Take a look at these 7 steps on how to look after a scented candle.
Please note that all candles are made differently, therefore some information on this page may not be appropriate. Most information on how to look after your candle and using your candle safely is usually found on a sticker on the bottom of the candle or written on the candles packaging.
Firstly, place your candle on a heat-resistant surface, away from drafts and anything flammable.
Overtime, the candle glass may get hot from the flame heating the wax. Therefore it is good practice to keep your candle on a heat resistance surface like a candle coaster to prevent the candle from marking your surfaces. Check out our slate candle coaster for small and medium sized candles.
Drafts from open windows and doors can cause your candle flame to flicker and prevent your candle from maximum scent throw. Keep your candle away from areas where windows and doors are regularly opened.
Flammable objects like curtains and clothing can easily be set alight by candles, so keep them away from your candle to keep yourself safe.
Also, keep your burning candle away from children and pets and attend your candle at all times while being lit.
Before lighting, make sure that the candle wicks are between 1cm and 1.5cm in length. If they are too long, trim them with scissors or a wick trimmer. This will prevent the candle from smoking and melting the wax too quickly.
If you are unsure on how much you should cut your wick, look at the candle(s) instructions which are often on either the bottom of the candle glass, candle lid or the candle packaging.
Use a match or a long lighter to light the wicks. High quality cotton and wooden wicks may take longer to ignite. *Attend the candle at all times once lit.
On first use, burn the candle for 2-3 hours to establish a full melt pool (top layer all liquefied). This will make your candle burn more evenly in the future.
WHY SHOULD A CANDLE CREATE A FULL MELT POOL ON FIRST USE?
Candles have a memory. Melting the full top layer of wax on a candle will mean it will remember to burn the same again in the future, creating an even burn with maximum scent throw. Not allowing your candle to burn a full melt pool on first use can compromise future burns and can cause you candle to tunnel.
HOW CAN I FIX CANDLE TUNNELLING? Check out this blog.
Sometimes wicks start to descend into the wax or lean too close to the side of the candle glass. if this happens, use a wick dipper to move the wicks back into place. Make sure this is done while the wax is still in liquid form.
If your candle wicks often fall into the wax, trim them with scissors or a wick trimmer to prevent them becoming too heavy.
Use a snuffer to extinguish the candle. This prevents the need to blow the hot wax. The snuffer also captures some of the smoke which is produced when extinguishing the flame.
Leaving a candle on a radiator is a great way to keep the candle filling the room with its scent without it being lit. The warmth from the radiator slowly melts the wax releasing its aroma.
As you can see, looking after a scented candle is pretty simple. Follow these seven steps and you’ll be sure to get the most out of you candle and enjoy it safely.
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