Candles are always such a lovely home accessory – a stylish, simple way to infuse your living space with uplifting and relaxing fragrances. To make them last and ensure they burn to optimum effect, it’s important to know how to take care of your candles. Here are our top tips on candle care:
Trim the wick!
To avoid smoke marks around your lovely candle, the wick must not be too tall. Before lighting your candle always trim the wick to 1/8 -1/4. Doing this will avoid a large flame which can affect the way the wax melts. A burnt wick is very fragile to take care of and cut, therefore be extremely careful and be sure to not cut too short. You will also need to remove any burnt bits that may have fallen from the cutting before lighting, as this may darken in the wax. Always make sure the candle is cold before touching!
Burning and extinguishing
Avoid positioning your candle in a draft (ie away from open windows, vents etc) as this can create a dancing flame which builds up wasted wax around the inside edge of your candle. A calm candle enhances the essential oils and lifespan as it burns slower. We also recommend you do not burn a candle for more than 4 hours as the wick will become unstable. It’s best to use a snuffer or a wick dipper when it’s time to extinguish your flame. To avoid hot wax from splattering when blowing out the candle, it can help to position your index finger in front and extinguish the candle very gently. Please be careful not to have direct contact with the flame.
If splattering or spills of wax has occurred on fabric, we have you covered!
A top tip to remove wax is by placing the material in the freezer for around 30minutes - until the wax has hardened. Once out of the freezer you will be able to pick the large bits of wax off. The remaining residue will melt by using plain paper and ironing on low heat. Also, never chip away wax that has landed on your wooden surface. You will want to firstly use a hairdryer to melt the wax – always hold the hairdryer a few inches away from the surface. Once the wax has melted, wipe the liquid wax off with a clean cloth.
Finally – Upcycle US!
When our candle lifespan has ended, be sure to re-use us to create lovely jars for make-up brushes and trinkets.
We would love to know how you upcycle our jars so make sure to tag us on our Instagram!
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