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Candle Care 101: 6 Tips to get the best experience with your candles.

Updated: Oct 31, 2022

Two well burning candles

Fall is upon us, and that means crockpot dinners, cozy sweaters, and candles..candles...candles! It's not often that we think about the best ways to burn a candle other than place it away from objects (...and kids) and blow it out before you leave the house. However, we have a few tips and tricks we want to share to keep your new candle burning brightly and safely.

Tip #1 - Keep the candle in sight at all times ('obviously')

Besides the obvious reason of safety, keeping your candle in sight will help you to better see how the candle is performing. You will be able to move the candle if it's too close to a draft or on an uneven surface, both would cause it to melt unevenly.

*We recommend burning our 9oz candles for 2-4 hours and the 3.5oz candles from 1-2 hours.

Tip #2 - Keep the wick trimmed to 1/4"

It may seem unnecessary, but trust us, we have tested many candles in creating our product lines. Trimming the wick before each burn allows the candle to melt the most evenly and reduce soot/mushrooming. Soot and mushrooming are a natural occurrence and part of the burning process but can be reduced with a properly trimmed wick.

*We also take steps on our end to reduce soot/mushrooming by selecting the best performing waxes/jars/fragrances/wicks and making sure they all work together in harmony.

Tip #3 - Burn the candle so the 'melt pool' touches the sides of the jar

"Melt pool' is a common industry term for the melted wax created by the flame itself. You want to make sure this melted wax touches the sides of the jar to prevent 'tunneling' (another industry term ). Tunneling is when the wick burns down and leaves excess wax on the side of the jar. This not only looks unappealing, but is a waste of your hard earned money. We size our jars with specific wicks that reduce tunneling but making sure to burn the candle until the melt pool touches the sides of the jar is good practice to ensure all the wax gets used.

Tip #4 - Don't burn longer than 4 hours

We test all of our candles with burn times around 8-12 hours but that is to ensure the jar can handle the long burn times. If you burn your candle for longer than four hours the melt pool will become too deep which will cause the wax to burn off quicker than normal.

*We suggest no longer than 4 hours for 9oz and 2 hours for 3.5oz

Tip #5 - Extinguish by smothering flame with a snuffer

By using a snuffer you reduce the risk of blowing hot wax all over plus it helps to reduce the smoke created from a newly extinguished wick. We include metal lids with each candle that can double as a snuffing instrument. Simply cover the candle with the lid and the flame will slow extinguish after it burns up what little oxygen is left in the jar.

Tip #6 - When not in use, store candle out of light with lid on

We don't just include candles with lids because of aesthetics , but also because it helps to preserve the fragrance of the candle. In addition to using a lid make sure the glass jar candles are out of direct sunlight as the suns UV rays can discolor the natural soy wax. It will not affect the performance but will not be as visually pleasing.

And that's it!

Just a few, hopefully helpful, tips of some best practices that we have learned along the way. We want you to be able to enjoy our candles as much as we do.

And as always, if you have any questions or comments please reach out!

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