How to get the Most out of Your Candle

Candles of any size, shape, or scent are beautiful additions to any home and can brighten an entire room, but they are also unique pieces of art that need to be cared for in order to get the most out of them.  We at Antique Candle Works have put together an easy-to-follow guide so that you may have the best possible experience with our candles.

 

First Light

This may be the most important tip for the first time you light your Mason Jar or Antique Candle. When you light a new candle, allow the wax to melt across the entire top surface of the candle so that the wax has melted to the sides of the jar or vintage vessel.  This may take a couple of hours depending on the size of the candle, but if you’re patient, this will prevent tunneling and allow for a more even burn the next time you light it.  After this, you should be able to have a clean burn for 2-4 hours. 

Storage - They like the dark

You may be familiar with this one: always store your candles in a cool, dry, and dark place. Storing candles in direct sunlight or harsh indoor lighting for long periods of time may cause them to fade or warp.  Even though all of our candles are white, this is still a good tip to follow!

 

Wicks, Wicks, Wicks


Trim them! This is a crucial aspect of candle care that, if not followed, can potentially be a hazard.  Trimming the wick to about ¼-½ inch will allow for a more even burn and will help prevent the wick from mushrooming or creating soot.  If the wick is not trimmed, the flame of the candle may grow too large and begin to smoke or flicker, which are signs that the flame isn’t properly controlled.  If this occurs, simply extinguish the flame, wait for the candle to completely cool, and trim the wick with either a wick trimmer or scissors. 

Cleanliness is next to...

If dust forms on the surface of your candle, be sure to clean it off before lighting. To do this, use a soft cloth that is either dry or lightly dampened with water.  You can also use a piece of nylon.

Snuff it out

A snuffer is recommended when extinguishing your candle. However, blowing out your candle works just as well.  When you blow it out, be careful not to splatter the hot wax.  You can also carefully dip the wick into the melted wax around it to extinguish the flame.  This prevents splattering and smoking, and will allow you to straighten the wick afterward.

Antique Candle Works strives to bring a stylish and enjoyable candle experience to your home, but once the candle leaves us, it still needs to be handled with care.  I hope that this short guide has helped you better understand how to care for your candle and has answered some of questions you may have had.  Follow these tips, and your candle will surely reach its full potential from start to finish!

 

Please contact us or email Brittany at brittany@antiquecandleworks.com if you have any questions or would like more information about Antique Candle Works and our candles!

 

Have a blessed day!

 

 

 

 

Photos by Hannah Christine Photography, The Grace House, and Ashley from Our Modern Antebellum.