Back to Basics: Candle Care - Best Burning Practices

Trim Wick Before Each Use

Before every burn, you should trim your candle’s wick from ⅛ ( wood wick) to ¼ (cotton wick) inch long. Both are easily trimmed with our wick trimmer, scissors, or nail clippers. We recommend scissors or nail clippers if you are in a pinch but for an elegant display, a cleaner cut, and a longer reach into the vessel, the wick trimmer is a must-have for the candle collector. 

Wick trimming helps your candle have a cleaner, brighter, and longer burn. This practice helps keep the flame in control and prevents smoke stains from forming on the vessel. During trimming, it is a great time to check for debris in the wax pool and remove any fallen wick, matches, or soot. Always remove any debris in the wax to avoid the flame surging and fire hazards. 

Location, Location, Location 

Finding the best spot to set your candle is an important part of the burn. We recommend avoiding exposing the flame to moving air such as open windows, air conditioning units, heaters, or high-traffic areas - this causes the flame to be disrupted leaving soot and stains on the vessel. 

It is always advised to burn your candle away from anything highly flammable. Never leave a burning candle unattended and make sure the flame is completely out before leaving the room. Always let your candle cool after burning and never move your candle while it is lit or the vessel is still hot. 

Burn, Baby Burn

When first lighting your candle it’s ideal to burn the candle until the melted wax reaches the edges of the container leaving some wax. This gives the candle time to do its magic and burn as evenly and clean as possible. With our Coco Apricot Wax blend you should have a full melt pool on the 3 or 4 burn so don't worry. 

Extinguish in Style 

Blowing out a candle can be as easy as a big puff of air but doing it the old-fashioned way does lead to soot and ash being stuck in your wax alongside discoloration of the vessel. We recommend using a candle snuffer to extinguish your candle and avoid wax splattering. 

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