Essential Candle Maintainance: Top Tips With Diptyque

As somewhat of a candle addict, I’m constantly burning delicately fragranced jars of goodness around my home. They adorn almost every surface, sometimes in multiple, helping to create a comforting aroma and ambiance that gets me through the dull winter days. Although I’m a big fan of stocking up on cheap candles for the simple purpose of light, when it comes to longevity and a fragrance that’s second-to-none you really have to invest. Diptyque produce some amazing scents, which when paired with their vintage monochrome design makes them irresistible. However, when you’re spending £40.00 on a tub of wax, you want to get the most out of it and ensure you’re maintaining your candle in the most effective way possible. Having recently had my own candle disaster, it’s even more important for me to share with you the best tips for maintaining your candle and getting your moneys worth.

1. The First Burn: When you first light your candle, ensure it burns long enough to ensure the top layer of wax completely melts. This will be roughly 1-2 hours and will help your wax to burn evenly for the rest of its ‘life’ – if you don’t burn it to the edge of the glass then the wax ‘remembers’ how far it has burned to and will never burn beyond this distance. If you’ve ever had candles that ‘tunnel’ and only burn a little of the wax, creating a massive rim of unused candle, then this is why. If you ensure your first burn is perfect then not only will you minimise wax wastage, but keep your candle looking pretty until the very end.

2. Trim Your Wick: I’m guilty of not doing this enough, which is why my Diptyque candle below ended up in such a sorry state. If you leave the wick long as the wax burns, it will not only cause excess soot and potentially for the wax itself to be dirtied, but for the wick to become extremely hot and dangerous. The wick in my Jasmin candle pictured below became hard to control as I wasn’t maintaining it properly, causing the jar to become so hot the label melted. (Naughty LBQ.)

3. Maximum Burn Time: It’s always a good idea to keep burning time within three or four hours. This will ensure you’re able to cool the candle, trim the wick and prevent overheating of the glass container. If you keep a candle burning all night long, there’s a strong probability it will start generating soot and giving off an undersibable smell. Keep an eye on how your candles are performing and if you need to blow the flame out and give it a while, then don’t be scared to do so.

4. Know When It’s Finished: If, like me, you’re keen to get every last moment from your expensive candles then you may not know that it’s recommended to leave the last half inch in the jar. Burning to the very bottom can cause the glass to become extremely hot, potentially causing damage to the surface underneath and even causing burns if you try to pick it up or move it. The last little bit in the jar will never burn effectively either, as the wick will often be damaged beyond effective burning.

If you want to ensure you’re maintaining your candles effectively, then Diptyque have their very own super fancy wick trimmer which allows you to cut your wick safely and effectively. Unlike a pair of scissors which can sometimes struggle to cut something at an angle or with many layers, Diptyque’s trimmer slices through even the crustiest burnt wick with ease. It also features a rounded blade so as to catch the excess soot and ensure a clean finish; traditional scissors are unable to catch the sneaky black residue, so it often ends up back in the jar and tinting the wax. Although it may seem somewhat an extravagance, for someone that’s so obsessed with candles as me, I’m not sure how I ever managed without one before.

Do you have any top tips for maintaining your candles?

The Diptyque candles are available online via Space NK priced £40.00 The wick trimmer is also available via Space NK and Selfridges priced £18.00



  1. Jade Wimsey
    January 20, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    ooh dear that old Jasmine candle doesn't look too good, I've never considered trimming the wicks on my candles, Yankee candle jars are the worst in terms of how they burn in my opinion, they get so difficult to light when they get so far down the jar!JadeBeauty Butterfly | UK Beauty Blog

  2. Fisi ♥
    January 20, 2014 / 8:31 pm

    Such a helpful post, thank you! Had no idea trimming the wick made a difference x

  3. Carrie Richmond
    January 20, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    I'm very guilty of not trimming the wick on my candle and I also didn't know that I shouldn't burn all the way to the bottom. Consider my knuckles rapped and I will behave myself from now on!CazmosWorld

    • UKPurplePanther
      December 19, 2014 / 2:05 am

      LoLI feel like a kid in a sweet shop… many candles to choose from now I know how to get the best out of them !

  4. Teffy Perk
    January 20, 2014 / 9:33 pm

    I actually never knew there was so much to lighting a candle!! Such good info. {Teffy's Perks} X

    • UKPurplePanther
      December 19, 2014 / 2:04 am

      Good ole Google will tell you how to do practically anything. I was shocked to find out that at 47 yrs old I have been getting frustrated with candles because I wasn't maintaining them and looking after them !

  5. Fernanda
    January 20, 2014 / 10:04 pm

    Oooh, I had no idea that's what damaged the label like that! Thanks so much for sharing these precious tips! xx

  6. Boudoir And Other Things
    January 21, 2014 / 7:28 am

    Thanks for this helpful post!!

  7. Hayley Carr
    January 24, 2014 / 10:39 am

    I'm really glad you enjoyed the post and I was able to share some new information! Candle maintenance is more important than you think ; )

  8. Meg Says
    November 4, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    I just purchased my first ever Diptyque candle (I went for Baies!) and stumbled upon this post whilst searching for some tips on how to maintain it. I wish I'd read it sooner as I lit the candle for the first time last night and only burnt it a little bit before blowing it out, I'm now burning it to the rim and hoping I can salvage it! I definitely need to invest in a candle trimmer, I can see lots more candles in my future – they make such a difference to your home and wellbeing.Meg at Meg Says

    • UKPurplePanther
      December 19, 2014 / 2:01 am

      I would be very interested to know how many hours burn time you get from your delightful Diptyque candle ?

  9. UKPurplePanther
    December 19, 2014 / 1:59 am

    Hi….I have read that blowing candles out / snuffing them out is not a good idea because you will get a load of smelly soot in the room. Apparently you should use a "wick dipper". This basically pushes the wick quickly into the wax and then pulls it back up again. After watching this procedure on YouTube, I think it's a brilliant idea…..not only does it prevent the black soot syndrome, it also protects the wick from drying out. Just ordered wick trimmer and dipper from here: to get me some nice smelling candles.Diptyque produce some magnificent scents that last all day….I expect their candles are just as good. But £40 ? How many hours do you get from those candles ?

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