Here are some simple guidelines and tips to make caring for your candle easy. These guidelines apply to vegetable wax container candles, such as those made from soy or rapeseed. There’s nothing complicated or technical about these directions, so you don’t need to panic! It’s important that you understand some of the common pitfalls when using your candle and how you can avoid these. For example, letting the wick get too long, positioning your candle in the wrong place or storing it in an unsuitable environment can all reduce the life and quality of your candle.
Try and store your candle in a cool, dark and dry place. So a good home might be a store cupboard or drawer in a room that doesn’t get much sun. Vegetable wax is sensitive to moisture and heat, so keeping it in sunlight or near a heat source may cause the wax to discolour, change appearance or even melt.
POSITION WITH A LITTLE THOUGHT
It’s important that you don’t put your candle in a place where it is exposed to direct sunlight, heat or a draft (such as in a hallway, by a fireplace, near a door or next to a window) or on an uneven surface. Soy wax has a low melting temperature and it is in danger of melting if left in a hot, sunny place, such as on a window sill. A draft or uneven surface may cause uneven burning, and thus reduce the life of your candle, as well as negatively affecting the appearance of your candle. A draft will also encourage increased smoking.
LIGHT FOR LONGER
Have you ever noticed that if you burn your candle for only a short period of time, the wax only melts in the middle and over a number of burns you start to see a hollow develop in the middle of your candle? It is possible that the wax will ‘drown’ the wick in these circumstances. This can easily be avoided by burning your candle for enough time so that the wax melts right to the edges of the glass, helping to ensure an even burn and longer life.
Aim to trim the wick of your candle down to 1cm after each burn. This is a nifty little trick (not too many people know about) that ensures a minimal amount of smoke is produced during burning and actually helps to prolong the life of your candle. A shorter wick will mean the flame doesn’t get too big and out of control. You can use a pair of scissors or a specially designed wick trimmer. Remember to remove the excess wick, and not leave it in the candle wax. If at any time your candle does smoke excessively, extinguish it immediately and cut the wick down before lighting it again. Make sure you don’t trim the wick so short that it’s impossible to light again!
A LITTLE CLEANING GOES A LONG WAY
To maintain the best appearance of your candle, it’s important to keep it clean. Gently wiping the top of a cold unlit candle with a damp cloth will help remove any dust or debris that has built up; this can be a problem, especially if the candle has been sitting around for a while. Another aid to keeping your candle nice and clean is a candle lid. These are often wooden or metal and can be kept on your candle when it is cool and not in use.
KNOW WHEN TO STOP
Although it can be tempting to try and use up every single last particle of wax in your candle, it is best not to. Once the wax has reached 1cm from the bottom of the jar, you should stop using it. It’s very difficult to light when the wax is this low and it can also make the bottom of the candle jar very hot.
MOST IMPORTANTLY…STAY SAFE
Always burn candles well away from anything flammable or other heat sources and well away from draughts. Never leave a burning candle unsupervised. Ensure children and animals cannot reach the candle and are supervised at all times. Always leave at least 10cm between individual candles. Ensure your candle is positioned on a stable, heat-resistant surface. Having a smoke/heat detector is recommended for all homes and should be tested regularly.
• Store your candle in a cool, dark and dry place.
• Position it out of a draught on a flat, non-slippery, surface and away from fire hazards when burning.
• Let the wax melt right to the edges of the glass before extinguishing to ensure an even burn.
• Keep the wick trimmed to about 1cm before lighting.
You may also be interested in:
© 2015 Zuna Naturals Ltd.