If you received a few scented candles over the holidays, you probably want to make them last as long as possible. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips as I’ve learned … if you’re careful, they can last for quite a while.

The type of candle determines how long it can last. If you have a choice, opt for candles made from soy wax or beeswax as they will last the longest time.

One of the easiest ways to make your candles last longer is to store them in the freezer. By freezing them, the wax becomes harder and ultimately burns slower. Just be sure to place it back in the freezer when you’re done burning it to extend the life the next time you light it.

If you do choose to freeze your candle, you might notice that the wick is harder to light afterward. If that’s the case, wrap the wick in tin foil before you freeze it next time. The tin foil will help keep the moisture away from the wick. Remove the candle from the freezer, remove the tin foil, and then, light your candle as you would normally.

Another trick to help make your candles last longer is to trim your wick. If your candle burns unevenly, it will burn faster. If you keep the wick trimmed to 1/4″ the wax will melt at a more even rate and last longer.

Another easy trick you can use is to add salt to your candle. Salt serves the same purpose as putting your candle in the freezer and will slow the rate that your candle will burn. While your candle is still liquid after burning it, add a few shakes of iodized table salt to the melted wax. When the wax solidifies, the salt will be suspended in the wax. The next time you burn it, the candle will burn more slowly.

So, if you want to make your candles last longer, try a few of these easy tricks. If you plan on freezing your candles, be careful that the glass jar does not crack if you have jar candles. Glass will break much more easily after it’s frozen than at room temperature. And, let it come to room temperature slightly before you light your candle.