- Always trim wick to 1/4” prior to EVERY lighting, including the first time you burn your new candle. (Do not leave wick trimmings in the wax! The wax pool should be free of any and all debris)
- When lighting your candle for the first time, allow the candle to burn until the top of the wax is completely melted (this could take 1-2 hours depending on the size of your candle). This will help prevent tunnelling, and extend the life of your candle.
- Do not burn a candle for more than 3-4 hrs at a time. Allow enough time for the candle wax to solidify before re-lighting again.
Discontinue use when you reach the last 1/2” of wax at the bottom of your vessel.
- NEVER leave a burning candle unattended! Keep burning candles away from children, pets and any flammable materials.
Sometimes I see a gray/black film forming on the inside of my candle vessel, why? what is it? how can I avoid this from happening?
Simply put, it’s soot.
Soot is produced when there is incomplete combustion of fuel.
In a candle, the liquid wax being drawn up through the lit wick is the fuel, there are different factors that can cause incomplete combustion and result in soot, here are the most common reasons :
Burn your candle away from air vents, open windows or drafty areas.
When a breeze or draft causes a candle flame to move around too much, the fuel will be drawn up the wick at an inconsistent rate. A steady flame will use a consistent amount of fuel, however, a disturbed flame will vary the amount of fuel being drawn up the wick. If there is too much oil from the wax being drawn into the wick, followed by the flame shrinking it can result in expelled soot deposits on your candle vessel. The result of an unsteady burn. Flame movement is normal, however, you should try to keep your candle flame flicker variance to a minimum, if you need to move your candle to a less drafty area, make sure to extinguish your candle before moving it, after you place it in a new location, relight your candle.
Wick length is very important to soot production and to the quality of your candle burn.
Trimming the wick keeps the flame small and ensures that it is evenly shaped, helping to prevent incomplete combustion. Keeping your wicks trimmed down to 1/4” before every lighting will prolong your candle and reduce soot production.
If you like to leave your candles burning for a long time the wicks may need to be trimmed again. Don't be afraid to blow your candle out, trim the wick and relight it.
When a candle wick is too long, it tends to curl over or form a mushroom at the top, which creates an uneven flame burning some parts of the candle wax pool more than others. If the candle wick is too long and has been left burning without trimming, it may eventually move off-center which can result in an uneven burn and create soot.
How to remove soot from my candle vessel
If you do see some soot forming, after you have blown out your candle and let the wax solidify, simply use a cloth or paper towel with some warm water and wipe away the dark build up on the inside of the vessel.
There is no such thing as a completely spot free candle vessel (unless you never light it!), but we believe in using and enjoying our candles! Using these care instructions on every candle in your home will keep you and your family safe and enjoying beautiful, long lasting, luxurious home fragrance!
(if you have any questions about candle care, please do not hesitate to contact us)