The First Burn
When you light your candle for the first time, always allow the wax to burn so that it melts across the entire surface to the edges and pools to the edges of the container. As was had a memory, this will effectively assist in preventing tunnelling and help promote an even burn for the duration of the candle's life.
Keep your wick trimmed!
Try to ensure that your wick is always kept to 5mm long at all times. We recommend trimming the wick every 4 hours of burn time. When trimming, always extinguish the flame with a candle sniffer, let the candle cool down to room temperature, remove any wick debris and trim the wick before relighting. This will help to encourage a more even burn, steady flame, and limit mushrooming & shooting of the wick.
Try to avoid burning candles for more than 4hrs hours in one sitting. We suggest that after burning a candle for 4 hours, you should allow the candle to cool for two hours before relighting.
Remember to also continually re-position your wick to keep it centred so as prevent the glass being exposed to heat from the wick flame.
Follow the half-inch wax rule
Always monitor the amount of remaining wax in a candle container. Once the wax falls below the half-inch mark (1.27 centimetres), discontinue use. The container can heat up when the flame nears the base of the jar and there is not much remaining wax. Following this rule will help prevent heat damage to the container and the surface surrounding the candle.
Extinguishing the Wick
To extinguish the candle flame, use a snuffer to carefully dip the wick into melted wax and then straighten to prevent smoking and prevent hot wax splatter. Try to avoid blowing candle flames out and do not extinguish with water as this can cause containers to break.
Spilt Wax Removal
If you accidentally spill candle wax, ensure that you let it harden so it can be easily removed in pieces. Cover it with paper towels, newspaper or similar spare material you have lying around and gently press with an iron on low heat. The spilt wax should melt and absorb into the paper.
Candles are meant to be enjoyed, but it is important that you follow some commonsense safety rules when burning them.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish all candles when you leave a room or before going to sleep.
- Follow the 2-foot rule - don't place a burning candle within two feet of clothing, books, curtains or anything flammable.
- Keep lit candles away from draughts, ceiling fans and any air currents. Any form of air current can cause uneven burning, smoking, diminish the scent throw and even decrease the burn time.
- Trim the wick to 5mm each time the candle is lit. This helps prevent the flame from getting too large.
- Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
- Place candle holders on a stable, heat-resistant surface that is sturdy and large enough to catch any melted wax.
- Always read and follow manufacturers' directions for use and safety, and extinguish a candle if the flame gets too close to the candle holder or container.
- Place burning candles at least 10cm apart from one another.
- A burning candle should not be used as a nightlight.
- A candle should not be burned for more than four hours at a time.
- Do not burn the candle if the container is cracked, chipped, scratched or damaged in any way.
- If the candle is burning correctly, it should be constant (not flickering), teardrop shaped and upright
Lastly, relax & enjoy your candle!!