Basic Candle Care
A great candle experience begins with proper candle care and maintenance.
How to LOVE your candles from Witchy Secrets
FIND YOUR FAVORITE. There are plenty of choices.
TRIM THE WICK. Keep your wick trimmed
LET THE WAX POOL. Each time you burn your candle, allow the entire top layer to become a fragrant pool of liquid wax and you'll get the biggest, boldest scent possible.
BURN IT SAFELY. Always burn your candle on a heat resistant surface, keep it out of drafts and NEVER leave it unattended while lit.
KNOW WHEN TO SAY GOODBYE. When only 1/2" of wax remains, it's time to let your candle go.
REPEAT STEPS 1 THROUGH 5. Keep going until you've tried them all!
Preventing memory rings.
As with all candles, the first burn is the most important. To begin, candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size. Therefore, a large Original Jar Candle should burn a minimum of 4 hours to liquefy the entire top layer of wax. If the wax is not allowed to liquefy or to melt from edge to edge of the jar or tumbler, it will create a “memory ring,” especially if this is the first time the candle is lit. Once a candle has this “memory ring,” it will continue to tunnel and to burn that way for the life of the candle.
Keep the wick trimmed to the proper length at all times.
Keeping your candle’s wick trimmed helps it burn more cleanly and efficiently. The proper wick length of our candles varies by size, shape, and fragrance. When wick trimming, you should always extinguish the flame, let the candle come to room temperature, and trim the wick to the length stated on your candle’s bottom label before relighting. We suggest trimming the wick every 4 hours of burn time.
Use a wick trimmer for a perfect trim.
Here’s how to properly use a wick trimmer:
Place the bottom of the trimmer flush with the surface of the candle.
Rock the trimmer back so that the “elbow” now rests on the surface of the candle.
Ensure that your trimmer is angled to get the proper wick length. This will prevent the wick from being cut too short, causing the candle to burn improperly.
Bring the two handles together to trim the wick. Discard the remnant wick before lighting.
Candles should not be burned for more than four hours at a time.
It is recommended that after burning for four hours, candles be extinguished, allowed to cool for two hours, and trimmed before relighting.
Follow the half inch rule.
Discontinue use of a candle when ½” of wax remains at the bottom of the jar. This will prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface or container itself. The glass can get hot on the bottom as the flame nears the base of the jar and most of the wax has been consumed. By following this instruction, the glass will not get too hot. It is for this same reason that Witchy Wicks does not endorse the use of heating surfaces or “candle warmers.”
For safety’s sake.
Always burn candles well away from drafts, other heat sources, and anything flammable. Make sure burning candles are out of reach of children and pets. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
How to Store Your Candle Properly
The candle wax and fragrance oils we use in our candles are sensitive to both temperature and light, so please be careful when storing candles for an extended period of time. If you store your candle, be sure it is in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight or intense light. Keeping it in a dark place like a cupboard or box will protect it from fading and discoloration.