Important Candle Advice
These are important tips and tricks for the new and veteran candle owner.
As always follow the instructions on the burn label and here are a few others:
Tips & Tricks For Candle Owners
Candles may seem easy enough to maintain, which is technically true, but here’s some tips to help you get the best life out of your new candle!
Of course, not doing all of these will still result in a wonderfully fragrant candle, but we suggest trying some of these out to help extend the life and overall scent of your candle.
After bringing home your new candle and removing all excess packaging, make sure to read the brief yet crucial safety label on the bottom of your container/candle. Place it in a safe environment, free from drafts, away from pets and children, and away from flammable materials such as curtains, tablecloths, papers, etc.
Never leave your candle unattended.
The First Burn
Your first burn really sets the life of the candle, creating the proper burn pool to ensure the best results.
The first burn should be no less than three hours and no longer than four hours, particularly for a three inch across candle. This helps to create a properly wide burn pool to avoid something called tunneling, which will ruin the life of your candle.
You want to burn a candle for one hour per inch of width. For example, a three inch wide candle should be burned for three hour increments.
Another optional tip would be to turn your candle in a ¼ turn in the same direction once every hour. This alters the air currents affecting the candle, helping to make sure it all burns evenly. This elongates the life of your candle even more.
Tunneling is a problem caused by an improper burn cycle which creates a burn pool that is much too small for the candle. This happens when you burn a candle for only one hour or less increments, not allowing the burn pool enough time to fully melt out to the edges. Doing this over and over creates a tunnel effect going downwards in your candle. This will greatly shorten the life of the candle and cause it to be unable to be burned in the future.
However, this problem is fixable! To fix your tunneled candle, you will have to melt the wax so that it will become level again and essentially let you start over with your burn cycles. To do this, place your container/ jar candle on a cookie sheet in the oven at 150 – 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 – 30 minutes to allow the wax to soften and reset itself. After, you should be able to light and enjoy like normal!
This will not work with a standalone pillar, sorry. For a pillar you want to burn for an extended amount of time while keeping the wick in check. if it is a three inch candle you would normally bun three to four hours. However, if it is ‘tunneled’ then you will want to burn it considerably more for two or more burns to correct the problem and reverse the process. This will allow the candle to work down the walls and bring it back to its ideal shape!
Trimming the wick in your candle every time you burn it will prolong the life of your candle and eliminate any smoke. Smoke and nasty soot from candles comes purely from the wick being too long. To combat this, trimming your wick before you burn it every cycle will stop the smoke and help the life of the candle.
It will help your candle last longer by shrinking the flame, which is it’s only job is to melt the wax, not disperse scent, so that it doesn’t burn up and evaporate the reusable wax and scent in the burn pool.
Wicks should typically be kept to a ¼ inch above the surface of the candle. You’re all set for your first burn, but you’ll have to maintain all the following cycles. To trim the wick, any tool that will create a sharp, clean cut will work. We find that one of the best tools for this job are fingernail clippers! Of course scissors, wire cutters, and other tools of the like will also get the job done.
Everyone is used to blowing out candles when they’re done with their burn, but this is actually incorrect and can stop the candle from burning smoothly in the future. To properly extinguish a candle, the burning wick should be pushed into the liquid wax to put it out. This not only extinguishes it, but also prepares it for its next burn by re-coating it in wax! Another perk to this method is to help to avoid what we call blow-back. This is when hot, liquid wax gets accidentally blown out of the glass, possibly splattering onto you or your belongings, which nobody wants.
Wick dippers are tools specially designed for this, but other things can work, too! Anything long and thin that will be able to push the wick under the wax and pull it back up will work. This can be a paper clip bent to form a candy cane shape, a pencil or pen, a straw, or any other tool you deem fit. Just make sure it’s long enough to keep you from getting burned!
Never extinguish your candle with a lid or flammable material.
Capping a candle to extinguish it can be very dangerous because it traps the water vapor created by the candle. When this vapor gets trapped, lighting it again after opening it back up can possibly create an explosion.
Also, attempting to put out a candle with a flammable material may cause it to catch fire and create a hazard.
Remember, water and wax are not friends. Never use water or another liquid to extinguish your candle!