Candle care for tins and glass jars:
- Please heed all safety instructions on the warning label at the bottom of the candle tin.
- Allow the candle to burn at least 3 hours on its initial use for it to reach its full melt pool, but try to not surpass 4 hours to prevent soot build-up on the wick.
- The wick will be pre-trimmed when you receive it, but be sure to trim it before each subsequent burn. This keeps the flame from getting too large, which will burn through your candle at a faster pace. The ideal height for cottons wicks is 1/4 in and for wooden wicks 1/8 - 3/16 in. We sell wick trimmers in our shop, and you can also use your fingers :)
- Some candle scents are stronger than others. If the scent is not as strong as you would like, try burning in a smaller room.
- Do not be alarmed if you see any frosting (crystallization or chalky white edges) or post-burn bumpiness on your candle. This is just an attribute of 100% natural soy wax.
Prepping your container for re-use
Finished with your candle? You can clean your container to either toss it in the recycling bin or reuse it as a storage container!
To clean your candle tin or glass jar:
- Remove the leftover wax, wick, and wick sticker from the container (a plastic knife works well for this).
- Sit the container on some hot water or blow with a hair dryer to melt the remaining wax. Do not pour water inside the container, because you do not want to pour wax down the drain
- Use a paper towel to wipe the melted wax. Then wash with soap and warm water, or wipe with alcohol
- We do not recommend storing edible items in these containers, as traces of wax and fragrance oil could remain
Wooden wick troubleshooting:
Wooden wicks give a touch of sophistication to your candle but they can be quite finicky! Here are some notes if you are having trouble getting your wooden wick to light.
- When you initially light your wick, give it some time to stabilize. The flame will dance around a little and may appear on the verge of extinguishing, but more often than not it will revive itself without interference and keep its flame.
- If the flame does go out completely, trim the charred bits so that the top is even and try lighting it again.
- Be sure to always trim the top before relighting (you can use a wick trimmer or pinch it off with your fingers) so that there are no uneven edges. The ideal height for wooden wicks is 1/8-3/16". If it is too long, the flame will not be able to soak up the wax and it will go out.
- It can be helpful to hold your jar sideways when you light it so that the flame of your lighter will envelop the whole wick.
- If you ever feel like your wick has been trimmed too short, you can take some steps to correct this. If the wax is still melted, you can stick a piece of paper towel in it to soak up some of the wax. If the wax is solid, you can scoop out some of the wax and re-melt the wax evenly with a hair dryer, so that more of the wick becomes exposed. Only take these steps when the candle is unlit.