As much as we love candles, (and we really LOVE candles!) it’s just as important to remember that they can be a fire hazard if not used properly. For tips on how to enjoy your candles safely, please be sure to read the following information thoroughly to learn how to properly care for your candle. Candles ‘n Cocktails will not be responsible for any damages resulting from the improper use of our products.
When lighting your candle for the first time…
- Be sure to continuously burn your candle for a minimum of 3-4.5 hours to allow the surface of the wax to melt completely. Our candles should burn approximately one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size. This allows for the entire surface of your candle to fully melt and create an even burn pool, which will result in the biggest, boldest scent possible and prevent tunneling.
- Avoid placing your candle in a drafty area. As you can imagine, a breeze is no friend to an open flame! Draughts can cause your candle to be consumed more rapidly decreasing overall burn time, cause uneven burning, smoking and diminish the strength of the candle’s scent.
- Never leave your candle unattended. (We’re looking at you “I’m just gonna leave it on overnight” candle lovers!) Keep away from children, pets, flammable materials and do not place on delicate surfaces or directly against walls.
- Once you’re ready, extinguish the flame with our candle snuffer. This prevents smoking and hot wax from splattering everywhere. You should then re-straighten the wick and ensure it is properly centered while the wax is still liquid using our candle dipper for optimal results.
- Never forget to trim the wick before your next use! Your candle wick should never be longer than ¼ inch – the same length as when new. This is by far one of the most important steps to ensure a strong, pure burn and it should always be performed prior to relighting your candle. Trimming the wick prevents the flame from becoming too large and also prevents mushrooming (the black carbon build up at the tip of the wick) which is responsible for both soot and smoke, as well as reduced burn time. We specifically recommend using our wick trimmers to trim your wick as these are specially designed to cut candle wicks and prolong the life of your candle.
- Take care to store your candle properly in a dry, cool place away from direct or indirect sunlight. Be sure to use the lid to protect your candle from dust and debris and to preserve the purity of the wax and strength of the fragrance.
Uh-oh! Is your candle not performing as well as it once did? Don’t panic, chances are it is one of the following common issues that can be fixed in no time:
Omg the flame is too high!!! What do I do?
- Please don’t start a forest fire and blame us, Smokey the Bear would be very disappointed… But not to worry! Should your candle flame ever become too high, smoke or flicker excessively, simply extinguish the flame and let the candle cool. Then, trim the wick and check for drafts before relighting. An ideal flame is tear shaped, centered and upright with minimal flickering. Any instability in the height or consistency of the flame indicates that the candle is not burning properly.
What is this round black thing on my wick?
- That my friend, is called a mushroom. They are annoying, unsightly, and have the potential to be quite hazardous if unaddressed; frankly, the bane of our existence. The carbon buildup on the tip of the wick is relatively normal and occurs when the flame consumes more wax than it can burn. This generally happens when you have burned your candle for hours on end or have continuously relit your candle without trimming the wick. This can cause the wick to become unstable, the flame to get too large, your candle to smoke, and soot to be released into the air and around your candle container.
- Solution: be sure to trim your wicks before each use! Doing so will keep the flame at an optimum size for the best burn, candle longevity and your safety.
PS: Some fragrances are more prone to mushrooming than others: Yes, we’re talking about you Caramel Macaron Martini! So take extra special care to trim the wick of this particular fragrance after every use.
Why is my candle smoking?
- Did someone forget to trim their wick again?? The primary cause of smoke is an overly long wick. When a candle burns, the wax near the flame melts and the liquid wax is pulled up the wick to feed the flame. If the wick is too long the balance of heat and fuel will be off, and the chemical reaction produces excess soot and smoke instead of the glorious scent that we intended for you to experience.
- Solution: always remember to trim your wicks regularly. It will not only preserve your scent but also will prevent the build up of black smoke and the glass candle-holder from overheating. Should you find soot on the perimeter of your container, simply extinguish the candle, wait for it to cool, then wipe clean with a damp cloth. Trim the wick and then relight your candle and enjoy!