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Candle Care 101

We’ve messed up A LOT of candles in our day, way too many to count. We’ve also spent over 3 years testing, updating & learning until we got it just right. Now we’re here to share all our candle tips and tricks for a long-lasting burn!

Please note that "The First Burn" is dedicated to specific candle collections! Different candles require different kinds of love. Looking for tips for our 16oz, 8oz, 6oz & tin candle collection? You’ve come to the right place! *Dough bowls + Large Candle Collections will have specific instructions in the product description*

 

The First Burn: That first light feeling is a good one, just be cautious of how long you enjoy it! The rule is that for every inch in diameter of candle, comes an hour of burn time. We recommend a least 2-3 hours the very first time you burn your candle. 

To put it more simply, let your candle continue to burn until there is an even layer of melted wax across the entire top of your candle. Although every burn is important, the first burn is crucial! Soy wax has an incredible memory and will continue to burn in the shape it was previously melted. Aka, if you only burn around the wick, it will continue to work its way down the candle, and not melt the wax around the edges when re-lit.

Stop, Drop & Extinguish:  After that fist burn, 4-6 hours is the perfect candle burning timeframe to ensure you get the best scent throw. A little more or a little less may not be the worst thing, but never keep your candle lit for more than 6 hours. Doing so will affect the scent throw. Although you may be tempted to keep it going, but the candle may get so hot that most of the scent will escape and leave you disappointed when you light it next.

Trim the Wick: Trimming the wick is one of the most important tips, because this is what keeps your candle clean and free of soot! Before re-lighting your candle, use a pair of wick trimmers to trim the wick to ¼” (or just underneath the bud). When trimming your wick it is also very important to not cut it too short, anything below 1/4" will drastically affect your burn by drowning the wick in the wax. 

Soot is that black substance that appears around the rim of the jar or floats up onto your walls & ceiling if your wick is burning with a large bud on it – it’s also what we worked so hard to never have to deal with. Be sure to trim your wick so you don’t have too either!

Candle Safety [applies to any & all candles]: Candles are amazing, but have an open flame thus labelling them as a fire hazard. Never leave your candle unattended and keep out of reach of pets & children. Make sure your fire alarms are in working condition & always have an extinguisher nearby (that you hopefully never need to use). Stay safe, xoxo!

Candle Storage: If for any reason you aren't actively burning your candles, we recommend storing them in a dark & dry spot (aka a drawer or cupboard). Keeping your candles out of the direct sunlight will keep them in the best condition possible for when you're ready to burn it in the future!