HOW TO BURN YOUR CANDLES PROPERLY
Our 100% Beeswax Candles add to the ambiance of a room by delivering both fragrance and soft natural light, which makes the room look great. The wax is responsible for the fragrance, and the wick is responsible for the shape of the flame.
In order to get the most use out of your candle, it’s important to tend to both the wax and the wick. Here are some recommendations that will help your candles look awesome while they are lit, and to increase the lifespan of the candle.
1) The first burn is the most important, it should last around 2 or 3 hours to allow the candle to evenly melt the entire surface.
If you burn the candle for a shorter amount of time, it may not have a chance to melt the entire surface evenly. Instead, you will end up with a small ring in the middle that is shallower than the rest of the surface. This is known as a memory ring.
The next time you light the candle, the memory ring will melt first, forming a kind of valley in the center as it burns. The valley will always be shallower than the outermost edges, eventually leading to a good portion of the candle being wasted, as the outer edges will never be able to burn. This is known as tunneling.
To avoid tunneling, let your candle burn for a substantial amount of time. Make sure that the candle is level and burning evenly from the center outwards by trimming the wick and avoiding lighting your candle in places with lots of moving air. You also will want to monitor the surface of the candle periodically as it burns to ensure that no uneven surfaces are developing.
2) Do your best to keep your burning candle away from fans, air conditioners, open windows, or heavily trafficked areas where people walk back and forth a lot. Moving air can disturb the flame.
3) When you’re ready to put out your candle, a snuffer is essential to do it properly. Just blowing out your candle may cause it to continue smoldering, which can affect the wick and if you are burning your candle in a glass it will contribute to smoke rings on the glass. A snuffer creates a nice, firm edge and minimizes the smoke.
4) Each time you want to burn your candle, start by trimming the wick to between 1/8 and 1/4 inches long. Trimming the wick keeps the flame in control.
When wick trimming, always extinguish the flame, let the candle come to room temperature, and then trim the wick to 1/8 inches before relighting.
5) Before moving your candle, give it a chance to cool down. This allows the melted pool of wax to harden, avoiding the creation of an uneven surface.
Your candles should be stored in a dark, cool, and dry place with a lid on them to keep them clean.