The First Burn is the Most Important!
When you light your candle for the first time, always allow the wax to burn so that it melts across the entire surface to the edges and pools to the edges of the container. This will effectively assist in preventing tunneling and help promote an even burn for the duration of the candle's life.
Avoid light and hot temperatures
Candle waxes and fragrances are sensitive to both temperature and light, so try to be careful when storing candles. Try to always store your candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will always help protect it from discoloration and fading. If you sell your candles, try to keep this in mind when attending outdoor market stalls or other locations that could potentially be exposed to the sun or intense light. You can always keep a few sample products out for display whilst leaving your pre-packaged stock close by to sell.
If you aim to have your candles stocked by retail stores, it is probably worth spending the time including some maintenance instructions which are directly suited to your particular candles (remember all candles are different!).
Keep your wick trimmed!
Try to ensure that your wick is always kept to 5mm long at all times. We recommend trimming the wick every 3 hours of burn time. When trimming, always extinguish the flame, let the candle cool down to room temperature, remove any wick debris and trim the wick before relighting. We sell wick trimmers in three colors: gold, rose gold, and chrome. This will help to encourage a more even burn, steady flame, and limit mushrooming and sooting.
Try to avoid burning candles for more than three hours in one sitting. We suggest that after burning a candle for three hours, you should allow the candle to cool for two hours before relighting.
Remember to also continually re-position your wick to keep it centered so as prevent the glass from being exposed to heat from the wick flame. See our Keeping Wicks Centred Page for more details.
Follow the half-inch wax rule
Always monitor the amount of remaining wax in a candle container. Once the wax falls below the half-inch mark (1.27 centimeters), discontinue use. The container can heat up when the flame nears the base of the jar and there is not much remaining wax. Following this rule will help prevent heat damage to the container and the surface surrounding the candle.
Putting out your candle
Try to always use a proper candle snuffer to extinguish your candles as this will prevent the wick from moving and wax from spilling. This will also assist in maximizing your burn times. We sell candle snuffers in three colors: gold rose gold and chrome.
Always use the appropriate votive glassware to burn these types of candles as the wax will liquefy because it is low melt wax. The inside of the votive glass should be a similar size to the votive candle itself as if the container is too wide, the flame will not reach all the liquid wax and excess wax will remain. Generally, if the votive candle fits the glass more snugly, it will burn for longer.
In order to help protect your votive glassware from excessive heat, once you have made your wax candle in a mold and before you place it in a votive container, you can try adding a tiny amount of water (1/4 of a teaspoon) to the candle container. This will also make cleaning easier if you want to get repeated use out of your candle glassware.
To read about cracking defects and prevention, have a look at our Cracking Defects Guide.
Adhesion or 'Wet Spot' Issues
This is a very common occurrence so do not dismay! Check out our comprehensive Adhesion Problem Guide!
Spilt Wax Removal
If you accidentally spill candle wax, ensure that you let it harden so it can be easily removed in pieces. Cover it with paper towels, newspaper, or similar spare material you have lying around and gently press with an iron on low heat. The spilt wax should melt and absorb into the paper.
Blackened Edges of Glass
If your candle glass starts to blacken with use, remember to keep the wick trimmed. Also always wait until after the candle is extinguished and cooled before removing the black marks with a dry paper towel.
Extinguishing the Wick
To extinguish the candle flame, use a snuffer or carefully dip the wick into melted wax and then straighten to prevent smoking and prevent hot wax splatter. Try to avoid blowing candle flames out and do not extinguish with water as this can cause containers to break.
Maximizing your Scent Throw
In order to maximize fragrance scent throw in a room, keep doors and windows closed and burn for 30 minutes. Opening windows and doors will help the scent to disperse.
Article credit to @eroma