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Candle Burning Information

We are aware of the potential hazards in using - lead wicks,-
  which is why our candles are made with 100% USA LeadFree wicks 

Did You know candle wicks have a Memory???   They do!  When you light the wick for the first time, it remembers how far across the liquid pool gets. Once this happens the candle continues to burn to that point. This is why its important to allow the entire surface to Liquefy completely, which results in a longer lasting candle.

Avoiding Soot from Candles

All candles whether they are palm, soy or paraffin can cause soot build up on the glass. Chandlers have been telling people for years the need to Trim your wick to 1/4 . Why- today many chandlers use high concentrated fragrances- which will cause your wick to mushroom- this is not bad- it simply means your wick is too long. Allowing the wick to be longer than the prescribed 1/4 or less- will allow the carbon from the flame to give your jars, and containers a black ring. Soot comes from the carbon in the flame mixed with the high concentrate of fragrances. Though using an inferior wax can cause soot- and bad burning of the candle, the main cause of soot or a blackened candle jar is too long a wick.
So trim those wicks every time you light your wick, and during the burning you can use a toe nail clipper or long sheers to trim the small mushroom or bulb caused by the flame.

Helpful Candle Tips:

Burn candles 1 hour for each inch of it's diameter. By burning your candle less than the diameter of the candle (ie: 2 hours on a 3" pillar) will cause any candle to burn improperly causing a hole. The next burn the wick will only go to the diameter of the hole created by the first burn and thus you have an improper burning candle.
Example= Votive must be burned for 1 1/2 to 2 hours first time before extinguishing.  This allows the flame time to melt the wax to the outer edge. Burning less time will cause the candle to core burn down the middle shorten burn time. Example: a 3" wide candle should be burned for 3-4 hours at a time.
Pillar candles- to maintian there shape - after extinguishing the candle flame- gently hug the outer sides of the candle- pushing the tops in. Be careful to not hug the candle too hard. This allows the candle to burn all of the wax and gives you a beautiful looking, burning and smelling candle.Do this each time you extinguish your candle flame.
Use toe nail clippers to trim wicks in jars in which scissors won't fit.
Candles will fade if left in direct sunlight or spotlights for extended periods of time. Office lighting will also fade candles.
Before a party, light and extinguish candles.  They  will light more quickly and easily later.
Candles (generally votive or pillars) refrigerated before using will burn more slowly and evenly.  Wrap in foil or plastic before refrigeration to prevent wicks from absorbing moisture.
To extinguish a candle, use a wick dipper and gently push the ends of the wick into the melted wax. Lift the wick back out and your ready for the next time. Also you can use a candle snuffer, or hold fingers in front of the flame and blow.  This will prevent hot wax from splattering on furniture.

Candle Problem Solving:

If a wick becomes too short to light, carve away enough wax to expose the fresh wick, then trim 1/4 inch off the top of the candle and burn the candle to reform it's appearance. 
Crooked burning:  If wick moves off center, use a butter knife, or wooden skewer to gently push it back to center. If there is a draft, rotating the candle can help it burn evenly. 
If soot builds up inside container,clean with a paper towel & Windex, or .  Wipe over the cleaned area with water dampened paper towel afterward. Allow the container to dry thoroughly before re-lighting.  Baby wipes work as well!
Clean soiled or scratched candles with old nylons or use a touch of salad oil on a soft cloth. 
Remove wax from holders by running very hot water over them.
To remove wax from washable fabrics,scrape off excess wax and run boiling water through the material. We have also found Desolve to work well.

Container and Jar Candles

Cleaning wick soot from jars- You can take a handi wipe, Baby wipe or a piece of paper towel with windex or 409 on it and gently wipe the top of the jar. Make sure its not burning before attempting to clean.
To avoid glass containers shattering: Do not burn a candle in a container that is chipped or cracked.  Do not allow candle to burn completely down to the bottom of container,stop about 1/2 inch short.  Do not allow flame to touch sides of container.
Containers may become very hot, handle with care!
Allow candle to cool before replacing lid on jar.
Container candles & votive containers should be set in a wire holder or on a trivet to protect surfaces from heat. Hot candle jars can damage furniture.
All candles, especially highly scented ones, will produce some smoke and soot, but proper burning (keeping wick trimmed and avoiding drafts, fans, open windows will help eliminate this problem.

As always keep the burning candle away from small fingers , pets paws and tails.
Always Be Fire Safe

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