Candle Care 101

1 - Free & Clear

This probably goes without saying, but some of us are candle newbies here. Before burning your candle, be sure to remove all packaging materials.

2 - Trim. The. Wick.

We get it. You just opened your box. The packaging feels luxurious, the candle smells heavenly and you just want to light it right away. Slow down. Relax. Trimming the wick to an appropriate length (1/8" for wood wicks) is the first step in candle care. Be sure to trim the wick when the candle is completely solid and discard the extra bits of wick straight into the trash - like you do brussel sprouts. No one needs that kind of negativity in their lives.

3 - Patience is Key

We know you want to light your candle immediately, but be sure you have at least 3 hours to spare before lighting. To get the most out of your candle and avoid tunneling, you are going to want to burn your candles between 3-4 hours at a time. These candles are designed to pull down residual cling (wax stuck to the edge of the container) as you get farther down into the candle. By the end of your candle's life, you should have a fairly clean container with minimal wax residue.

4 - Easy Breezy

Keep candles away from drafts (including open windows and fans). A draft can increase the size of the flame and cause flickering, which can lead to an uneven burning of the candle and sooting.

5 - Call it Quits

After 4-5 hour, it's time to call it quits. Any longer and the wick could get too long and the candle could get too hot. Put out the flame and let the candle completely solidify before trimming the wick and relighting.

6 - Say Goodbye

Once your candle burns down to approximately 1/4" or whenever the wick holder is visible, it is time to say goodbye. Good news - our containers are easily reusable (stay tuned for a re-purposing video.)

 

If you have any questions that aren't answered here or on the FAQ page or if you just want to chat, please feel free to send me a message at sales@xoancandleco.com.

As always, brighten lives and be kind.

-Jess