It is our hope you love our candles as much as we love making them! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the most enjoyment out of your candle.
Soy wax has a "memory", meaning it will melt only to the edge of where it was extinguished the last time it was burned. We recommend the first time you light your candle, to burn it for a few hours until the entire top is liquid wax - all the way to the edges of the glass. That way, the candle will burn cleanly down the sides of the glass instead of tunneling down the middle. For the best experience, burn your candle up to 4 hours at a time.
Our wooden wicks are made out of a thin tube of pressed wood combined with a cotton wick core. The cotton wick keeps the flame stable, while the wood around it crackles and creates a blissful ambiance when burned. When lighting your candle, keep the flame on the wick for 5 - 10 seconds longer than you would normally to ensure that the cotton core catches.
The recommended height of your candle flame is 1 inch, so if you notice your candle's flame is higher than that, trim your wick with scissors or a wick trimmer to between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch to minimize smoke and soot buildup.
If you notice that your candle wick is smoking, trim your wick to 1/4 inch and remove from any drafty areas. If there is soot build-up on the glass of your candle, you may wipe it clean with a damp cloth once the candle is extinguished and completely cool.
Please, do NOT trim your wick if it is less than 1/4 inch in height. If your wick is shorter than 1/4 inch, it will lead to a low flame that will not melt the wax around it to the edge of the glass.
**For extreme cases only:** If your wick is too short, simply use a metal spoon and gently scrape the wax around the wick and all the way to the edges of the glass. Make sure the wax is level across the top of the candle and reveals at least 1/4 inch of the wick. (Instead of discarding the wax you removed, feel free to use in a wax warmer!) Relight your candle and burn until the entire top layer is melted before extinguishing again.
Our senses are designed to naturally acclimate to our surroundings, so you may notice that if you stay in the same room as your candle for an extended period of time, you will stop smelling your candle as strongly. This is completely normal. Simply step out of the room for a few minutes and return. You will notice that the scent is stronger than you noticed before.
Also, the diameter of the candle affects the size of the room that can be fragranced. For a more sizable room, choose a candle with a wider diameter that creates a larger melt pool. For maximum fragrance, keep your space safely contained and burn your candle for 30 minutes before entering. You may also burn multiple candles in the same room to intensify the fragrance.
Our candles get stronger as they age, which means that if you received a freshly-poured candle, the fragrance will get stronger in 1-2 weeks as it cures.