To help ensure you enjoy experiencing it as much as we enjoyed creating it, here’s a few top tips that we’ve learned down the years:
CANDLE CARE TIPS
- Believe it or not wax has memory which it learns on each and every burn how to behave. For the first burn, make sure the pool of melted wax reaches the edges of your candle before you snuff the flame. You should generally aim for the wax pool to be about 1cm deep at the edges or burn for approx 4 hrs before putting it out. Following your first burn, avoid lighting your candle for short periods of time to avoid this later on. Burning for longer periods of 4 hrs will cause carbon to build up on the wick resulting in the wick “mushrooming’.
- Keep your candle/burner away from any drafts
- Keep the wax pool free of debris and wick trimmings. Debris in wax can act as a secondary wick.
- Trim candle wicks to ¼ inch before each use. Long wicks cause unburned carbon particles otherwise known as sooting, flickering flames and an uneven burn.
- Never burn a candle for more than 4hrs and extinguish if it repeatedly smokes, flickers or the flame becomes too high. Burning your candle for long periods of time can cause carbon to collect on the wick.
- If the wick is looking like a mushroom then there is an excess of carbon on it which can build up during burning. This can cause the wick to become unstable, the flame to get too large releasing soot into the air and around the candle jar. If it happens it's very easy to resolve. When you put out your candle and let it cool, trim the wick removing the mushroom.
- Don't burn your candle all the way down, leave ½ inch of wax in the bottom. This ensures that the wick remains vertical and that the burn stays under control the whole time.
- Place burning candles 10cm apart from one another. This will help stop the candles melting each other or creating their own drafts which would cause uneven and improper burning.
- Use a snuffer to put out your burning candle, never use water to put out the flame. The snuffer helps to avoid problems associated with blowing out hot wax.
- Candle tunneling can occur when a candle burns down the centre leaving hard wax around the outside. This wasted wax means your candle won’t achieve it’s maximum burn-time. As the flame burrows further down the middle, the wick will become difficult to light and eventually be drowned by melting wax. The first time you light your candle really sets the stage for how well the candle will perform. Allow the pool of melted wax to reach the edge of your candle jar before extinguishing. Normally 1hr per inch in diameter will allow tunneling to be avoided.