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Candle Care Basics 101

You Got a New Candle and You Love It. Great! Now how do you hold on to this great new vessel and fragrance as long as you can? Here is your ultimate guide to properly burning your candles. We want teach you all of the basics as well as things you didn't even think there was to know about candles. Have an issue burning your candle all the way through? Need to troubleshoot? Need help finding ways to make your beauties burn longer? Get ready because we are going to break it all down with this new C4P Candle blog page and give you some bright ideas.

Helping your candle burn to its potential is a delicate balance of leaving it alone and keeping an eye on it. Most surfaces aren’t perfectly even, so we recommend rotating your candle 180 degrees every 30 minutes. This will ensure that you get an even pool of liquid wax.

Keeping your candle burning clean

Candle lovers may already know this but to make sure your candle burn evenly, you want to follow these 3 basic candle principles: Trim- Center- Relax/Wait!

  • After your first burn, Trim your wick 1/8" before you burn again. You can use a wick trimmer or even a pair of scissors. This will keep your candle free of debris and this is the best way to avoid soot and smoke, however, dealing with fire can often leave a bit of soot along the inside of the glass.

  • Making sure your wick is centered will allow for frictionless fragrance throw. You can do this quickly before each burn by gently guiding the wick back into place towards the center of the candle. Keeping your candle wick centered ensures that your candle will burn evenly throughout and not burn more on one side. This is important because if your wick gets too long or out of place, it could cause the glass to heat too quickly on one side and crack.

  • MOST critical step. The first time you burn your candle make sure to wait at least 3 hours or until the wax pool liquefies to the edge of your glass. Once the wax pool is completely melted on the top, then you can blow out your candle.

Why is this so important? Because if you blow out a candle too quickly, the wax has "memory" and will stay in this position for the length of your burn. Freaky, right?

Once your candle has this memory ring, it will continue to tunnel downwards throughout the life of the candle. A good rule of thumb is to burn the candle one hour for every inch of diameter of the vessel.

Don't forget to clean your vessel.

  • Get a paper towel and some coconut oil.

  • When the candle is cooled, wipe the inside of the glass with the coconut oil.

Candle Burning Dont's

  • Don’t leave unattended

  • Don’t play with the wax or try to move the wax around the jar. This will make the wax uneven and promote uneven burning.

  • Don’t burn for more than 2 hours. Your wick can “mushroom” and create a large and unstable flame.

  • Don’t forget to trim that wick! Untrimmed wicks lead to popping, smoking, and soot. This is how candles end up looking dirty and full of debris.

  • Don’t burn in a small unventilated room.

  • Don’t fall asleep with your candle burning.

Catch you late!! Next week blog "CANDLE TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS"

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