The burn of a natural wax candle depends of different factors like the temperature and flow of air in the room which are often difficult to control, but I am going to give you some tips to get the best of your candles.
The first burn of your candle is the most important.
When burning your candle for the first time, allow the wax to get an even melting pool reaching the edges of the container (this is to avoid tunneling). Don't burn the candle for more than four hours and no less than two hours the first time.
How long should I burn my candle for?
I would recommend burning your candle for a minimum of one hour after the first use and always watch it out. Don't leave the candle unattended while burning.
Don't burn the candle for more than 4 hours.
If you burn your candle for really long periods, the flame will over heat the container and the wax, making the top of the glass look smoky and causing some discoloration in the wax.
Keep your candle wick healthy.
It is important you care about the wick of your candle to ensure a nice burn all the way down to the bottom. I deliver my candles with aprox. 1cm wick but as the candle burns the wick changes and sometimes it gets a little mushroom shape at the top which is completely normal.
Always trim the top of your candle's wick a little bit before lighting it up again. You can do this with a pair or scissors or a wick trimer. Just gently cut the very top!
Soy wax doesn't get as hot as synthetic candles, therefore the wick and flame should never get too big and produce a lot of smoke. If your candle gets smoky and a high flame then the wick needs to be trimmed.
What to do if your candle tunnels?
Tunnelling doesn't mean the candle is bad quality as many factors impact on the flame and the flow of heat in the wax, which for natural waxes is different to a paraffin candle as they are more sensitive.
Here is my favourite tip for you to do if your candle tunnels during the first or second burn. Take a big piece of tinfoil paper and create a little dome to be placed on top of the candle to cover the top completely, the bigger the candle the much paper you need. Once the dome is done, cut a little hole in the middle of the dome (this is to let the candle breathe), then light up your candle and put the dome on top of the candle ensuring it is covered and the air is not scaping from the inside of the candle.
The tinfoil reflects the heat all over the candle melting the wax that didn't melt evenly at the beginning. Let the candle burn for an hour with the dome on top and see the results.
Avoid placing the candle in draughty areas.
Putting our candles in windowsills is a common mistake. Even if the window is closed there will be some air flowing causing the flame to consume the wax quicker so your candle won't burn for as long as it should.
You want the smell of the candle to stay in the room and not to go away.
The life of the candle ends 2cm away to reaching the bottom.
This is true... Sadly the candles get to and end but you can always get more beautiful candles here.
As your candle burns you will notice small colour changes on the wax which is normal but don't let your candle burn all the way down to the bottom as the less wax inside the container the quicker it overheats. 2cm is to me a good indication the candle is over.
Reuse the candle container.
My candles are poured in glass containers which are recyclable. Once the candle is finished you can pour hot water inside of the container to remove any wax excesses, wash it properly with soap and then use it for other purposes at home.
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