Womanista Decor: How to Burn A New Candle

I recently spent a weekend at the beach with some fabulously savvy and lovely bloggers (Yes, I’m talking about YOU AnnieBlogs, Lyndsights, & Loom Decor!) I also bought a new candle. You’re probably thinking, “cool story, Womanista [insert sarcasm]…” But anyway, after my candle purchase, the aforementioned blogger lovelies (I’ll call them Blogglies!) were super-impressed by a candle-burning trick that I thought everyone knew!!

Apparently, not…so I shall now divulge a helpful little detail when burning a candle for the first time:

You have to let it burn all the way to the edge of the candle before blowing it out, the first time you burn it. If not, the candle will only burn as far as you burn it the first time, every other time you light it.

And that’s it! So simple!

But for a candle-obsessed womanista like me, this can save you hundreds on candles, not to mention countless sad-faces when you discover that your favorite candle you’ve burned only a few times is now kaput.

On that note, I’ll leave you with a list of my top 5 favorite candles:

1. LAFCO “Beach House”: If you want to reminisce about a sunny, salty, sea-filled beach vacation, simply light this candle and take a deep breath. It’s magic and glorious.

2. Capri Blue Mercury Glass Jar Candle (in volcano scent!): Gorgeous, illuminating jar. Amazing scent. Need I say more?

3. Vance Kitira “Timber” pillar: These are classic, pillar candles that burn so slowly. They also have a cool antique feeling to them that looks chic with any decor.

4. Voluspa “Ambre Lumiere”: This is the sexiest, woodsy, most masculine scent. If Don Draper were a candle, he would be this one. Swoon!

5. Target “Red Velvet Cupcake”: I’m going to give you a warning with this one. It MAY lead you to crave a cupcake. It smells like the most sugary sweet confection!

Happy candle-burning, womanistas!

xo, the Womanista

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9 Responses to “Womanista Decor: How to Burn A New Candle” Subscribe

  1. Abby July 24, 2012 at 3:42 am #

    I bought a new candle the other day just so I could test this out. I’m so glad I won’t be wasting candles anymore!

  2. Sarah June 28, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    I did NOT know that! Huh… Great tip!

    • Woman June 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Cool, huh? Thanks for reading, Sarah!

  3. Keely Marie Scott June 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    You had me at the Dry Shampoo Post. But now the Candle Trick! Never knew. . . Here’s to long burning candles! Love that I found your blog!

    • Woman June 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm #

      Hey Keely! So glad you found womanista, too!

  4. brittany smith June 26, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Never knew this! and I love volcano!!!!! I will be trying that target one though! thanks ;-)

  5. Abby June 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Whoa, I never realized! As I think back over all my candle-burning, this makes perfect sense, though. Does this work for pillar candles as well as jar candles?

    • Woman June 26, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      Hey Abby! It does work for pillar candles as well. Just let them burn as far as they can before blowing them out. xo

  6. AnnieBlogs June 26, 2012 at 3:08 am #

    You have changed my candle-burning life forever, Womanista. :)

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