To get the best experience and longest burning time from your candle, follow these handy tips.
It is important to always let your candle burn long enough that there is a layer of liquid wax across the top (between two and four hours), especially the first time you use your candle. This prevents the candle from tunnelling. That happens when only the part around the wick melts, but the wax towards the outside of the candle is still solid when you extinguish your candle. Once the wax sets like this, it will simply melt down the candle in a tunnel on subsequent burns, and the outside layer will largely remain solid and unused. Keep your candle from drafts to prevent the flame from spluttering or wavering, which can also lead to an uneven burn.
To extinguish the candle, simply cover it with its lid or blow it out. Sometimes, however, when a candle is blown out, it gives off sooty smelling smoke which can instantly overwhelm the candle's scent.
Wood Wick Care
For optimum performance, light the wick at an angle by tipping the candle slightly at the point where the wax meets the wick. This will allow the flame to slowly find its way across the wick.
Before relighting, always trim the wood wick by removing any burnt wood residue. You can do this with a wick trimmer or by snapping any burnt wood off with your fingers. This is a very important step and will ensure your wood wick burns evenly. If you don't trim your wick before relighting your candle, the flame will start to weaken and may eventually start to existinguish itself a few seconds after lighting.
TIP: If the flame of your wood wick is very small and you'd like a bigger flame, try dipping some tissue paper into the molten wax (as far away from the naked flame as possible to avoid it catching fire) to absorb some of the liquid wax. This should increase the size of the flame.
Before relighting, trim the cotton wick to a quarter of an inch (about 6 mm) to keep your candle in good burning shape and prevent any black smoke or soot. Only trim the wick when it is at room temperature. You can use a special wick trimming tool, nail clippers or your finger tips to gently remove the black bits off the wick.
While candles provide a relatively small flame, it is still important to follow a few basic safety precautions. Never leave your candle unattended or in a draft. Let it stand on a protective surface to prevent heat damage to furniture should the candle reach the end of its burn. Keep the candle well clear of flammable substances.
Keep your candle in a dry and cool place, away from direct sunlight. If it gets too hot, it may melt and lose its scent and shape, which may diminish the quality of your experience. Similarly, avoid it getting too cold or frozen. If it does, simply allow to return to room temperature before lighting.