It is so important to maintain correct candle care and know how to burn candles safely. This way, you can get the longest burn time and the full intent of out of your candles.
The first time you light your candle, whether it’s a plain candle or spell candle, you MUST let it burn for at least 2 hours! This creates a wax pool that reaches the sides of the candle to achieve an even burn every time it is lit. Burning a candle for less time, each time, creates a small pool of wax that will end up creating a tunnel. In the end, this will lead to your candle putting itself out and essentially rendering the candle useless.
Place candles in flameproof jars or cups to double the burn time, this also prevents liquid wax from going everywhere. A votive that burns for around 8 hours will burn for 16 hours if placed into a proper votive cup.
Always trim the wick before burning. Even if you’re relighting a candle, trim the wick to .5cm. When the wick is too long it will burn uneven and create soot/smoke, making your walls black and dirty. A long wick also creates a higher flame, this is because the wick is actually burning and not the wax.
If you must, and really really want to increase the candles life, you can place your candle in the freezer for 2 to 4 hours and then light it. Freezing the candle increases the burn time but we not recommend this. This can lead to the candle cracking, loosing its colour or deforming in other ways.
Candle Care Check List
- Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, carpets, paper, flammable materials, etc.
- Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be fire resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
- Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting.
- Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.
- Place burning candles at least 6 cm apart from one another. This helps ensure they don’t melt each other, or create their own drafts that cause improper burning.
- Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters. Or place your hand behind the candle flame and blow the candle out slowly. Always snuff out your spell candles as blowing them out (using the element Air) will undo all your hard work.
- Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and can cause glass containers to break.
- Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick to 1/4 inch, then check for drafts before relighting.
- Special care should be taken when burning spell candles that contain herbs or resins. Always remove any labels, ribbons, adornments, make sure the candles not near burnable material and dust off any herbs/resins around the wick of the candle before lighting.
- Most importantly, NEVER leave candles unattended!
Burn Safely and with Confidence
I always think of candles like the Ocean, never turn your back to it. While it seems safe and harmless, things can get out of control fairly quickly when you’re not watching. So, hopefully this candle care guide helps you get the most out of your Speak in Spells candles and keep you (and your home) safe!