Candle Care

General Safety for all Candles:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

How to Store and Care for your Candles:

  • Keep Candles in a Cool Dry Place:   Candles are sensitive to light and will fade with prolonged exposure to any kind of light. Excessive heat will also
    weaken the surface and can make the candle warp.
  • Storing Tapers:   Tapers should lie flat in a paper-lined drawer either wrapped or in the box they came in to protect them from breakage or warping. Wrapped sets in tissue paper will help to keep them organized.
  • Increase Burn Time:   Wrap candles in plastic wrap or foil & keep in the refrigerator. Not only will this slow the burning process down but by wrapping them you are also keeping the wick from absorbing moisture.
  • Before a Party, Light and Extinguish your Candles:   They will be much easier to light when the time comes!
  • Removing Leftover Wax from its Holder:   Simply place in the freezer for several hours or overnight and depending on the shape of your container, it will drop out when you tip it over or you can pry/break it out using a small paring knife. You can also wipe the inside of the holder with non-stick cooking spray prior to inserting the candle which works especially well with the removal of the candle stubs.

How to Burn a Candle Safely:

Before Lighting

  • Remove all packaging.
  • Read and follow the instructions on the labels.
  • Trim the wick to ΒΌ inch (5mm) each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning.
  • Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax. Candles at times may contain air bubbles that can cause seepage, therefore it is important to use a candle holder suitable to accommodate excess wax spillage.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Candles need oxygen to burn. If you burn a candle in a small, confined area, it will smoke so consider the size of the room when you arrange your candles to make sure they will have sufficient oxygen to burn cleanly.
  • Place the candle holder or candle container on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.

While Burning

  • For the first time you light your candle, burn your candle for one hour per 2.5cm of the diameter of the candle, blow it out and let cool.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle. Never move a candle when the wax is liquefied.
  • Don't burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches (5cm) of wax remains (1/2 inch (15mm) if in a container).
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
  • A wick curls as part of the combustion process, to get the wick re-centered, extinguish the candle, use a metal object such as a paper clip or similar to recenter the wick. Relight when cool.
  • Always keep the candle within your sight. If you are going to leave the room, be sure to first extinguish all candles.
  • Never burn your candle for longer than 3 hours at a time.

When Extinguishing

  • Use a candle snuffer (which could be found under our Tapers and Gifts for Her sections or retailers such as Ikea) to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.
  • Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
  • Don't touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.

General Candle Hints:

  • To avoid fading, please do not place your candle in direct sunlight.
  • Candles need oxygen to burn. Consider the size of the room when you arrange your candles to make sure they will have sufficient oxygen to burn cleanly.
  • Candle dyes can mark your furniture, so place them on a candle holder or plate.
  • Special tip: To sample a scented candle, breathe the fragrance in from the bottom of the candle rather than the top or side. Undisturbed by circulating air, the aroma will be intensely concentrated there, more so than on any other part of the candle.