Wood wicks are handmade in the Essence + Alchemy garden laboratory with natural and untreated British sourced FSC wood. Being a natural product they can vary in wood thickness and grain, which will cause every candle to burn a little bit differently, but despite these variations, wood wicks provide a unique burning experience with their warm glow and sounds of crackling wood fires. By following a few candle care tips, you can get the most efficient burn and scent throw from your candle.
Lighting your wick
Tip the candle and light the wick on an angle, where the wax meets the wick this will allow the flame to slowly reach across the wick. If on the first lighting the wick fails to light properly, stops burning or doesn't seem to be burning very strongly, simply extinguish the flame and trim the wick by carefully removing all the loose black bits and relight it until it ignites again. You should now see a much stronger burning flame. You can use a special wick trimming tool (candle wick trimmers) or it's just as easy to use your fingers to gently knock the black bits off the wick or nail clippers work well too.
Spend time with your candle
Make sure that the first burn is a good couple of hours and that the wax melts to the edge of the container, this usually takes around 1 to 2 hours for small candles but can take longer with large beaker candles and refills so it's best to light the candle when you have time to do this. Candle wax has a memory and if you don’t allow your candle to burn to the container edge on the first burn, on every subsequent burn the melted wax pool will ‘tunnel’ down the wick rather than burn evenly out to the container edge. If this happens, the wick can eventually drown in the wax and won't stay lit.
Don't burn your candle for too long
Burning your candle for too long, can cause carbon buildup. This is the result of the candle consuming more wax than it can burn releasing soot into the air and onto your candle container. For best results always burn your candle until the wax has melted to the sides of the container. Remember that wax is a fuel and if you burn your candle for too long, it will start to burn faster. Never burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time.
Always trim your wick
Before relighting your candle (after each burn), remember to trim the wick like above in Tip No. 1 by removing all of the loose burnt pieces off the top of the wick.
Cleaning the container
Wash out any residual wax with warm soapy water or alternatively you can place the glass/porcelain container in the oven (lowest setting), the wax will melt around 50-60 degrees celsius. Use an oven glove/cloth to carefully remove the hot glass/porcelain vessel and pour the wax away into the bin or compost - the wax is biodegradable.