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CANDLE BURING TIPS

Follow these instructions and enjoy your candle for approximately 120 hours or more! 
  • Always trim the candle wick to 1/4 of an inch before lighting you candle. Coconut wax does not burn as hot as paraffin wax, so coconut wax candles require a thicker wick, which does not burn 100% and needs to be trimmed regularly. If you don't trim your wick the flame will be large and your candle won't last as long. Wick trimmers are designed especially for this and work better than scissors or you can also pinch the wick off with tissue. 

  • The first time you light your candle let it burn for at least 4 hours. This will ensure that your candle has a full melt pool of wax. Meaning that at least the first 1/4 inch of wax at the top of the candle is fully melted all the way to the sides of the container. This will prevent the wax from burning a tunnel down the middle of the candle. 

  • Coconut wax like many other waxes has a "memory." For best results let the wax form a full melt pool *every time* you light it to avoid tunneling. (A thin amount of wax left on the glass is normal with some of our candles) 

  • Keep your wick straight. If you notice your wick starting to lean a little to one side find something you can safely use to straighten it. This works best while the top layer of wax is melted and will prevent your candle from burning unevenly. 

  • You can extinguish your candle by blowing it out or if you prefer to not have the wick smoke you can extinguish it by dipping the wick into the melted wax and then straightening it. This will stop the wick from smoking and will help with re-lighting the next time. Wick dippers are great for this or you can use something such a wood chopstick. Don't use the lid to extinguish your candle flame or you'll trap the smoke smell from the wick inside the candle. 

  • Place your candle where it's free from any drafts. Drafts can make the flame bounce around a lot and cause your wax to burn faster and your candle not to last as long.

  • If your candle has a bow or ribbon on it remove it before burning.

  • Always place candles away from things that could catch fire and where children or pets can't reach them. 

  • Use a longer grill type lighter to light your candle. Candle containers can be hard to fit your hand into and this way you don't risk burning your hand with a lighter flame.

  • Never leave a candle burning unattended.