It is very exciting when you first receive your beautiful candle to burn. You must also remember the care and safety instructions (found on the bottom of each jar you receive).
1. Never burn a candle right to the bottom of the glass. Always leave at least 10mm/1cm at the base – otherwise the jar will overheat and if left for long enough, will eventually result in cracking of the vessel.
2. Never burn your candle for more than 3 hours at a time as the jar may overheat and eventually lead to cracking.
3. Always ensure you burn your candle on a heat resistant surface. 4. Never leave a lit candle unattended, or in a draught and always put it out of reach of children, pets or anything that can catch alight. 5. Before re-lighting your candle, ensure you trim the wick of the candle.
CANDLE BURNING TIMES
- 7oz Jar Candles – approximately 65-75 hour
- 4oz Tin Candles – approximately 20-30 hours
THE FIRST BURN
When lighting for the first time, burn the candle until wax melts across the entire surface up to the sides of vessel as this will prevent tunnelling, and create an even burn for the duration of the candle’s ‘life’. This may take up to 2-4 hours, but we promise it will make your candle last longer.
TRIM YOUR WICK
We recommend trimming your wick before every lighting. The wick only needs to be approximately 6mm in length, keeping it this length will avoid mushrooming which can result in unnecessary soot. This also controls the size of the flame allowing you to get the most time out of your candle.
If soot forms on the inside of the vessel, extinguish the candle, wait for it to cool, then wipe with a clean damp cloth. Trim the wick and relight.
KEEP THE WAX CLEAN
Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
HOW TO EXTINGUISH A CANDLE
Extinguish candle with a snuffer, or dip the wick into the melted wax and then straighten wick to prevent smoking and also prevent hot wax from splattering. Do not blow out.
KEEP AWAY FROM WINDY SPACES
Draughts decrease burn time, cause uneven burning, smoking and diminished scent throw.
HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CANDLE IS BURNING PROPERLY
Efficient burning means flame is not flickering, teardrop shaped and upright. Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. These signs indicate the candle is not burning properly and the flame isn’t controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before re-lighting.
DON’T BURN ALL THE WAY DOWN
“It is also really important candles are not burnt when there is 10mm of wax or less remaining in the jar,” says Claire. “Although it is tempting to continue burning your candle until the wax is gone, we strongly advise against this as the flame needs a solid base of wax to avoid overheating the glass jar.”
MAXIMISE YOUR SCENT THROW
Open windows and doors will disperse scent and lessen the concentration. For maximum fragrance keep windows and doors closed and burn in desired space for 30 mins before entering.
HOW TO STORE CANDLES
Always store your candles in a cool, dark and dry place. Scented candles also look great stored under a glass cloche, which also protects from dust
Avoid placing your candles where they will be directly exposed to sunlight or harsh indoor lighting, such as a spotlights
HOW TO CLEAN CANDLES
Your can remove dust and fingerprints from a candle by gently rubbing the surface with a piece of nylon or a soft cloth. The cloth can be dry or slightly dampened with water
FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS
The most important thing to remember is that candles involve a naked flame and they do need to be treated with caution. Always read and follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions carefully. Don’t burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.
Maximum session burn times Never burn a candle for longer than three hours at a time. If a candle is burnt for excessive periods without being allowed to re-solidify, even the best candle can burn out the sides because of excessive heat.