We want you to get the most out of your candles, so here are some tips to keep them looking and working their very best.
- On first use, ensure the candle burns long enough to fully melt the top layer of wax. This is really important as it will avoid tunnelling (and wastage) of wax.
- The container gets very hot when the candle is lit. We recommend placing it on a heat-resistant surface or coaster, and leaving it to cool completely before touching.
The first burn
Burn for at least 2 hours to start – but no more than 4 hours – enough that the wax melts all the way to the edge of the container. This is known as a full melt pool. Candle wax has memory and doing this will ensure you avoid candle tunnelling, where the candle burns down the centre leaving wasted wax on the sides.
- Burn for at least 2 hours at a time, ensuring you achieve a full melt pool each time and this will also give you the maximum scent throw.
- Burn your candle for no more than 4 hours at a time.
Trim the wick
- Keep the wick trimmed to between 0.5cm and 1cm to ensure the flame is at the right height for the candle.
- If your wick is too long, it will result in over-burning of the wax.
- If your wick is too short, it may not light and/or get drowned in the melted wax.
- Keep your candle free of all foreign objects such as wick trimmings and matches – debris in the wax can act as a secondary wick. This will affect how your candle performs and can be a fire hazard.
- Light your candle in a well-ventilated room, away from draughts or fans, as this can cause sooting (black marks) or a rapid, uneven burn.
- Always place your candle on a flat, heat-resistant surface and keep away from flammable objects, children and pets.
- Burn candles in sight and never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Allow to cool completely before touching and do not move the candle when it is alight.
- Expecting guests? Light candles one hour prior to their arrival for that maximum scent throw.
- Be careful when extinguishing the flame (you could use a candle snuffer or the tin lid) to prevent smoking and wax escaping the candle.