Our top 10 list to care for your candles
Caring for your candle is important to ensure you get the most out of it! After all, we spend a fortune on creating beautiful spaces to relax in, and if you are like me you probably have a candle in every room too! Here are our top 10 tips to look after your candles;
- The First Burn
The first burn of your soy candle is the most important. When lighting a Jar candle or wide pillar candles for the first time you will need to burn the candle until the wax is melted across the entire width of the candle. Ensuring a complete melt pool will prevent tunnelling of the candle and prolonging the burning life.
- Trim the wick
Trim the candle wick between burns. You may notice that when you burn your candle, the wick may have curled or is a little long. If it is too long it can create soot and may have a high flame, and this may make the jar black. Trim the wick back to 5mm long and you will have a nice steady flame once more.
- Wax Spills
Wait until the wax is hard, and place an absorbent paper towel on the wax and rub over with a warm iron and the wax will be reabsorbed onto the paper towel. Continue this method each time replacing the absorbent paper until there is no wax residue.
- Uneven resetting
This mostly occurs with soy wax, and completely normal to have a bumpy uneven candle as it resets. It is a sign that it is natural soy wax, and bumpy uneven resetting is one of its specific characteristics.
Frosting is perfectly natural & inevitable with natural soy candles. Occurring in vegetable waxes, frosting is the white crystalline layer that can form on the surface of a candle. This is due to the wax molecules forming crystals as they attempt to return to their natural state. This polymorphism will occur more if the candle is subjected to rapid changes in temperature.
- Sooty Jar
Occurring when the wick is too long, and the flame is too high. When the candle jar is cool and wax is solid use a dry paper towel or dry cloth to remove soot, it should easily wipe clean.
- Brown or discoloured wax
This can be due to wooden wicks or fragrances. The colour change will not affect the burn, this is very common with vanilla fragrances.
- Cleaning the candle Jar
To remove wax from the bottom of the jar, pop the jar in the freezer overnight and in the morning the wax should pop straight out. This is because the wax will shrink in the cold.
- Maximising scent throw
Keep the lid on your candle in-between burns. Keep doors and windows closed in the house to intensify scent, and open doors and windows to reduce the scent throw.
- Don’t Blow out your candle
Snuff, use a candle snuff or pop the lid over the candle until it's extinguished.
And that's it! Go enjoy the ambience of your candles. We hope you found this list helpful in the care of your candles.