Congratulations! You have made the first step to “Get Enlightened”! Although candles bring relaxation, memories and comfort, their open flame can be hazardous when not monitored properly. We want to make sure you burn your candle happily and safely, so Get Lit Responsibly!
I’m sure you have many questions, like, Will it burn evenly? Will I know how to trim the wick properly? How can I keep it clean? Don’t fret! We’ve got the answers to all of your burning candle questions. Let’s get to it!
Of course, attention is key when it comes to an open flame, but there's a bit more than meets the eye to keeping your candle burning at it's best. We've gathered our tips and tricks of the trade to help you make your favorite Scentual Enlightenment candles last.
1. TRIM. YOUR. WICK.
Trim your wick to ¼” prior to every single burn. This ensures proper burning. This is going to help your candle burn a little bit slower and last a little bit longer. Make sure you’re doing this when the candle wax is solid, right before you light it. Remove and discard those trimmings in the trash and none land in the glass. You can use scissors, nail cutters, or wick trimmers. Your candle will burn better and last longer. Those flammable dots need to be kicked out so you can Get Lit!
2. THE FIRST BURN - THE MOST IMPORTANT BURN
First light, burn 1 hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the candle. Let the melted wax pool reach all the way to the edge of the container.. This prevents the candle from tunneling and ensures an even burn. Natural wax blends that contain soy have a wax memory, so the first burn is important to avoid tunneling. If you don’t you run the risk of burning straight down the center of the candle and missing out on precious hours of enlightening fragrance.
Signature - 1st burn approx. 3 hours
Frosted - 1st burn approx. 2.5 - 3 hours
Mini - 1st burn approx. 2.5 - 3 hours
3. BURN SAFELY
That being said, don’t burn your candles for too long either! 3- 4 hours is usually a max to ensure the longevity of your candle, otherwise the candle may get too hot and the wick will get too long.
Burn in a safe environment. Place your candles on non-flammable, heat resistant surfaces and never leave a burning candle unattended.
Put the flame out and let your candle solidify before trimming and burning again.
Once there’s less than ¼’ of wax left in the glass, it's time to let go. Industry standard safety measures suggest not burning any candle all the way to the bottom of the vessel, and Scentual Enlightenment is no different. We know, it's hard to come to terms with losing your favorite scent, but consider it an opportunity to give something new a try.
You can reuse your container by simply cleaning it out. You can either freeze the remaining candle for a few hours and the wax should pop out. Sometimes this can be tricky, if that doesn't seem to work for you, you can always fill a pot with ¼" - ½" of water and place the candle inside. Let the wax slowly melt and wipe away any wax and remove wick. Wash with soap and water for your new reusable container.
Your candle is now beautifully lit and giving off a wonderfully fragrant scent - go you! Here are just a few more tips to ensure it stays that way for many hours to come:
- A draft is your candle’s worst enemy. Keep your candle away from ceiling fans, high traffic areas, and vents. Aside from being a safety issue, a moving flame can also cause uneven burning and black soot around the jar.
- Never leave a candle unattended and keep out of reach of children and pets
- Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame is too high
- Burn your candle between one and four hours at a time for best results
- The smaller the candle, the less fragrant it may be. If you aren’t getting a strong enough smell, try burning a few complementary smaller candles side-by-side, or place your candle in a smaller room.
It may seem like a lot for candle care, but trust us, these little tips are going to make you and your wax happy :)