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Let it Burn: Candles 101

Christen McCluney

Candles seem pretty simple to use. Opening a container and lighting a wick is pretty straightforward. But there is always something to learn so that you can use a product in the best and safest way possible. Here are a few tips to make your candle experience a great one.

  1. Let your candle burn until the wax melts out to all the edges of the vessel. This may take from about 30 to 60 minutes to happen. If you blow out a soy candle before the wax goes liquid to the edge, it can create wells down the center of the candle.

  2. Keep your traditional wicks trimmed to an even 1/4th inch. A too long wick tends to split and leave residue in your candle. Long wicks also burn your candles faster than necessary. Keep wood wicks trimmed to 1/8th of an inch to obtain the cleanest burn. With both wicks, you can gently trim them with your fingers or a wick trimmer (when cool). Make sure that you discard all parts of the wick that you have broken off do not leave small pieces of it on the top of the wax so that your candles can remain clean and beautiful.

  3. When not being used, store your candles in a cool dark area away from direct sunlight. WIth our gold travel tins putting the lid on is a great way to protect your candles from sunlight and dust. 

  4. As relaxing as candles can be don't leave them unattended. Blow out the soy candle before you go to sleep!!  Our candle collection should help you relax & release,  but if you start to feel sleepy PLEASE blow out the candle before you fall asleep. 

  5. Reuse your tins and tumblers. Once your candle burns down to the bottom, clean your candle containers and find a new purpose for it. Soy wax cleans out easily with hot water and liquid soap or you can put the tin in the freezer and break the hardened wax out of the container. Candle tins are great to hold jewelry, plant small succulents, store crystals, keep on a desk for small supplies, and so many more ways. If you don't want to keep the containers you can always recycle them. 

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