Autumn is approaching and lighting a candle or two will make your home feel instantly cosy. Here's how to make them last longer...

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Image: Victoria Cator 

We spoke to interior designer and founder of candle brand, Victoria Cator on how to make candles last a little longer.

1. Always burn your candles on an even surface, away from drafts and burn for maximum of 4 hours. If you keep the candle burning for longer than that, then hot wax can build up which can cause a scented candle to lose its fragrance more quickly.

2. Choose a 4 wick candle where possible, as this gives an even burn and prevents any hollowing. Wicks that are made of cotton allow them to burn with the candle which means that the wick doesn't need to be trimmed.

3. Fresh air from a partially open window allows for good circulation and an even throw of scent from the burning candle, helping the candle to circulate around the room and ensure your room is filled with the fragrance.

4. Let the candle cool down before lighting again. Most candles can take up to 2 hours to completely cool down for both safety reasons and to allow you to trim the wick if necessary. Trimming the wick will allow for a gorgeous bright flame and ensure for even burning.

5. Reuse the jar. Candles are often housed in beautiful jars so it would be a shame to simply throw them away.

Good Homes top tip: "Clean out your empty jars and use to store your bathroom accessories. Or, use on your desk to store your stationery."

 
Do you have any candle hacks? Let us know by tweeting us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page.

 

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