We all want a bang for our buck. With candle care, you can maximize your purchase and keep your home safe. Fun fact: If you don’t take care of your candle, it won’t last very long. We value your purchase and want you to maximize your candle’s lifespan.
Step 1: Find a Safe Place for Your Candle(s).
Where are you going to put this beautiful new soy wax candle? Maybe in the kitchen? Possibly the bedroom? Wherever you choose, be sure it is in a safe location.
What exactly is a safe location? A safe location is somewhere away from pets and children. It is a place where you can keep an eye on your candle while it is burning. No, you can’t go to the store and leave it burning unattended. This can cause danger to your home and family. We don’t want that!
Also be sure to set your candles on a heat resistant surface and avoid drafts. The goal is to burn your candle in a well ventilated area. Drafts can cause objects, curtains, and other home items to blow toward your candle possibly causing a fire. Drafts can also disturb the burning of your candle which can cause uneven burning.
Step 2: Trim Your Wick.
Trim, trim, trim. Be sure to trim your wick to ¼ inch before lighting. This applies for every time you are about to light your candle, not just your first time. Why is this step important? It’s important because this will help your candle last longer. Trimming of the wick helps the candle burn evenly and slowly.
Mushrooming can occur while burning your candle. This is another reason to trim it. Mushrooming is when the wick starts to look like a mushroom. The top looks like the top of a mushroom head and tends to be larger than the rest of the wick. If this happens, you need to trim your wick.
A mushroomed wick can cause splats or sparks of fire to come from your candle. It also causes your candle to burn much faster. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. The slower our candle burns, the stronger the scent.
Below is a photo of a mushroomed wick (avoid):
Trimmed candle burned evenly:
Step 3: Burn the Candle Evenly.
Your first burn is the most important. You want to make sure you burn the candle evenly. Meaning, the candle burns all the way to the edge. This causes an even burn. If you do not let the candle burn to the edge, you will find yourself with a candle caving in the middle. This will cause a shorter lifespan on your candle.
The photos below show what burning your candle un-evenly looks like (please avoid):
Step 4: Additional Safety
- Never burn your candle for more than 4-hour intervals. We have a Good Vibes playlist on Apple music. Once the playlist is over, it is time to turn off the candle. If you are a candle lover, join our rewards program so you can get great deals on our candles.
- Keep debris out of the wax pool at all times.
- Keep away from children and pets.
- Be sure to let the wax harden before moving/touching the candle.
- Do not burn candles near things that can catch fire or by other candles.
- Be sure to trim your wick to ¼ before lighting.
- Do not leave your candle unattended.
If you are looking for a flameless alternative, you can also use wax melts. Fun fact: Wax melts hold a stronger scent throw at a fraction of the price.
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