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Candle Memory


Controlling or manipulating the "memory" of a candle, as it's commonly understood, can be challenging because it's a property of the candle wax itself. The idea that a candle has "memory" means that it tends to burn as it did during its first use, even if you extinguish it earlier. Here are some tips for managing a candle's memory:


First Burn: When you light a new candle, it's important to allow it to burn until the wax pool reaches the edges of the candle. This helps establish the candle's "memory." If you extinguish it before the wax pool reaches the edges, it may tunnel, creating a narrow channel down the centre of the candle and potentially wasting wax.


Trim the Wick: Keep the wick of the candle trimmed to about 1/4 inch (6 mm) before each use. This prevents the flame from getting too large, which can lead to uneven melting and a larger wax pool.


Burn Time: Try to burn the candle for a sufficient amount of time each time you light it. A candle requires time to establish its memory. If you only burn it for a few minutes, it may not develop a full, even wax pool.


Even Surface: Ensure the candle is placed on a level, heat-resistant surface. If the candle is tilted, it can result in uneven wax melting and affect the candle's memory.


Extinguishing: When extinguishing the candle, use a snuffer or gently blow out the flame. Avoid blowing the candle out with force, as it can cause wax to splatter or the wick to move, disrupting the candle's memory.


Multiple Uses: Consistently follow these guidelines for the first few burns of the candle. Over time, as the candle establishes its memory, it should continue to burn evenly to the edge of the container.


Keep in mind that not all candles will exhibit this "memory" effect, and the degree to which it occurs can vary based on the type and quality of the candle. By following these tips, you can encourage a candle to burn evenly and make the most of it.

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