When lighting a candle for the first time, allow the wax to melt all the way to the sides of the container. Should take around 2-3 hours. This is called a full melt pool, because the wax is melted evenly and resembles a pool (pictured above). Failure to allow the candle to create a full melt pool will cause “tunneling” which will limit the life of your candle. “Tunneling” is when the wax burns straight down around the wick only and does not burn the wax evenly. If your candle tunnels you can take foil and wrap it around the candle for 20-30 minutes. The heat will melt the rest of the wax. ⠀
Soy wax burns at a low temperature which requires a thick wick. This wick is made out of 100% cotton/ paper thread. This type of wick does not burn entirely and must be trimmed regularly. Must be trimmed to 1/4” before you re-light your candle. You can trim your wick with regular scissors, a napkin or a special trimmer (pictured above). Otherwise, the top of the wick will start to look like a mushroom. Always ensure to remove the mushroom like carbon from the top of the wick to allow your candle to have a clean burn.
How often do you trim your wicks? Did you know how to care for your wick or was this news to you? Please let me know. ⠀
Following proper wick care will ensure a long-lasting candle, minimize soot, and remove any mushrooming of carbon on the wick. Optimal burn time is 2-3 hours at a time. Never burn a candle for more than 3 hours at a time, otherwise the wax will over heat and your candle will not function correctly. ⠀
"Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness." -Anne Frank