A Candle's Care
10 Tips to Make Your Candles Last
Following these candle care instructions will help prevent candle tunneling and ensure a long-lasting candle with a great scent throw.
# 1 Avoid candles made with:
All candles are not the same. You should avoid candles made with paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is a by-product of crude oil refinement that contains toxins and carcinogens that can pollute indoor air. Opt instead for a candle made from coconut wax, soy wax, or beeswax. All of our candles are our own proprietary blend of soy and beeswax!
# 2 Choose a candle with a natural wick.
Sadly, candles made with lead core wicks are not adequately regulated in the United States even though they are highly toxic and illegal to manufacture. Make sure your wick is made from natural materials such as wood, cotton, or hemp. We use organic hemp wicks!
# 3 Keep your wicks trimmed to 1/4 inch
Trimming the wick of a candle keeps it fresh! Keeping the candle wick trimmed will undoubtedly prolong its life. Before you light a candle, you should always trim the wick. We trim the wicks for you when we ship your order. Simply light and enjoy!
Does trimming the wicks really make a difference? Candles burned at a hotter, faster pace if the wick is not trimmed. As a result, the wax is consumed quicker. A long wick is more likely to flicker and move as it burns, resulting in an uneven melting pool.
# 4 Trim the wick using a candle wick trimmer
Place the wick trimmer so that the base is almost flush with the candle surface. Hold the candle wick trimmer at a 45-degree angle to make sure the wick is 1/4 inch long. Close the two handles together to trim the wick. Do not allow the wick trimming to fall into the candle (if it does, blow it out carefully). Remove the wick trimming from the candle before lighting. Be sure to always trim your wick to the ideal length before lighting.
# 5 Burn for the proper amount of time
What is the best way to prevent tunneling? You may not be aware that candles have memories. The candles remember how big the wax pool was when they melted. Suppose you light a candle to see how it smells and then blow it out 15 minutes later. A small ring will form in the middle. When you light the candle again, it will only melt to that ring, creating a tunnel. That's what's called the memory pool.
# 6 The four-hour rule
Because you become accustomed to the fragrance of a candle after burning it for more than four hours, the scent throw may be reduced. The candle wick may also mushroom due to excessive carbon buildup. The flame will grow very high when a wick mushrooms. It is also possible that the wax will heat up too much and rupture the container.
This is not a rule to be broken!
To burn a candle throughout the day, extinguish the flame properly after 4 hours, then allow the wax to cool and harden. The candle wick can be trimmed and re-lit to enjoy for another few hours.
# 7 Putting out a candle flame correctly
The act of blowing out a candle can release an unpleasant smell and can also cause debris to fall inside the candle. The scent of the candle will linger if you use a candle snuffer or wick dipper to put out the flame instantly, since smoke will be minimal or nonexistent. Put the bell-shaped candle snuffer over the flame, close to the surface of the melted wax, and use it to extinguish the flame. When you've extinguished the flame, use a wick dipper to straighten the wick so that it doesn't dry bent (you can also use it to center the wick if necessary). The candle wick will be straight, centered, and ready for trimming before the next burn.
# 8 When this happens, stop using the candle
Once a candle burns down to less than 1/2 inches, extinguish it and do not use it again. In cases where a candle isn't put out before its wax depletes, heat from the direct flame may burn the metal tab of the wick or the container's bottom. This could crack the container and damage anything near the candle.
#9 Avoid drafts
Avoid burning candles near open windows, fans, or drafty areas. A candle flame can dance, smoke, bend, or even burn higher with the breeze. This can lead to an uneven burn and unsafe conditions.
#10 Avoid uneven surfaces
Always burn a candle on a level surface. This reduces the risk of a fire if the candle falls. Choose a surface that is out of reach if you have a pet or little one at home. You can also burn candles on a decorative plate or tray.
How should candles be stored?
Candles should be stored away from direct sunlight, as obvious as that may seem. The linen closet is the best place to store them. Storage cabinets and drawers also work well. These places are cool, dry, and far from heat and sunlight.
What should I do if I spill wax?
The low melting point of soy wax makes it easy to clean. In the event of a large spill, wait until it hardens and carefully scrape up the excess wax. A plastic putty knife works well for this. Simply wash it with hot, soapy water afterwards.