caring for your candle

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Wood wicks are handmade with natural and untreated wood and can vary in wood thickness and grain. This 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. 

Tip No. 1 - 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. 

Tips No.2 - 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 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.  

Tip No. 3 - Don't burn your candles for too long

If you burn your candle for too long, the wick will develop 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 for up to 2 hours at a time or until the wax has melted to the side of the container.  

Tip No. 4 - 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.