The first burn of any candle should be long enough for the top layer of wax to liquefy. This will ensure an even burn for each light. Refrain from burning candles longer than 4 hours at a time, and never burn a candle when there is less than 1/4" wax at the base.
For optimal burning, use a wick trimmer to trim wicks to 1/4" before each light to avoid smoking and overheating. Use your wick snuffer to extinguish the flame and always make sure the wick is upright and centered.
Cap the candle after the wax is completely cooled to keep it fresh and free of dust.
Now light and enjoy your candle!