Candle Care | How to get the best out of your candles
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 top surface and pools to the edges of the container. This will help to prevent tunnelling and promote an even burn for the length of the candle's life.
Trim Your Wicks
Trim your wick every time before you burn the candle, ensure your wicks are always kept to 5mm long at all times. We recommend trimming the wick every 3 hours of burn time. When trimming, always extinguish the flame, let the candle cool down to room temperature, remove any wick debris and trim the wick before relighting. Remember to also continually reposition your wick to keep it centred to prevent the glass being exposed to heat from the wick flame. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning.
Burning & Extinguishing The Candle
- Do not burn an Artesão 300g glass jar candle for less than 1 hour or more than 4 hours at a time.
- Do not burn an Artesão 60g glass jar candle for less than 1/2 hour or more than 2 hours at a time.
- Never touch, move or tilt a burning candle.
- Do not burn a candle all the way down to the end. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the glass container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when ½ inch (or 1.25cm) of wax remains in the glass jar. 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.
- Place burning candles at least 10 to 15cm apart from each other. This helps ensure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning.
- Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.
- Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
- Always burn candles in a well ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a tight space where air exchange is limited.
- Never use a candle as a night light.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, breezy open windows and doors, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable items etc.
- To extinguish the candle flame, use a snuffer or a wick dipper to carefully dip the wick into melted wax and then straighten to prevent smoking and prevent wax splatter. Try to avoid blowing candle flames out and do not extinguish with water as this can cause containers to break.
If your candle glass starts to blacken with soot, remember to keep the wick trimmed. Also always wait until after the candle is extinguished and cooled before removing the black marks with a dry paper towel.
Maximising Scent Throw
In order to maximise fragrance scent throw in a room, keep doors and windows closed and burn for 30 minutes. Opening windows and doors will help the scent to disperse.
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.
Storing Your Candles
Soy wax and fragrances are sensitive to temperature and light. Store your candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will protect it from discolouration and fading.
Sculptural Pillar Candle Care
Our sculptural candles are more for aesthetic, decorative purposes in an unlit state. Our sculptural candles are triple scented and you will still be able to smell their fragrance even without burning them.
Due to the nature of their delicate & individual shapes, and also the natural structure of pure soy wax, be advised that once lit, they will lose their shape, drip, melt and burn much faster than our glass jar candles.
Due to its thin and intricate form, this candle has a limited burn time and may lose its shape quickly.
CAUTION: Never leave sculptural candles unattended while they are lit and burning.
Keep candles out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry place away from children and pets. Direct sunlight may cause discolouration to natural soy wax.
- Trim the wick before lighting - If the flame gets too high, extinguish the flame, let the candle cool down, trim the wick, and relight.
- Ensure candles are placed minimum 15cm apart while burning
- Avoid drafts to prevent excess smoke and flickering high flame
- Use a heat proof, non flammable base that will hold the all the melted wax
- Do not burn a candle all the way down for safety reasons