It might seem odd to have instructions for burning a candle, but the correct burn can be the difference between a long lasting healthy candle and a tunnelling or quick burn candle.
Let it burn: The first burn is so important. The candle needs to burn until the melted wax covers the whole top of the candle, you shouldn’t see any solid wax on top. This could take up to three or four hours so make sure you have time to relax and enjoy your candle before you light it. The scent will increase with each subsequent burn and may take a few hours initially to really get going.
Trim those wicks . . but not too much!
A candle with a trimmed wick can last up to 30% longer so make sure you keep the wick at about 1/4 inch or just over 1/2 a cm, when burning your candle. Trimmed wicks will also prevent the candle from producing soot and the vessel from becoming too hot. Don’t trim the wick too short though or the wax will extinguish the flame. No one likes a sad candle!
Never leave a burning candle unattended and always burn away from flammable material and open windows or draughts. Glasses and tins can become hot so wait until the candle has fully cooled before moving it. Never burn the candle all the way to the bottom – leave a small amount of wax in the jar to prevent base from overheating. For more information about candle care refer to the product care & safety page.
Burning candles not only makes your house smell fantastic, but there is also a certain therapeutic benefit to watching an open flame flicker away.
Essential oils have been known to have amazing health benefits such as reducing stress and encouraging relaxation. The sense of smell is also closely linked with memories and burning different scents can help to evoke and create lasting memories.
Our Yin and Yang vessels are all handmade and reusable as planters when you have finished burning your candle. Simply clean the vessel by adding boiling water to remove any wax. Place vessel in the sink to prevent any hot water splashing onto skin or surfaces. Let the water cool then you should be able to lift the wax from the top of the cooled water. You may need to repeat this process a number of times. Once all the wax has been removed, gently clean your vessels with hot water and soap to remove any residue then leave to dry. Do not empty wax into the sink as it may clog the drain.
Once your vessel is clean, gently push out the draining hole using a blunt instrument and fill with potting mix. Follow the directions to plant the seeded paper dust cover, or fill with your favourite succulents.