Candle Safety & Burning Tips
- Trim the wick – BEFORE – EACH - BURN
Every time you want to burn your candle, start by trimming the wick to 5mm. No matter what you do, always trim. The easiest and proper way is to use a specialized wick trimmer.
First, trimmed wicks will give you a cleaner and brighter burn. Untrimmed wicks are a lot more likely to take on a weird mushroom-ish shape that dulls and obscures the flame.
And second, too long wicks are a top cause of those terrible smoky stains called ‘candle sooting’ that end up on your beautiful glass container candles. Trimming the wick keeps the flame in control and prevents those dark marks from forming in the first place.
- Let the wax melt all the way across
The first burn is especially important. Burn candle for 2 hours on the first burn, and up to 1 hour every burn after. (Always look at the CLP label on the bottom of your candle for more info.) It takes patience, but if you melt the wax all the way across every time, we guarantee our candles will be long lasting. On that note, the surface of the candle will stay flat and the sides of the glass container will stay clean all the way down until the candle is finished. Please do not burn a candle for longer than indicated on the manufacturer's instructions. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that waxes, and other organic materials go through when the wax is overheated - it affects aroma and colour.
How do I achieve clean & even melt pool?
Once your candle is lit, do not snuff it out (and please never blow it out) until the top layer of wax has melted all the way across. This might take couple of hours — so don't start burning a candle at all unless you have time to spare.
Whenever you do not achieve a full melt pool, you are contributing to a process that is called ‘tunnelling’. The wicks start to sink lower and lower, and a tunnel will form around each wick of the candle. Always lit all wicks at the same time.
Eventually, the tunnel will grow so deep that it will be difficult to light the wick at all. More importantly, all that unmelted wax on the sides represents hours of a lovely scent and burn time you purchased but it will not ever get utilized.
- Buy multi-wick candles
I know from my personal experience that it is hard to find enough time to let the wax melt all the way across.
Buy a candle with two or more wick candle. Always light all the wicks at once. More wicks - more heat, which leads to an even heat distribution. It will make a candle last longer, and not just because these candles are usually larger, but because the heat does not go straight through the middle, as it does with a single wick candle. Instead, it burns all the wax evenly.
Most people assume that if you light all 3 wicks, the candle will burn faster due to their being three heat sources. However, this is not true. The heat reaches all the way to the edges of the candle, which makes it burn longer than a single wick candle would.
Bear in mind, never to burn a candle for more than 2 hours at a time. Firstly, glass may become hot, so do not try to move the candle while it is lighted. And secondly, if you decide to burn your candle for longer than indicated on the manufacturer's instructions, you will overheat the wax and it will oxidise.
- Make sure the wax has fully solidified between each burning
After you blow out your candle, allow the wax to cool down and solidify before re-lighting. That can take a few hours.
In simple words, to get the longest burn time and a full and consistent fragrance throw throughout burning. Re-solidifying helps to maintain the life of your candle.
- Keep the flame away from a draught
Do your best to keep your lit candle away from moving air - open windows, fans, air conditioners or from areas where people walk back and forth a lot. Moving air may disturb the flame, causing rapid, uneven burning, and sooting. Do not burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire.
- Never leave your candle unattended
Always use on a level, heat resistant surface. Do not move burning candle. Glass may become hot. Do not place candles near a source of heat. Use a decorative candle snuffer to extinguish candle’s flame safely and efficiently.
- Discharge candle when 5mm of wax remains
Know when to say goodbye. We never like to see the end of our favourite fragrance, but once your candle wax is 5mm from the bottom of the glass container you should no longer use it. Time to find a new favourite!
- Cleaning & After Use
Before you either reuse or recycle container remove any residual wax first. To remove any remaining wax, put the candle container in the freezer. Once the wax freezes, wax shrinks back down, it is easy to take out. Our candle containers are made of glass and can be easily recycled. Candle wax isn’t recyclable. Candle wax can be thrown away into a general waste bin.
Remember, a lighted candle is an open flame. Be careful. Always follow the basic rules of fire safety when burning candles. You can find all instruction and pictograms in our CLP label at the bottom of your glass candle container.