3R Candle Care

Get the most out of your Candle.

The first thing we want everyone to know is this:

As with all candles, the first burn is the most important. To begin, candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size. Typically you would want to allow ample time to burn the candles continuously until the entire top layer has melted before extinguishing the flame. For our 9 oz candle, this means 2.5hr - 3hrs of continuous burning. This should make the candle burn evenly.

1. Trim the Wick. Every time you Burn. 

Each time you want to burn your candle, start by trimming the wick to between 1/8 and 1/4 inches long. You can use scissors, nail clippers (that's what we use at the shop), or a specialized wick trimmer, but no matter what you do, always trim.
Why? First, trimmed wicks will give you a cleaner, brighter burn. Untrimmed wicks are a lot more likely to take on a weird mushroom-esque shape that dulls and obscures the flame. 
And second, excessively long wicks are a top cause of those nasty smoky stains that end up on your glass jar candles. Trimming the wick keeps the flame in control and prevents those marks from forming in the first place. 

 

2. Let the wax melt all the way across. 

 Once your candle is lit, don't blow it out until the top layer of wax has melted all the way across. This might take several hours — so don't set out to burn a candle at all unless you've got time to kill. 

Whenever you fail to achieve full melt, you're contributing to a process that many refer to as tunnelling. The wick starts to sink lower and lower, like a tunnel is forming right through the center of the candle.

Eventually, the tunnel will grow so deep that it'll be tough to light the wick at all. More importantly, all that unmelted wax on the sides represents hours of lovely fragrance and burn time you bought but won't ever get to utilize. 

It takes patience, but if you melt the wax all the way across every time you burn, the surface of the candle will stay  flat and the sides of the jar will stay clean, all the way down until the candle is spent. 

3. Keep the flame away from moving air. 

Do your best to keep your burning candle away from fans, air conditioners, open windows, or heavily trafficked areas where people walk back and forth a lot. Moving air can disturb the flame, leading to even more unsightly black marks on the glass. 

 

Extra tip: Be wary of extra-wide candles that only have one wick. If the candle surface has just one wick and a diameter of more than 3 or 4 inches, don't buy it. One wick will never produce enough heat to melt it all the way across. 

Right now, we only have one size option for our candles. The jar is 2.75" across in diameter and the wick should be sufficient to melt across the top. You never want to start burning the candle only to blow it out a few minutes later, that will cause it to start tunneling.