To get the most out of your candle and keep it burning for longer, follow these simple candle care tips. Then sit back, relax, get a mug of hot tea and enjoy that gorgeous aroma!
Make sure to burn your candle for 2-3 hours the first time, or until the melt pool reaches the edges of the jar
The first time you light your candle, keep it going until you have a completely melted layer of wax on the top. This will prevent the candle from ‘tunelling’ down the middle and means you’ll get a clean, even burn without a ton of wasted wax on the side. However, it’s best not to burn it for longer than 4 hours.
Trim the wick
If your wick is looking a little long and lumpy after use, trim it down to around 1cm. A wick that’s too long can cause abnormally tall flames.
Dealing with a lumpy wick
Sometimes you might find that your wick has gotten a bit lumpy. This is
To deal with this, simply knock or pinch the lumps off.
Dealing with a drowning wick
Though this is unlikely to happen, if you find that your flame is very small and drowning in a large pool of liquid wax, you can simply pour some of the melted wax out into the bin.
Cleaning up sooting
While you shouldn’t get too much sooting, having black smears on the side of your jar doesn’t look great, and can be easily cleaned off with some damp cloth.
Keep your melt pool free of debris
The ‘melt pool’ of a candle is the liquid wax you see on the surface, which widens the longer the candle burns. Keep this melt pool free of objects. While you might be tempted to drop in some dried botanicals or glitter for that #aesthetic, this isn’t a great idea as it can be a fire hazard and affects how the candle burns.
Some general safety tips
Never leave a burning candle unattended
Always burn in a well-ventilated room
Don’t light your candle in draughty spaces, as wind can affect how it burns
Keep out of reach of pets or children
Don’t burn close to flammable objects