Updated: Mar 31, 2021
Candle hugging for beeswax candles has been a long tradition, and you’d best make it a habit. Let me explain why.
What is “candle hugging”?
Apart from being a cute concept, candle hugging is a candle care technique suitable for (beeswax) pillar candles. Its aim is to encourage the flame to consume all the wax available, without leaving a tall mantle around the wick. By using this technique, you will make sure that you make the most of your beeswax candle. It will burn more evenly, and you will prevent the wax leaking out.
How to hug your candle
I like to hug my candles immediately after I dip the wick to extinguish them. The wax is hot and malleable, so it is easy to do. Once you blow the candle out, gently push the tall wax walls towards the middle (towards the wick). By doing this every time, you’ll make sure all of your candle wax gets consumed.
Even though you don’t have to be afraid to touch the wax mantle once you’ve blown out your candle, do exercise some caution. Touch and push the wax gently, use minimum force necessary. Don’t make any abrupt movements, just try and experiment with each candle type. Practice makes perfect!
I recommend making candle hugging a habit, so that it doesn’t cost you any mental energy, and your candles burn optimally every single time.
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