How to take care of your candles
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How to take care of your candles

Keep your candles and wax melts smelling their best, looking great and, most importantly, burning safe. We’ve put together some tips to help.

How to take care of your candles

The important first burn

During the first candle burn, you’ll want to ensure a full pool has formed (when the melted wax has reached the edges of the container) – this prevents an uneven burn in future uses.

Never leave a candle burning for longer than 4 hours – this can lead to overheating or wick movement, reducing the candle’s overall life.

General tips and candle safety

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Do not move a candle before the wax has cooled – the container may be hot
  • Place your candle out of reach of children and pets.
  • Blow out the candle lightly or snuff it out if possible.
  • Do not burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.
  • Burn the candle on an even surface.

The end of the candle

When your candle comes to the end of its life, keep around 10mm of wax at the bottom of the jar. This helps to keep the base of the vessel from overheating.

Once cooled, you can scoop the remaining wax out, using it in a wax melter. You can then clean the container with hot and soapy water, remove the wick holder and reuse or recycle the jar.

Wick Care

After your first burn, ensure the wick is trimmed to around 5mm before lighting, allowing the candle to burn gently.

A wick that’s too long can smoke and burn the candle quicker, but too short could start to tunnel, reducing the life of the candle.

If you notice a ‘mushroom’ at the top of the wick, allow the candle to cool and trim it down – this is a build up on the wick and reduces the effectiveness of the wick.

Our candles use rapeseed and coconut wax.

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Wax Melt care

  • Remove the tree stump shaped melt from the packaging and place it in the well of your melt burner.
  • Use with an unscented tea light or an electric burner.
  • Only burn the melt on a level, fire-resistant surface.
  • Do not burn for more than 4 hours at a time.
  • Do not put fingers or hands into the unit.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Do not leave unattended.The burner may become hot.
  • Do not touch while in use.

Cleaning a wax melter

Once a melt has reached the end of its life, usually over 2 – 4 melts, you’ll need to remove the wax from the melter. While we recommend using tea light melters, powerful, electric melters can also be used.

    • Electric Melters
      • If the wax is still hot, leave it to cool for a little while and then scoop up the wax with a paper towel and place it into a bin.
      • If the wax is fully cooled, you can either turn the warmer on for a few minutes and do the above trick or you may be able to apply a small amount of force to the wax on one edge and it should come out in a block.
    • Tea light melter
      • Let the wax fully cool, apply a small amount of force to the wax on one edge and it should come out in a block. Alternative, you can place the melter in a freezer for around 10 minutes, making it easier to remove the wax.

What is candle frosting?

This is a unique and natural effect of using natural waxes. Sometimes, a white ‘frost’ effect covering the surface of a candle can be seen, it’s simply a crystallisation of the wax and can happen for many reasons.

It does not affect the burning or fragrance of the candle and sometimes it can enhance the look of the candle itself.

If you have any questions about our Rapeseed and Coconut wax candles, tea lights or wax melts – please get in touch, we’re always happy to help or you can browse the shop.

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