Candle Care Guide
Just light your candle and enjoy! It is that simple, right? Those are the basics, but to ensure optimal performance from your candle, we recommend following our candle care guide to get the most out of your candles.
1. WAIT TO BURN YOUR CANDLE
For best results with your fragrance, we recommend waiting 10-14 days before burning your candle for the first time.
We know this might be hard to do, but it will be well worth the wait! Your handmade candle needs time to cure. Cure time is one key step to ensuring a wonderfully strong scent to your candle. You want to allow ample time for your wax and your fragrance to bind together. We understand if you can’t wait…your candle will physically burn fine yet the fragrance won’t be as strong as if you had waited.
The longer you wait, the stronger the smell!
2. LET THE WAX POOL
Allow the entire top layer of wax to liquefy from edge-to-edge during each use to help your candle burn evenly. If the wax does not burn evenly across the top during the burn time it can cause tunneling and wasted wax around the inside edge of the candle.
We recommend a burn time of 2-4 hours per use (depending on the size).
3. TRIM THE WICK
Always, we repeat, always trim your wick to 1/4 inch before each use for a longer-lasting & cleaner candle.
If the wick is too tall it will leave black burn marks on the glass and produce more smoke.
We recommend investing in a wick trimmer, with its curved shape, a wick trimmer is easy to use in any container, small, deep or big, you can use the same tool!
A wick trimmer makes a clean cut of the wick while recovering the debris.
You might not think you need it, but you will be glad you have it! The best candle accessory to invest in is a wick trimmer.
4. BURN IT SAFELY
Burn your candle in a well-ventilated room, away from any draft or air current, in order to avoid an uneven burn, smoking, or soot. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame is too high.
5. BURN IT CLEANLY
Keep your wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches or any debris. We recommend that you do not burn more than 4 hours at a time. After 4 hours, the candle gets too hot and begins to evaporate fragrance oil and burn off quicker.
6. CENTER THE WICK
After extinguishing your candle (a candle snuffer* is recommended), gently center & straighten your wick while the wax is still molten, if it appears to have shifted during use.
*A candle snuffer will extinguish the flame without the wick smoking. With a candle snuffer, you place the bell of the snuffer over the flame to exhaust its supply of carbon and hydrogen thus extinguishing it.
7. DISCONTINUE USE
Your candle should not be burned once the wax is 1/2 inch from the bottom of your vessel. Sad to see it go? Keep multiples of your favorite candles on hand so you never run out of your favorite fragrance! You may also clean your vessel to recycle or repurpose.
8. RECREATE IT
You made it. You loved it. Now it’s time to recreate your custom scent in-store or online at www.thecandlepour.com Choose the same scents or experiment and try something new. Our Scent Specialists are also available online if you need help with creating a special blend, just ask!