Caring for your candles
Natural wax candles have some differences from typical store-bought paraffin candles. Don't be alarmed; these are all natural characteristics of the oils and wax, and simply add to the character of your hand poured candle! See some tips and tricks below to keep your candle burning evenly, and to make it last longer.
Burning Your Candle
Candles have a burn history! To ensure your candle lasts longer, ALWAYS burn it long enough for the wax to melt across the container surface before extinguishing the flame (2-4 hours AT LEAST!). This prevents a tunnel in the wax from forming, which shortens the life of your candle.
Keep Your Wicks Trimmed
Our coreless cotton wicks have a natural tendency to split when burning. To ensure your candle continues to burn well, keep your wicks trimmed before burning again. After your wick has cooled, simply pinch off any carbon buildup, and (if needed) using a wick trimmer or scissors, cut your wick to 1/4 inch.
Some of the fragrance oils in our candles can cause them to discolor when in contact with direct sunlight (turning them a bright yellow). This is a natural reaction of the oils with light, and does not change the way the candle burns or smells. To avoid this change, simply keep your candle out of direct sunlight.
How to Prevent Soot
Our new large jars are taller, which means that as the candle flame gets lower, soot can get caught on the inside of the glass. To prevent this from happening, please keep your wick trimmed to 1/4 inch before burning again! If you do not keep your wick trimmed, the carbon buildup creates a bigger flame and more soot. To remove soot buildup on the jars of your candles, simply wipe with with a damp paper towel or cloth, AFTER your jar has cooled!
Excess Fragrance Oil, or "Sweating"
All natural wax bonds differently with fragrance oils than synthetic wax. Soy and coconut blend candles sometimes can "sweat" excess fragrance oil, forming beads or pools on the top of the candle. This can happen especially after going through temperature changes (from a cold car to a warm room for example). This process is harmless, and does not effect the smell or burn quality of your candle. You can do two things with candles that sweat: either gently dab up the excess oil with a paper towel, or leave it and burn your candle normally. Simply discard paper towel afterwards and wash your hands with soap and water if you happen to touch the oil.
Natural wax candles sometimes have a tendency to cool unevenly after they are extinguished, leaving bumpy surfaces. This unfortunately is an unavoidable characteristic of the wax; however it does not effect how your candle burns or smells at all. Simply trim your wick between burns, let the melt pool reach the full width of the container before extinguishing, and your candle will be just fine!
Questions, comments, concerns?
Reach out to us and let us know how you like your candles; we are happy to help!