Candle Diaries

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You've just been given the most delicious candle so how do you properly care for it? 

Trust me when I say, after years of working with some of the top candle and fragrance brands, there's some tips that really make a difference to your candle lasting well.

Let's get down to basics - start with the care instructions... Every brand of candle will have unique instructions but these instructions never go amiss! Candles are safe when burned properly, responsibly and according to manufactures directions. When burning candles, consumers should follow these basic safety rules:

  • Keep lit candles in sight
  • Never leave candles unattended 
  • Never burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets
  • Keep candles away from drafts and vents 

So how do I get the longest burn from my candle?

To get the best burn from container candles, burn the candle long enough the first time until a wax pool forms that covers the entire surface of the jar. Only extinguish the candle when it reaches this point (you might want to settle in for a day you know you can be home for a good portion of the day). Each time you light the candle after that, plan to burn it until it reaches the “memory pool” you created with the first burn. It is also recommended not to burn the candle for more than 2-3 hours at a time. Generally this is longer than the first burn. Following these guidelines will ensure a cleaner and longer lasting candle. You must also remember to reduce the wick to ¼” before each burn and keep all candles away from drafts as much as possible. We also recommend that you do not use the candle if it is ½ inch from the bottom of the container.

Why is my wick getting smaller the longer my candle burns?

The pool of liquid wax near the wick may be flooding the flame. This will cause the flame to either become smaller or extinguish. If you start to notice this problem, blow out the candle and poor off the liquid wax. It's better to catch this one earlier than later, otherwise it will burn inefficiently.

I've heard candles burn slower and last longer if you put them in the freezer first?

Stop right there! We have seen it recommended on websites but if you store candles in the freezer, they will not burn as well. These charletons are lying to you! Frozen wax will result in less molten wax that is available for consumption in the flame. This causes a smaller, dimmer flame that barely generates enough heat to maintain the burning process. For scented candles it also limits the volume of the fragrances pool of wax, thereby decreasing the hot throw. It is even
possible the candle will start consuming the wick as fuel, and give off excess back soot or smoke. Eventually the candle will warm up to room temperature and proceed to burn in a more normal manner. Likewise, if you are in really cold weather and leave the candle in the car, you need to let the candle adjust to the ambient room temperature before you light it.

What causes my candles to go so smoky?

A well-made candle will create virtually no smoke when burning properly. However, if the wick becomes too long, or an air current disturbs the flames teardrop shape, a small amount of unburned carbon particles (soot) will escape from the flame as a visible wisp of smoke. Any candle will emit soot if the flame is disturbed by a draft. A well designed candle will recover as soon as the draft is removed. To avoid this, always trim the wick to ¼ or 3/8 inch before every use and be sure to place candles away from drafts, vents or air currents. If a candle continually flickers or smokes, it is not burning properly and should be extinguished. Allow the candle to cool, trim the wick, make sure the area is draft free, and then re-light.

How do I keep my candle from burning unevenly?

This generally occurs when the candle isn’t allowed to form a uniform pool of melted wax on the first burn. “Tunneling” may occur if the candle is lit and extinguished before the pool of wax has formed. Upon the first lighting, let the candle burn for a couple of hours or until you see that the wax is melted all the way across the top of the candle.

Have you seen our beautiful candles from Mor and Gascoigne & King? We have delicious everyday scents, as well as a few that are great for the festive season.

Check them out here

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