Recently, I indulged in some Diptyque candles. It’s hard to imagine that I literally burn about $10 worth of candle just about every day, but that’s why I feel it is so important to get my money’s worth.
I had not heard of the term “a clean burn” until I ventured into WoodWick Candle land, and they recommend always burning their candles for a minimum of 3 hours to achieve a clean burn. I’m sorry, what? Ok, so a clean burn is what happens when you burn a candle long enough that the top of the candle is evenly liquified. When this happens, it will solidify evenly as well, and create an even, flat top of the candle until its next use.
Apparently candles have memory and not burning it for at least 2 hours on the first burn will not allow it to create the proper “memory” of burning all of the wax and creating a melt pool. IDK. I just know to burn until its all liquid. Otherwise you end up with tunneling. Tunneling is when all the unburned wax from your first few burns becomes pretty much permanent and it occurs all the way down to the bottom. Well, not only do you lose tons of money (I’m thinking like half the cost of the candle in bad cases), but the tunnel eventually blocks off all the oxygen getting to the wick. In case yall forgot high school chemistry, you need oxygen to create and maintain fire.
Then you just end up with this mess: