Trim Your Wick!

Todays product review falls in to the ‘You won’t believe you lived without this thing you never knew you needed’ category. I’ve heard of people using ‘wick trimmers’ before and I think I’d even seen one or two but I had chalked them up as entirely unnecessary nonsense purchases until ‘the big smoke of 15’. I do trim my candle wicks occasionally because people have mentioned to me that I should as a large flame in a candle is ‘dangerous’ but it gets trickier to do in an almost empty, large jar and so I hadn’t bothered for a while. I was cooking dinner and Lee was complaining about the smoke which I assumed was coming from the kitchen but later learned was coming from the candle.. and entirely filling the room with soot. It was FILTHY! I still have marks on my laptop which was nowhere near the open flame so I dread to think what would happen if I took a wet cloth to my walls!! When we moved house a couple of months ago I learned a little about the sooty residue candles could leave everywhere but nothing to this extent and I didn’t change my behaviour so a larger lesson was sent my way. I get it now!

I saw this Yankee wick trimmer in an outlet store and picked one of for both myself and my Mum and I have honestly used mine every day since I got it. I’m not saying you need a branded one but I do believe it’s better than scissors alone if you can find a fit for purpose trimmer on eBay or some such. I have the above set up so I chop the wick and dispose of both it and my matches in an upturned Yankee lid hidden behind my current burning fragrances. It might seem like a strange thing to share but the difference it makes is insane, I trim it as close to the wax as possible and it’s such a clean burn, never any soot around the glass or smoke from the flame.. I think if someone had explained the merits to me I may have listened sooner to the many people that have been telling me off (usually in YouTube comments) for years! Oh and side note, the candle lasts longer because the flame isn’t unnecessarily huge and burning the wax away faster.. if you’re a candle lover you DO need this gizmo!

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Miss BB



  1. 28 September, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    I can’t count the times I’ve tried to get a pair of scissors in to a half empty Yankee jar to trim the wick! Never thought to just buy a specially designed tool haha. x

    Megan |

  2. 28 September, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    This post is so useful because many people don’t know they have to trim the wick of their candles regularly as they burn them. I do it most times, and it does make a difference as you say! I use scissors, I didn’t know wick trimmers existed – I’ll get one in the future, thanks for sharing that!

    Julia xx
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  3. Emma
    28 September, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    I haven’t heard of this tool before but it sounds super useful! X
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  4. 28 September, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    I didn’t even know you had to trim candle wicks?! Thank you so much for sharing, I’ve learnt something new and very relevant today!xx

  5. Dani
    29 September, 2015 / 3:49 am

    I noticed several months ago that when I blew my nose, the mucus was black! D: It took me forever to connect it to my obsessive candle burning, and when I did it totally freaked me out. Am I really breathing in THAT much soot, and if so, what is it doing to my lungs and the rest of my body??! YUCK. I stopped burning candles for a while after that & recently started up again, but I (like you) clearly didn’t learn my lesson the first time because I still don’t have a wick trimmer. On the wish list now for sure!!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      1 October, 2015 / 10:48 pm

      that is HORRIFYING!!!

  6. 29 September, 2015 / 10:37 am

    I’ve never heard of this trick before. I love Yankee Candles (we currently have Fireside Treats burning) and I’m forever cleaning the soot from the rim of the jar so I think I’ll have to start trimming the wick.

    Hollie 🙂

  7. 29 September, 2015 / 11:38 am

    I have never heard of a wick trimmer before?? How interesting! The seems like such a good idea as my Spice Orange candle has started to go all sooty too.

    Roxie x
    The Beautiful Bluebird

  8. 29 September, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Such a brilliant idea, I always try to use scissors but it’s so difficult! Definately need to invest in one of these 🙂 xx

  9. 1 October, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    Even though I know loads about wick trimming, I don’t actually own one! Even though it would make my life a hell of a lot easier. I just end up using my long scissors to cut the wick, and once I even used my nail clippers. That was pretty awkward…

    But my boyfriend has the Yankee Candle wick trimmer and it’s amazing! I need to pick myself one up when I can.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      1 October, 2015 / 10:48 pm

      I LOVE that your boyfriend has this but you don’t, lol

  10. Angela
    14 October, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    So that’s what I have been doing wrong! Off to find one now…X

  11. 17 November, 2015 / 6:34 am

    Ooh, I’ve never come across a specific tool for trimming wicks. Like you did, I just use regular scissors and give up when it’s half-way down the jar. I’ll be on the look-out for one now as the soot really is quite concerning!

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