Candle care

CANDLE CARE

 GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS 

  • Light each candle at the base of the wick tip until a visible flame has formed.
  • To extinguish your candles dip the wick into the wax pool with a metal tool, then straighten it again. This will prime the wick ready for the next burning session and eliminate any wisping.
  • Always burn candles away from drafts, children and pets.
  • Always secure each candle on or in a suitable holder and then place the holder on a heat resistant surface.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended or pick it up while it's hot.
  • The best way to remove wax from candle holders is to place them in the freezer. Once the wax is cool enough it can be chipped off easily.
  • Keep beeswax candles stored in the dark to avoid them fading in bright sunlight and to preserve their natural scent.
  • Remove all labels before lighting.
  • All burning times listed are approximate.


BEESWAX BLOOM

  • 100% pure beeswax candles will develop a bloom on the exterior of each candle after a period of time. It's a sign of the purity of the wax and is therefore considered desirable, but it can be removed easily with a soft cloth if you would prefer your candles to shine.

 
PILLAR CANDLES

  • These should be firmly secured on a suitable candle plate holder that has a wider base than the candle itself, then placed on a heat resistant surface.
  • Light each one at the base of the wick tip until a visible flame has formed.
  • Pillar candles need to burn for periods of a few hours at a time until a wide wax pool has formed. This will avoid the candle burning a hole down through the centre or 'tunnelling'.
  • Ensure the flame doesn't 'lean' to one side or the other by avoiding drafts across the candle.
  • IMPORTANT: for an even burn, once the molten wax has formed a wide pool extinguish the candle by gently dipping the wick into the wax pool with a metal tool and then straightening it again. Then gently push the remaining walls or 'mantel' of the candle towards the centre (to reform a flat top).
  • If necessary keep the wick trimmed to 1cm.
  • If the walls are left too high then the candle will flicker and struggle while burning. 
  • If pillar candles are placed inside an enclosed container they may flicker and struggle to burn properly.


CHURCH CANDLES (25 HOUR)

  • These should be firmly secured on a suitable candle plate holder that has a wider base than the candle itself, then placed on a heat resistant surface.
  • Light at the base of the wick tip until a visible flame has formed.
  • Burn each one for at least 2 hours at a time and long enough for a wide wax pool to form.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to 1cm.
  • Ensure the candle has formed a 'flat top' before you extinguish it.
  • To extinguish, gently dip the wick into the wax pool with a metal tool and then straighten it again.
  • It is preferable to trim the wick when it is still warm as it can become brittle when cold.


CHURCH CANDLES (80 HOUR)

  • These should be firmly secured on a suitable candle plate holder that has a wider base than the candle itself, then placed on a heat resistant surface.
  • Light each one at the base of the wick tip until a visible flame has formed.
  • 80 hour church candles need to burn for periods of a few hours at a time until a wide wax pool has formed. This will avoid the candle burning a hole down through the centre or 'tunnelling'.
  • Ensure the wick stays upright at all times and keep it trimmed to 1cm.
  • Ensure the flame doesn't 'lean' to one side or the other by avoiding drafts across the candle.
  • IMPORTANT For an even burn, once the molten wax has formed a wide pool extinguish the candle by gently dipping the wick into the wax pool with a metal tool and then straightening it again. Then gently push the remaining walls or 'mantel' of the candle towards the centre (to reform a flat top). Allow to cool completely before relighting.
  • If the walls are left too high then the candle will flicker and struggle to burn. 
  • It is preferable to trim the wick when it is still warm as it can become brittle when cold.

 
ROLLED CANDLES

  • These should be firmly secured on a suitable candle plate that has a wider base than the candle itself, then placed on a heat resistant surface.
  • Light each one at the base of the wick tip until a visible flame has formed.
  • To extinguish, gently dip the wick into the wax pool with a metal tool and then straighten it again
  • Wide rolled candles should be treated as pillar candles. Please refer to specific instructions that are supplied with each one.

 

TAPER CANDLES

  • Taper candles should be firmly secured in a suitable taper holder before lighting and then placed on a heat resistant surface.
  • Light each one at the base of the wick tip until a visible flame has formed.
  • IMPORTANT To extinguish, gently dip the wick into the wax pool with a metal tool and then straighten it again. This will prime the wick ready for the next burn and eliminate any wisping. Don't allow the wick to smoke or smoulder after extinguishing it as this may affect it's ability to be lit again.

VOTIVE CANDLES

  • These should always be burned in the glass holder supplied and placed on a heat resistant surface. 
  • Light with a long taper to avoid sooting on the edge of the glass holder.
  • Do not pick up the votive holder while the candle is burning or while the holder is still hot.
  • Each votive candle should be burned for at least three hours initially and then for a maximum of 3 hours in each session.
  • Extinguish each time by gently dipping the wick into the wax pool and then straightening it again in preparation for the next time you light it.
  • If the flame diminishes in size then extinguish the candle, wait for it to cool completely and then relight it.
  • Extinguish when a few millimetres of wax is left in the base of the votive holder.
  • To remove any stubborn wax from your holders place them in the freezer. Once the wax is fully cold it can be removed easily.
  • Wipe clean your holders after use.

TEA LIGHT CANDLES

  • These are designed to be burned within the tea light cup supplied and then placed in an appropriate tea light holder on a heat resistant surface.
  • Tightly fitting stone holders may affect the performance of the tea light and lead to an uneven burn. Open style holders will offer the best performance.
  • Ideally tea lights need to be burned in one session to obtain the maximum amount of hours per tealight.

 

DECORATIVE CANDLES eg. CHRISTMAS TREES

  • These should always be used in conjunction with a suitable candle plate holder that has a wider base than the candle itself.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to 5mm.


    Enjoy your candles!