Candles of any shape, fragrance, or size are gorgeous additions to any space 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 Simply Vela Candle Co. have created an easy-to-follow guide so that you may have the best possible experience with your candles.
That First Light
This may be the most important tip for the first time you light your Simply Vela 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 vessel. This may take a couple of hours depending on the size of the candle, but if you’re patient, this will prevent tunneling, allow for a more even burn the next time you light it and this will give you the best hot throw (aka that beautiful Simply Vela fragrance). After this, you should be able to have a clean burn for 2-4 hours.
Storage - Candles like the dark
Some may not be familiar with this one but candles should always be stored in a cool, dry, and dark place. Because soy wax has a lower melting point than store bought (paraffin wax) candles, storing candles in direct sunlight or harsh indoor lighting for long periods of time may cause them to fade or warp. Although our candles are made without color dyes, this is still a good tip to follow!
Trim Those Wicks
This is a necessary 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 excessively 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.
Keep the Tops Clean
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 slightly dampened with water. You can also use a piece of nylon.
Extinguishing your Candle
A snuffer or wick dipper is recommended when extinguishing your candle however even some common household items such as a pencil or tweezers can be used to dip the wick into the candle wax, which will extinguish the flame without any smoke. More commonly however, you can blow out your candle, just be careful not to splatter the hot wax!
Our desire here at Simply Vela Candle Co. is 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.
We 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!