Burning a candle correctly is important to ensure a clean and safe burn while maximizing the candle's fragrance and longevity. Here are the steps to correctly burn a soy wax candle:
Trim the Wick: Before lighting your soy wax candle, trim the wick to approximately 1/4 inch. This helps prevent excessive smoke and soot and ensures an even burn.
Choose an Appropriate Location: Place the candle on a heat-resistant and level surface away from drafts, flammable materials, and out of the reach of pets and children. Avoid placing it near air vents, windows, or fans, as these can affect the evenness of the burn.
Initial Burn: When lighting your soy wax candle for the first time, allow it to burn until the entire top surface becomes liquid. This helps prevent tunneling, where only the center of the candle melts, leaving unused wax along the sides.
Burn Time: Avoid burning your candle for more than 3-4 hours at a time. Excessive burning can cause the wick to become too long and lead to increased smoke and soot.
Maintain a Clean Wick: After each burn, make sure to center and straighten the wick. If the wick becomes too long or starts to curl, trim it back to 1/4 inch before relighting the candle.
Extinguish Safely: To extinguish the candle, use a snuffer, wick dipper, or gently blow it out. Avoid blowing the candle out forcefully, as this can create smoke and soot. Never use water to extinguish the candle.
Avoid Moving a Lit Candle: Don't move a burning candle, as hot wax can spill and cause burns or damage surfaces. Let the candle cool and solidify before relocating it.
Store Properly: Each preservative free Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Co candle is sold inside a recycled Kraft box to protect it from direct sunlight. This helps to prevent the candles from discoloration and preserves their fragrance. When not in use, be sure to store your soy wax candle in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Prevent Tunneling: If tunneling occurs (where only the center of the candle melts), you can use a special candle warmer or carefully wrap the candle in aluminum foil to help the wax melt evenly and avoid wasted wax.
Dispose of Properly: Once your soy wax candle has burned down to about 1/2 inch of wax, it's time to dispose of it. You can freeze the remaining wax to easily remove it from the container, or you can reuse the container for other purposes. Or come in and get a refill on your candle during a Hot Wax Saturday event!
Following these steps will help you enjoy your new Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Co candles safely and make the most of its fragrance and longer burn time. Remember to always exercise caution when dealing with open flames and hot wax.