Maximize your candle experience with our candle care suggestions and tips

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Safety instructions for lighting a candle

Using candles safely at home is extremely important to avoid any serious safety hazards. Please read the below instructions carefully before lighting your new scented candle at home.

  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.

  • Always burn your candle on a stable, heat resistant surface.

  • Choose an area away from drafts, open air vents or ceiling fans. This will help avoid rapid burning and prevent flare-ups.

  • Please remove any pine cones from the candles during the first light when the wax is soft, using a metal spoon.

  • To ensure the most even candle burn, please remove the crystals during the first light when the wax is soft after extinguishing the flame, using a metal spoon.

  • To prevent fire, do not leave burning candles unattended. Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire.

  • Keep burning candles out of reach of children and pets.

  • The candle container and wax will be hot when the candle is lit.

  • Do not burn your candle all the way down. Stop using the candle when there is 1cm of wax left at the bottom of the jar.

  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly.

  • Never use a candle as a night light, please remember to extinguish it before sleep.

  • Extinguish candle carefully, allow it to cool completely before touching or moving it.

  • Once you have reached the end of your candle, take out your crystals carefully and gently rinse them under warm water to remove any remaining wax

How to get the perfect burn...

  • Trim the wick to 1/4-inch each time before burning to ensure a clean burn and prevent your candle from smoking and creating soot marks on your container. Remember to trim the wick only when the wax is completely dry.

  • Do not burn the candles for more than 4 hours at a time to prevent the candle from overheating.

  • To ensure the most even candle burn, please remove the crystals during the first light when the wax is soft after extinguishing the flame, using a metal spoon.

  • Stop burning the candle when ½ inch unmelted wax remains.

  • Ideally, use a snuffer to put out the flame. When you blow a flame, it creates and spreads black ash particles that get stuck in the wax. 

  • When not in use, use our signature wooden lids to prevent any dust or dirt to collect in the liquid wax.

  • Store the candles in a cool, dry and dark place when not intended to display or not in use.

How to avoid candle tunneling and ensure a consistent burn throughout the life of the candle...

  • Candle Tunneling happens when the candle burns straight down the centre leaving hard wax around the edges of the candle. This will cause your candle to not achieve its maximum burn hours due to the left out wax, a real waste of your beloved scented candle. Also, as the candle flame burrows down its middle, it gets increasingly hard to light the wick as it might eventually drown in the melted wax.

  • The first burn of a candle is critical in avoiding tunneling and sets the foundation for how the candle will perform for the rest of its life. The first burn creates a wax ‘memory’ that determines each subsequent burn. So, it is really important that the candle stays lit for approximately 3 hours the first time, till the pool of melted wax reaches the edges of the candle. We generally recommend that the wax pool be about 1cm deep at the edges before snuffing out the flame.

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How to clean and recycle the candle jars

There is nothing like enjoying the delicate aromas of our crystal-infused candles after those long tiresome days. But now that your favourite candle is finished don’t let them be thrown into landfill or sat in recycling. You can still reuse and repurpose them to be used as a part of your home decor, organiser or storage!

Cleaning your candle jar...

  • Firstly, remove as much of the leftover wax as possible using a teaspoon. 

  • Then, fill the container with soap and hot water from the tap, let it sit for a minute, before scrubbing the inside clean. 

  • Wick tabs and labels fall off easily. If it's stuck down, just slip a sharp knife underneath and pop it out.

  • Rinse the containers until the leftover wax is completely cleaned.

A word of caution...

  • We recommend using the above method for cleaning your jars as it’s less likely to break your container than other methods.

  • Never pour the melted wax down the drain. It will cool and eventually solidify, clogging up the drain

  • If you are using other methods to clean the jar, please avoid overheating the glass containers. There is a risk that the glass might explode if the jar gets too hot. We recommend to use our above mentioned method to avoid any safety hazards.

  • Please do not ever use a microwave to melt the leftover wax inside used candle jars. The wick holder is made out of metal, which could not only ruin your microwave, but could also pose a serious fire hazard. We always recommend the above method for cleaning our candle jars.

So, now that you’ve got a nice clean candle jar, here are some different ways to upcycle your leftover candle jars...

  • A nice addition to your vanity desk to hold your favorite makeup brushes!

  • Use it as a desk organizer to hold pens, pencils etc.

  • For your bathroom storage

  • As an elegant vase for fresh flowers

  • Use it as a planter for a small cactus or succulent

  • Lastly, as a standalone decorative jar on your shelf!

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