If you've purchased an specialty/handmade/natural wax candle, make sure you get the most out of your investment. I know it may sound silly, but there is a wrong way to burn candles. I've quickly written some tips to follow below, so not a drop of wax will go to waste.
All of Three Ravens container candles are made with 100% natural soy wax unless, by special request, it is substituted with white beeswax. Our Double Wick candles should be left to burn for at least 2 hours, or until the burn pool reaches all sides of the container. The burn pool is the layer of melted liquid wax. If you extinguished your candle too soon, it will start to form "tunnels". That is when un-melted wax is still stuck all over the sides of the container, and the wick becomes buried in the little tunnel that forms around it. I'm sure we've all had candles that do this. The solution is simply to let it warm up evenly. This will give you the best scent throw, and will allow your candle to burn evenly, last longer, and completely consume itself.
With the candle tins, you should apply the same logic. Wait until the burn pool reaches all sides of the container before extinguishing, adding in a reminder that tins become heated during use. Please always be sure to handle them only after giving them time to cool.
-An example of a clean burn, all the way to the bottom of the container. This one here is what yours should look like at the end of it's life, with no unused wax stuck to the sides.
Votives are truly meant as a refill type of candle, and always perform best/last much longer when placed in a votive container. You can purchase simple glass votive containers for as little as $.99 in most craft stores. Your candle should slide easily into the container, making complete contact with the sides. They will last just a few hours standing alone, but can last a few days when placed in the proper container.
All candles should be placed on a heat safe surface, and should be extinguished forever once there is less than 1/4 inch of wax left at the bottom. Keeping the wax free of debris and placing your candle out of direct drafts during it's use will also greatly reduce the risk of malfunction and fire hazard. Take extra care, especially if burning any candle for more than 3 hours!
I hope this was helpful info. I'm sure I've forgotten something! If you've got any questions for me, or a suggestion to offer, please feel free to comment bellow.