I first discovered Yankee Candles when I was 16 years old, spending a good chunk of my weekly McDonald's paycheck on new scents. As you might have already guessed, I've always been drawn to food scents, with Buttercream, Pumpkin Pie, and Macintosh being among my favorites.
If only I could go back in time and share these tips for making candles last longer with my teenage self. I might have saved myself at least a little bit of money on my candle habit!
5 Ways To Make Candles Last Longer
Start with a quality candle. Cheap candles skimp on the fragrances and have a tendency to burn unevenly, so this is one item where I've found it pays to spend a little extra.
Trim the wick. Keep your wick trimmed to 1/8" at all times, including before the first time you burn your candle. You can purchase a special wick trimmer for this purpose, or save yourself some cash and just pick up an inexpensive pair of nail clippers to dedicate to this task.
Let the wax pool. Each time you burn your candle, allow the entire top layer to become a fragrant pool of liquid wax to get the biggest, boldest scent possible.
Burn it safely. Always burn your candle on a heat resistant surface, keep it out of drafts, and NEVER leave it unattended while lit. Drafty locations can result in uneven burning and "tunneling", when your candle burns straight down the center along the wick, leaving the outer wax unmelted.
Know When To Say Goodbye. When only 1/2" of wax remains, it's time to let your candle go and try a new scent!
One trick that I often see shared that I would NOT recommend for making your candles last longer is refrigerating/freezing them. On the surface it seems pretty safe, but the wax can crack, creating uneven burning -- or even worse, the glass jar can crack from the shock of the flame.
Using these tips will make your candles last longer, saving you money in the long run, but now you can also pick up your favorite Yankee Candle scents for a steal at Walmart! The new American Home by Yankee Candle line is a Walmart exclusive with 20 amazing fragrances (including Buttercream Frosting!!!).
With prices ranging from $1.43 for a 1.75-oz. sampler votive to $14.93 for the large 19-oz. apothecary jars or 2-wick tumblers, you can pick up high-quality candles without emptying your wallet.
While I still adore the classic apothecary jars that I scooped up as a teen, my new fave are these gorgeous, sleek and modern tumblers. The come in three sizes, and they last for-evah! The smallest size has a 20-30 hour burn time, and the medium and large clock in at 40-60 and 70-90 respectively.
American Home by Yankee Candle Quick Purchase Links:
Votive Candle Samplers, $1.43
Fragrance Beads, $3.43
Small Tumbler Candle, $4.93
Medium Apothecary Jar Candle, $10.93
Medium 2-Wick Tumbler Candle, $10.93
Large Apothecary Jar Candle, $14.93
Large 2-Wick Tumbler Candle, $14.93
Which American Home by Yankee Candle fragrance do you plan to purchase first? I want to try the Banana Walnut Bread, mmm...