If you're a candle lover, this guide is for you! Whether you're a candle connoisseur or just starting your candle obsession, you definitely want to invest in candle accessories that will help you get the most out of your candles. These accessories serve to not only maximize the life of your candles, but also improve the overall burn and fragrance performance. Discover how to use each one to optimize your candle-burning experience!
As its name implies, a wick trimmer allows you to safely and easily trim the wick of your candle. After each burn, you should always trim the candle wick so it is approximately 1/4" in length. A wick that is too long will cause the wick to mushroom, encouraging soot to form around the interior of the candle vessel and emission of black smoke. Moreover, an untrimmed wick can also cause a candle to burn at too high a temperature, causing the candle to burn unnecessarily faster and even affecting the fragrance quality.
Diptyque Candle Wick Trimmer ($40 USD)
A wick dipper is a long stem with an angled end that enables you to dip the lit wick into the melted was surface to extinguish the flame. Doing this immediately extinguishes the flame without the production of smoke and soot (which occurs when using a candle snuffer or blowing out the candle). Moreover, the wick becomes recoated in wax, which can effectively extend the life of your candle. Tip: use the wick dipper to recenter the wick and stack the wick back upright.
Santa Barbara Hives Candle Wick Dipper ($9)
A candle snuffer is an accessory used to extinguish a burning candle safely and effectively, characterized by a metal ball-shaped cone with a long candle. Instead of blowing out a candle, which can cause soot to fall into the hot wax or the wax to move thus creating an uneven burn surface, snuffers distinguish candles cleanly.
Voluspa Gold Candle Wick Snuffer ($24 USD)
Between the environmental benefits and safer approach to lighting a candle, you need to invest in an electric lighter—they're a total game changer. Unlike conventional lighters, which use gas for fuel and are one-time-use, electric lighters are rechargeable and run on electricity. They're also sleek and aesthetically pleasing.
Aomeily USB Rechargable Candle Lighter ($13)