Candle Care

So your candle can live its best life, follow these tips:

Trim the wick before each burn, 6mm is perfect (we've already done this for the first go). If you don't do this, the candle will still burn, but it will probably burn a little bit hotter, which will burn off more fragrance than normal (so you won't get as much fragrance) and it will burn down faster (so it won't last as long). If you forget to do this, don't stress, but you'll get a bit more out of the candle if you do

The first time you light it, try to let it burn for at least 2 hours. The wax should melt all the way to the edge of the vessel. If you don't do this, it can lead to something that's called "tunnelling", where the candle flame bores a hole down the candle and there is unmelted wax all around the edges. This isn't great because you won't get nearly as much out of the candle if this happens

After the first burn, try to let it burn for at least 1 hour, but ideally no more than 4 hours at a time. At least 1 hour will let the wax melt all the way to the edge of the vessel, no more than 4 means the vessel won't get too hot and your candle will last longer

Keep stuff out of the wax, like wick trimmings or bits of burnt matches. These can affect how well the wick performs, and can also impact how the wax around the wick melts

Leave a bit of solid wax when the candle is almost used up. If it melts all the way to the bottom, the glass gets really hot. This can be dangerous and we don't recommend it. (We also made up for this by giving you a bit extra, so don't worry, you aren'y missing out)

Soy wax takes a long time to set fully - we don't sell any of our candles until they have set for a full 2 weeks after they have been made. If the wax doesn't melt all the way to the edge of the vessel, the next time you light the candle, the wax that melted last time is a bit softer and will melt again first. This is why we recommend the burn times above - it means that the wax will melt in even full layers all the way down as you use the candle

If you've had to extinguish the candle before it's had a chance to melt to the edge of the vessel, here is how you can fix it up:

First of all, don't trim the wick this time. Grab a hair dryer, and gently melt the full top surface of the wax. Once that's done, let it set again for a few hours before you burn it again. Still don't trim the wick the next time you light it, but then DO trim the wick after that. (Alternatively, you can let your candle sit on the shelf for 2 weeks without burning it at all, if you have the patience for that)