle will last is the size of the vessel. Candles that come in larger containers such as 12 oz jars and vessels will generally burn for longer than smaller candles such as tea lights or votives. If you want your scented candles to last longer, look for ones with larger vessels. This will ensure that your scented candle lasts longer and provides the best fragrance experience. With any candle, you will need to trim the wick regularly in order to keep it from getting too long and creating a big flame. The bigger a flame equates to a hotter burn and therefore shorter candle life.


When selecting a scented candle, it is just as important to consider the size of candle vessel relative to the room it will be burned in. Burning a votive candle in a large living room will not give off enough scent to enjoy, while burning a 12 oz scented candle in a small bathroom runs the risk of overwhelming the space with too much fragrance. Therefore, choosing the correct candle for your space is essential for ensuring an enjoyable ambiance that does not overwhelm or underwhelm your space. With careful consideration of the size of container, type of wax, and scented oil used, you can create just the right atmosphere with scented candles without compromising quality. By taking care of your scents and keeping an eye on how large or small the vessel is, you'll be able to enjoy your scented candle for longer!

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The Strength of the Fragrance

The fragrance load, or the amount of scent used in the candle, can also affect the burning time of a candle. Do keep in mind that some fragrances are naturally stronger than others but it doesn't necessarily mean that the stronger-smelling candle will last longer though you may perceive it that way, which is kind of the point. For instance, Rain Day Detox is a delicious blend of citrusy clementine and sweet honey, while She Wolf is a woodsy blend of calming palo santo. Palo santo is, by nature, a lighter fragrance while citrus blends tend to be stronger. Scents that you can smell more easily will be perceived as filling the room more quickly and therefore, you don't have to burn them as long to scent your entire space. (But honestly, you still can't go wrong with She Wolf! It just depends on what you love and the size of the room you're burning your candle in.)


Scented candles are a great way to bring a pleasant aroma into your home, but it is important to be aware of the strength of the fragrances used. Different scents have different levels of intensity, so using one that is too strong can make for an overpowering experience. It's best to go with lighter scents if you're looking for subtlety in a small space and opt for bolder fragrances when you want something more powerful in a larger space.

 Different fragrance oils also have varying levels of scent throw which can affect how strong a candle smells once lit. Paying attention to this will ensure you get the desired effect from your scented candles!


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Type of Wax

The type of candle wax matters when it comes to scented candles, and coconut wax is the best choice. Coconut wax candles burn cooler, last longer, and have an excellent hot throw and cold throw. It’s also a much more eco-friendly option than paraffin as coconut is sourced sustainably from renewable resources. Additionally, coconut wax blends can carry scents better than other types of candle waxes which makes them perfect for creating scented candles that last long enough to fill any room with their delightful aroma. So if you want your scented candles to deliver superior performance then coconut wax is the way to go!


Coconut wax also doesn't have sinkholes like soy wax after burning. While sinkholes don't affect the performance of a candle, who wants to look at a cratered, pock-ridden candle top? Coconut wax starts with a smooth, creamy top and stays that way burn after burn. A coconut wax-scented candle is a great choice for an eco-friendly, long-lasting scented candle that will make your home smell like paradise!


For those looking for the best-scented candles, going with coconut wax is your best bet. Not only does it burn cooler than paraffin and last longer than soy waxes, but its excellent hot throw and cold throw make it perfect to fill any room with delightful scents. Coconut wax also offers superior performance when carrying scents and comes from renewable resources, making it an environmentally conscious choice too. So if you want scented candles that will last, coconut wax is the way to go!


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Responsible Burning

Finally, it’s important to remember that burning your candle safely and properly can help extend its life. To ensure that your scented candle burns evenly and slowly, always make sure to keep the wick trimmed to about ¼ inch before relighting it. Also be sure to trim off any small mushrooming as this will remove any carbon buildup on the tip of the candle's wick. Additionally, avoid leaving a lit candle unattended or in an area with drafts as this can cause the flame to flicker and the wax not to burn evenly. Never ever light a candle and walk away. Firemen may be cute, but fires are not.

During each burn session, be sure to burn your candle for no more than 3-4 hours. You also don't want a burn session to stop before the melt pool has had a chance to reach at least 2 sides of the candle vessel. If you burn your candle for too long, you reduce its overall life. If you don't burn your candle for long enough, it runs the risk of tunneling which will also shorten its overall lifespan. Be the Goldilocks of candle burns and burn it for the proper amount of time – each time – so you get the best and longest burn!

With these tips in mind, you can rest assured that your scented candles will provide a pleasant aroma and light for hours! By choosing the right fragrances, candle wax type, and following responsible burning rules, your scented candles will be sure to provide you with a pleasant atmosphere and make your space smell like a vacation.

Taking the time to select the perfect scented candle can really take your home’s atmosphere to the next level. From selecting quality fragrances to finding the best wax for superior performance, there are various elements that go into creating an enjoyable experience when using scented candles. While paraffin used to be the popular choice for making candles, coconut wax is now becoming one of the preferred options due its sustainability and excellent scent throw capabilities. With proper burn techniques, you can get hours of enjoyment from your scented candles and elevate your living space to a whole new level. So choose coconut wax for your next candle-making adventure and enjoy the warm, delightful aroma of paradise in your home!


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