How to Candle With Care

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If you're here, chances are you love candles as much as we do. But did you know that taking care of your candles is just as important as enjoying their comforting scents? No need to worry though – we’ve got you covered! We'll walk you through all the tips and tricks for proper candle safety and how to get the most life out of your candle. So let’s get started!

Picture this: Your new candle has just arrived, and you can’t wait to relax and light it up. But before you do, let’s take a moment to appreciate its beauty.

First things first, inspect your new candle. Check the vessel carefully to ensure it wasn’t damaged during shipment. Even the tiniest hairline fracture in the glass is a no-go, so if you spot any signs of breakage, please refrain from burning the candle.

Next, take a moment to read the warning label located on the base of the candle. Also, take a peek inside your package. Did you receive any additional collateral or instructions about candle care? If so, make sure to read them over.

Alright, now that everything looks good, let’s cover some key points before you light it up:

Wick Trimming: Always trim your wick before each lighting. A length of 1/4” is ideal, as it ensures controlled burning and minimizes excess soot, creating a cleaner and safer environment. Our gold wick trimmers come in handy, but nail clippers and scissors work too.

Just to note: Olive + Pine candles are ready to light upon opening, so no need to trim the wick prior to the first burn.

The Memory of Wax: Did you know that soy wax has a “memory” so to speak? It will only burn as far or wide as the initial burn. When you light your candle for the first time, allow the melt pool to reach the edges of the vessel. To ensure an optimal burn, follow this simple rule of thumb: burn the candle for one hour per inch of the vessel’s diameter. For example, if your candle has a diameter of 3 inches, it should take approximately 3 hours to achieve a full melt pool. Avoid burning for more than 4 hours at a time to maintain its longevity and performance.

A Draft-Free Zone: Keep your candles away from drafts, vents, and air currents. These factors can lead to uneven burning and may cause the flame to burn uncontrollably. Additionally, please be mindful of the candle’s placement and avoid positioning near window treatments, plants, or any other objects that could pose a fire hazard.

Extinguishing: When it’s time to put out the flame, you have two safe options: gently blow it out or use a candle snuffer – our gold candle snuffers work perfectly for this purpose! This accessory is a must-have for every candle lover, as it safely covers and extinguishes the flame, preventing wax from splashing. Your candle care routine just got simpler!

Storage Tips: To preserve the fragrance and prevent changes to the wax, it’s best to store candles out of direct sunlight and in a cool, dry space. Moisture along with UV rays can affect the candle’s quality, so proper storage will maintain the candles' scent and overall aesthetic.

Safety First: Always, always, always, keep candles out of reach from children and pets! We want to keep our little ones and fur babies as safe as possible, so please make sure you are burning candles within sight. To prevent the vessel from overheating, it's recommended to stop burning when less than half an inch of wax remains.

And that wraps it up! Now that you know how to candle with care, you’re ready to put flame to wick! Should you ever need a refresher, you know where to find us. Enjoy, candle lovers!

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