That first burn.
Trim your wick to 0.5cm before burning. This will help prevent soot and extend the life of the candle.
The initial burn must last till the wax pool meets the edge of the vessel - this helps prevent tunnelling
You can use scissors or a specialised wick trimmer, but no matter what you do, always trim... trimmed wicks will give you a cleaner, brighter burn. Untrimmed wicks are a lot more likely to take on a weird mushroom-esque shape that dulls and obscures the flame.
Beyond that, trimmed wicks keep your candles clean so you can avoid those ugly burnt rings around the jar/vessel and soot fall.
Trim your wick every single time
Burn your candle 3 hours at a time:
This is so the melted wax created is not too excessive, and that the glass does not get too hot. Burning for 3 hours at a time also prevents tunnelling – as with too much wax the wick may start to lean, as it will not be stabilized enough in the wax to stay straight.
Using a candle snuffer minimizes smoke plume (this works by depriving the candle of oxygen), and also stops particles from the wick been blown into the wax pool beneath the wick. A glass lid can achieve this result as well, but make sure the lid/underside is burn proof first!
Dispose of candle when 1cm of wax is remaining in the vessel:
This is safe practise and industry standard advice. Excessive heat collecting in the base of the vessel from the wax along with potentially some foreign particles from the wick or air – may damage the integrity of the vessel or create burn marks/ areas at the base of the vessel.
Also with this heat collecting, the base of the vessel will become very hot and may damage surfaces and be harder to handle
Candle Product Safety:
- Use a candle plate to protect surfaces. Never put a candle directly on a surface that is flammable or could be damaged by heat
- Do not burn candles in a draft and keep away from anything that could ignite
- Never move a burning candle. Allow the candle to cool and solidify before moving. The candle vessel and wax can become extremely hot when in use
- Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing
- Keep away from children and pets
- Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.
Diffuser Product Safety:
- Avoid contact with eyes and skin
- Do not ingest
- Do not place directly onto fabric or furniture
- Do not place on varnished surfaces - place on a diffuser plate for safety.
- Do not place near a naked flame
- Take care when rotating sticks to ensure fluid does not drop onto surfaces.