I have some votives where I used some clean looking wax from a local beekeeper. The first time I burned the votive, it burned well. However, the second time I had trouble even getting it to light, let alone staying lit! Could this be dirty wax?
If you did not dunk the wick in the melt pool when extinguishing it, it may have burned too much (glowing wick continues to burn) and therefore is difficult to light now. Try dunking the wick next time to extinguish it and you will prefer it.
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