Simply Vela Candle Co. Care Guides
As with all candles and wax melts, care must be taken to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. We always recommend that you abide by the federal warnings/burning instructions that are listed on the sticker that is attached to each and every one of our products. Below is additional safe use instructions.
Caring for your Candles
When lighting your candle for the first time, be sure to burn until the wax melts across the entire surface, up to the sides of the container. Doing so will prevent "tunneling" (when your candle burns only down the center), and creates an even burn.
Getting a proper melt pool can take around 2-4 hours but do not burn your candles for longer than 4 hours at a time.
Keep your wick trimmed to 1/4". Occasionally, "mushrooming" at the top of the wick may occur. This is okay and simply means that there is a build up of carbon from burning for longer periods of time or perhaps a draft.
After the candle is extinguished, allow wick to harden and carefully trim to 1/4".
You might notice white crystals or "frosting" on your soy candles after the first burn. This is a normal feature of soy wax.
Frosting is a natural characteristic and should not be considered a flaw. It doesn't affect the quality or burn of the candle.
Soy wax burns cooler than paraffin wax, therefore by burning soy candles, your candle can last up to 50% longer. Soy wax has a lower melt point so remember to keep your soy candle out of direct sunlight as this may cause the candle to 'sweat'.
If this happens, remove the candle from the heat source and allow to cool. It will quickly return to its normal state.
Additionally, since soy wax has a lower melting point, it can release excess fragrance oils, known as "sweating" (this is due to extreme temperature changes due to shipping - i.e. going from hot trucks to an air-conditioned environment or going from cold trucks in the winter to heated homes). If you notice your candle "sweating" simply wipe it out with a tissue or paper towel. Sweat from soy candles does not affect the burn quality and generally the sweat drops will not re-appear after your first burn.
Light your candle in a well-ventilated room, away from drafts, or fans, which can cause sooting (black marks on the vessel), or rapid, uneven burning.
Be sure you stop burning your candle when 1/4" of wax remains at the bottom, keeping an eye on a burning candle when the wax is low.
Caring for your Wax Melts
You can use an electric wax warmer or a tealight warmer to melt your Simply Vela Wax Melts. The strength of the scent is dependent on the chosen scent, the type of warmer used as well as how many melts you choose to burn at one time. This is totally up to your discretion.
Place your Wax Melts in a well ventilated, melt approved melt burner and never add water. Warmers come in a variety of styles – some use tealights or low wattage bulbs. Never use heat from a stove or use any other non-certified wax melt appliance; they will get too hot.
Don’t forget to extinguish the tealight candle or turn off the electrical appliance when leaving the room – never leave them unattended or within reach of children.
When using a tealight warmer (our preferred method as there is a better fragrance release) do not allow the flame from the tealight to touch the underside of the melt bowl (part where the wax melt sits).
Place your melt burner/warmer in a safe, stable area, away from drafts and anything flammable and also well out of the reach of children and pets. Remove your desired amount of Simply Vela wax melts from the packaging and place in the top of the warmer- do not add water.
When placing your melts into your warmer, once fully melted, ensure the bowl contains a 1/2″ or more of wax. If it doesn't either add another melt or discard the used wax and start fresh with new melts.
When your are ready to switch scents, simply turn your electric warmer off or blow out the candle for your tealight warmer. Once the wax melt has cooled it will solidify again, you can either re-use the wax until the fragrance has been consumed or gently tap the sides of the burner and most times the melted wax will pop out. If not place the burner in the freezer for a short time and try again. You can discard the used wax melt or seal it in a plastic bag to re-use another time.
Next, simply take a paper towel and wipe down the interior of your warmer bowl to clean out any residual scent/coloring.
Remember, burning wax melts involves hot melted wax and possibly a candle flame (if using tealight warmers); these two combined can be dangerous, so take care and enjoy the wonderful fragrances that are available in our Simply Vela wax melts.
You can also use your Simply Vela soy wax melts without melting them by using them as natural air fresheners - place one on a small piece of baking paper or aluminum foil inside your closets, clothes drawers, or bathrooms.