Candle Safety & Burning Tips

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Candle Safety
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended!
  • Keep out of the reach of children and pets
  • To prevent smoking, trim wick to 1/4inch prior to each use and keep trimmed
  • If candle smokes, extinguish, trim wick and re-light.
  • Keep debris out of the melt pool
  • To prevent fading, keep out of direct sunlight
  • Extinguish by dipping the wick into the melted wax then reposition. This will help eliminate smoking.
  • If candle burnes unevenly due to a draft, carefully push the wick to the higher side. If this causes dripping, extinguish, cool and relight. Repeat a few times and the candle will repair itself.
  • Never move a lit candle
  • Burn candles away from combustible materials. Remember the hottest part of the flame is above it!

Candle Burning Tips

  • The first time you light a pillar candle, burn it one hour for every inch of its diameter. This will allow the pool of wax to extend to the outside rim and prevent your candle forming a 'canyon' in its centre. Burning your candle this way will also set its memory. Each time you re-light the candle it will 'remember' to burn out to the rim.
  • Keep your wicks trimmed! This is essential for a clean, smoke-free burn. Many people complain about candles that smoke and this can be eliminated by trimming the wicks to 1/4inch ever time you burn the candle. This is true for all types of candle.
  • If your candle is smoking despite trimming the wick and checking for debris in the melt pool, extinguish the candle immediately. Trim the wick a little more and allow to cool before re-lighting. The smoking will stop. With a quality candle (like mine), you shouldn't have problems with smoking, but it is worth remembering that scented candles will smoke more than unscented candles.
  • When you burn a highly scented candle, somtimes 'mushrooming' will occur in the wick. Treat this as a friendly reminder that you need to trim the wick.
  • Candles need to breathe. If you burn a candle in a small room, it is likely to smoke. Please consider the size of your room when you display your new candles.
  • Never 'blow out' a candle. Blowing will spray the wax everywhere and cause the candle to drip and smoke. The most effective way to extinguish the flame of the candle is to use a candle snuffer. If you don't own a snuffer, the best way to extinguish the candle is to place your forefinger in front of the flame before you blow. This clever trick means that the air will hit the flame from the sides instead of hitting it directly.

What to do with leftover wax?

When burning votives, melts and some candles, you'll be left with small wax discs that still have some scent left in them. So what can you do with them? So long as you remove all wick & tabs and any debris, you can put them in underwear drawers, in with writing paper or in the bottom of waste paper baskets to allow the fragrance to scent the contents. You can pretty much put them anywhere there will be no heat so the wax will not melt and destroy any contents.

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