How To Care For Your Candle

Who would of thought that candles needed a little bit of TLC? To get the most out of your candle, you need to give them a bit of care a long the way. Here are some tips on how to keep your candles burning smoothly and lasting longer.

Candles are beautiful and bring a nice cozy ambience to any room but in order to keep them burning nicely and lasting longer, you need to do a little work with them.


If you don't trim your wicks and don't burn them properly, it could result into having some issues when you try to burn your candle. If you don't trim your wick before each burn it will generally develop a really high flame on the wick and could be a safety risk. But on the other hand, if you trim the wick too short, the candle may not light at all.


You also want to make sure that you give the candle a chance to burn for 3-4 hours (also depending on the size of the jar) before extinguishing it. If you don't give the candle the proper burn time that is needed, it will result into a "Tunneling" effect which means that wax will build up on the sides and you will end up not getting a full use out of your candle and will have lots of wasted wax left over (check out the photo below).

Tunneling Effect from improper burn.

In this blog, I will be giving out some tips on how to keep your candles burning cleaner, longer and better with the standard cotton wicks and our all natural Wood Wicks.



Let's start this off with tips for how to burn your average cotton wick candle:

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Tips For Burning A Standard Cotton Wick Candle.

  1. Before each burn ALWAYS trim your wicks and keep them at 1/4 inch long. This helps prevent uneven burning or flaring.

  2. Keep the pool of wax free of wick trimmings and any debris at all times.

  3. Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning & sooting.

  4. Burn for 3-4 hours each time you light the candle. This will help the candle burn evenly, and remember to trim wicks before each burn.

  5. Do NOT burn a candle longer than 4-5 hours as this could result into the glass/jar getting too hot and could possibly explode/shatter.

  6. Lit candles are very HOT so make sure to never touch the candle while it's lit and allow it to cool before doing so.

  7. Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For safety measures, stop burning a candle when there is ¼ inch of wax left in the vessel.



Care For Wood Wick Candles

Tips For Burning A Wood Wick Candle:


Wood wicks are little bit different than the average cotton wick candles and they can be a bit tricky too. They generally don't have a large flame like a cotton wick candle and they also make a lovely crackling sound that sounds familiar to a fire burning. They still require care just like the cotton wick but these guys are just a bit....sensitive.


  1. Before each burn ALWAYS trim your wick (the burnt edges are cut off) at a length of 1/8" to 3/16". Keeping wood wicks properly trimmed each time will make sure the candle burns better and last longer.

  2. When lighting your wood wick candle, try lighting it from the bottom where the wax meets the wick. You may need to hold the lighter there for a few seconds but it will light.

  3. Just like the cotton wicks and every candle out there, you must keep the pool of wax free of wick trimmings and any debris at all times.

  4. Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning & sooting.

  5. Burn for 3-4 hours each time you burn the candle. This will help the candle burn evenly, and remember to trim wicks before each burn, especially with wood wicks.

  6. Do NOT burn a candle longer than 4-5 hours as this could result into the glass/jar getting too hot and could possibly explode/shatter.

  7. Lit candles are very HOT so make sure to never touch the candle while it's lit and allow it to cool before doing so.

  8. Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For safety measures, stop burning a candle when there is ¼ inch of wax left in the vessel.


If by chance you weren't able to burn your candle long enough and you've noticed that you are now getting that Tunneling effect, you can try wrapping tinfoil around the glass part of the jar (before lighting it) and make sure that the tinfoil doesn't overlap the top of the jar so it doesn't catch on fire.


Are you wondering how the tinfoil will help? Well, since tinfoil is meant to keep heat in when something is wrapped with it like food, it does the same effect with the candles. When the tinfoil is wrapped around the jar, the heat from the flame inside the jar will help melt the wax on the sides of the candle and giving you more wax.


However, this may result in there being too much wax and could flood the wick. So, with that being said another tip can be to blow out the candle, get a piece of paper towel, fold it over a couple of times and dip it in the wax. The paper towel will absorb some of the extra wax inside and will remove it from the jar. This should help the candle get to where it needs to be and will allow it to burn normally.


Overall, just making sure that you trim your wicks before each burn and letting them burn properly, you shouldn't have any issues with your candle(s). Of course there are still times where you may get a defected candle that just doesn't burn right and it's not your fault at all. Just simply contact the supplier you got it from and let them know. Most places (including us) will happily replace that for you.


I hope these tips will help you understand candles and how to get the best out of them. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.






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