Candle Care

Candles are amazing but can be hazardous if not monitored properly.  Here are a few tips and tricks to maintain your candle.

  • Trim your wick to 1/4” before every burn.  See more on wick trimming below!
  • When burning the first time, allow the candle to burn to the edges or for at least two hours to avoid tunneling.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Keep away from children and pets.
  • Do not burn candle for longer than 4 hours at a time.
  • Keep away from drafts and things that can catch fire.

 

Do I really need to trim my wick?

Yes! Consistent trimming of your candle wick can extend the life of your candle and improve your burn.

 

Minimize Soot

Soot or black coloring on the inside of the jar is a sure sign your wicks need some love. Soot is caused by a number of reasons and one of them is wicks that are too long or have mushroomed and are causing the flame to flare up. Soot in a candle jar is unavoidable and purely cosmetic.  It won’t affect the scent but it can be reduced with a simple snip! 

If you notice soot simply wipe it off with a paper towel or tissue between burns.  Add some coconut oil to your towel for any stubborn spots.

 

Prolong the Candle’s Life

Trimming your wick after each burn can prolong your candle life by as much as 25% according to the National Candle Association.  A cleaner and longer burn? Yes please! 

 

When Should I Trim My Wicks?

 

Before the first burn. Before lighting up that new candle make sure to trim the wick to ¼ of an inch. This will put your candle on the right track for a clean burn and will assist in the “memory burn” which is allowing the wax to melt to the edges of the container on the first burn.

 

During the burn. If you notice your flame getting larger than half an inch or letting off a bunch of smoke and soot, it’s time to blow it out and trim the wick. Let it cool first and then feel free to light it up again!

 

After the burn. Is there a big black mushroom on the end of your wick? It’s time to trim! This is caused by carbon build up and is perfectly normal but will cause your candle to let off soot and smoke if left untrimmed. 

What do I use to trim my wicks?

Simple scissors will do or even your fingers. Both of these options could prove to be messy and even difficult when the wax reaches near the bottom of the jar. We prefer wick trimmers that have long handles and a ledge to catch the excess wick and mushroom for easy clean up. If you’re ready to invest in one, we have you covered. Check them out here.

 

Now that you know the ins and outs of wick trimming, we encourage you to make a habit of trimming your wicks. You and your candle will be much happier!