High-quality scented candles add many desirable elements to your home, including a fragrant aroma, visual beauty and overall ambiance. To ensure that you get the most out of your scented candle investment, it is important to follow a few tips. If you pay attention to your wicks, how you store your candles and the way you extinguish them, your candles are bound to last for quite some time.

Scented candles are more than just a lump of wax with chemicals mixed in. They are delicately balanced in terms of the fragrance and burn characteristics. If you store your candles improperly, you risk interfering with one of these properties. Keep your scented candles in a cool, dry and dark space. If you see beads of moisture on a candle's wax, it has been stored improperly, and the fragrance is likely to suffer.

Before you light your candle for the first time, trim the wick to around 1/4 inch. This keeps the flame from becoming too large and burning the wax at too high a rate. It is also important to periodically trim down your wick as the candle burns for the same reason. 

When you want to extinguish your candle, always use a snuffer. Blowing out the candle sometimes scatters liquid wax and inevitably leads to an excess of smoke that ruins the fragrance of the room.

By following proper storage, use and extinguishing techniques, you maximize the life of your candles. Remember to keep your candle lit for at least a few hours every time you burn it. If the entire top layer does not liquefy, you risk burning a tunnel into the candle, which wastes all the exterior wax.