Candle Care & Accessories
Do you know about the wide range of candle accessories we carry? How about the right (and wrong!) ways to use and care for your candles? Read on for our advice on how to get the most out of every candle, every time.
Before its first burn, you should trim the wick of your Soy Wax Candle (or any candle for that matter!) so that it is just 1/4" long. This ensures that the wax melts evenly around the wick and the flame burns cleanly and in a controlled manner. If you've ever had the misfortune of melted wax encompassing your candle's wick and being unable to re-light it or attempting to dig the wick out, it's likely you've been the victim of a too-long wick!
After the first burn, it's important to continue trimming to 1/4" as is necessary. In the event that your wick plumes at the tip, lighting it without trimming will result in an uncontrolled flame, black smoke and soot and, depending on how far melted your candle is, it can cause the side of your glass to stain and discolor. While any pair of scissors will work to trim the cotton wicks we use, the Northern Lights Wick Trimmer helps you easily reach into the container and cuts the wick straight across.
Your HSCo Soy Wax Candle has a burn time of up to 120 hours! We advise that each time you light your candle – and especially the first time – you allow your candle to burn for at least 60 minutes (but not more than 4 hours) before extinguishing the flame. This allows for the melted wax to reach all the way to the edge of the candle, ensuring that your candle burns cleanly down the glass, and avoids tunneling. If you've ever seen the outer edge of your candle not melt with the rest of the wax, leaving a deep divot in the center around the wick, you have experienced tunneling!
Have you been extinguishing your candle's flame by blowing it out? Well it may surprise you to know there's a better way! Using a wick snuffer has many benefits, like avoiding spraying hot wax around, and preserving your wick. Your wick snuffer will also help remove any billowing at the top of the wick, as well as extinguishing the flame with much less smoke. Wick snuffing is also a good practice as it helps avoid soot and can make your candle easier to light at next use, by lightly coating it in wax allowing it to stand upright.
This is just a fun one! While not a necessary accessory for proper candle use and maintenance, the Bottelabra turns your favorite bottle into a beautiful decorative candelabra. A Bottelabra and a taper candle or two make a phenomenal gift – especially alongside a nice bottle of wine!