A great candle experience begins with proper candle care and maintenance.
Have you ever had a candle burn down the centre?
That's called 'tunneling' or a 'memory ring'
As with all candles, the first burn is the most important. To begin, candles should be burned to completely liquefy the entire top layer of wax. This can vary in time, if it's colder, it will take longer. Be patient, in can take hours but it's worth it not to waste wax.
If the wax is not allowed to liquefy or to melt from edge to edge of the jar or tumbler, it will create a “memory ring,” especially if this is the first time the candle is lit. Once a candle has this “memory ring,” it will continue to tunnel and to burn that way for the life of the candle.
Have you had the candle has burn down one side? Check for draughts. A flickering flame is bad for a clean burn.
Use a lid for a clean burn.
A great candle tool to prevent tunneling and to promote a clean, even burn that uses every inch of wax is the Illuma-Lid. The Illuma-Lid sits on top of a large or medium jar and helps to steady the flame so that an even wax pool is formed. The specially designed shape of the Illuma-Lid also helps to keep the heat of the flame inside the jar rather than escaping. That ensures a clean, even burn that will provide a full wax pool. The result is a jar that burns clean, even, and when used with a well-maintained wick, can prevent excess sooting. All while allowing superb distribution of the fragrance.
Having an issue with soot or smoke?
We suggest trimming the wick. When wick trimming, you should always extinguish the flame, let the candle come to room temperature, and trim the wick to around 3mm / 1/8th of an inch before relighting.
Don't let your candle burn too long without trimming the wick. There's nothing worse than having to re-paint a wall because you didn't trim a wick. It's best to do it regularly but the second you see black smoke, that wick needs trimming!
If you have a candle snuffer, all the better, you can gently dowse the flame when you’re done to prevent smoking and wax escaping the candle.
Know when to say goodbye
We never like to see the end of our favourite fragrance, but once your candle wax is 1cm from the bottom; it's officially finished.
This will prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface or container itself. The glass can get hot on the bottom as the flame nears the base of the jar and most of the wax has been consumed. By following this instruction, the glass will not get too hot.
Besides, that means it's time to try a different scent!