Things You Might Not Know | Candle Burning Guide

Burning candle in the right way from NZ Lavender Herb Farm

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We appreciate your enthusiasm for burning our candles in your home. To ensure the safest and most enjoyable candle-burning experience, please follow these essential safety instructions. Remember, candles are an open flame, and it's crucial to handle them with care and respect.

Candle Burning Done Right: Tips for a Better Experience

Have you ever wondered why your candle wick behaves oddly, or why there are smoky stains on your candle jar? If you've been burning candles for a while, you might have been doing it wrong. Here are some tips to enhance your candle-burning experience and save money on replacements:

1. Trim Your Wick for the First Burn: Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to 0.5cm. This simple step can extend the life of your candle.

2. Ensure a Full Melt on the First Burn: Candles have a memory, and the first burn sets the tone. Allow the top layer of wax to melt completely across the candle's surface, typically taking at least two hours. This prevents tunneling, where the wick sinks, leaving unmelted wax around the edge.

3. Trim the Wick Every Time: Before each burn, trim the wick using scissors or nail clippers. This prevents the wick from forming a mushroom-esque shape, ensuring a clean and controlled flame.

4. Keep Your Candle Away from Drafts: Avoid placing your candle near open windows, air conditioners, or fans. Moving air can disturb the flame, leading to black marks on the jar and a lighter scent.

5. Light the Candle Horizontally: When you have about half of the candle left, it may be challenging to light due to limited oxygen near the bottom of the jar. Hold the candle horizontally to allow better airflow for easier lighting.

6. Discontinue Use with 1 cm of Wax Remaining: As a safety measure, stop burning a candle when only 1 cm (0.30 inches) of wax remains in the container.

7. Safely Extinguishing the Flame: Don't Blow Out the Flame" when burning a candle because blowing can cause hot wax to splatter and potentially create a fire hazard. Instead, use a candle snuffer or gently dip the wick into the wax and then straighten it up again to extinguish the flame safely and without creating a mess.

8. Relighting Candles Safely: Always allow the wax to completely cool down before relighting the candle. Check that the melted wax has hardened sufficiently if you intend to light a candle that was recently extinguished. This precaution helps prevent accidents and ensures a safer candle-burning experience.

By following these tips, you'll no longer feel frustrated about burning candles incorrectly and can enjoy a more pleasant candle-burning experience.

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