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Size Matters: The importance of trimming your wick! Why & How!

As candle lovers we know that our scented candle needs a little bit of love, care and attention for them to look and perform there best.

The first burn of a candle is the most important?

This first burn needs long enough for the whole top layer to become a liquid, I always recommend four hours.

If you do not do this, then your candle will not burn evenly.

Soy wax has a ‘memory’ and it will remember to burn to the outer rims every burn thereafter.

Why trimming wicks is so important.

Keeping your wicks trimmed to 5mm / ¼” before every burn encourages an even burn, a steady flame, limits sooting and mushrooming of the wick.

Leaving it untrimmed can have disastrous results. The long wick can start to curl over and the access wick drops off into your melt pool, making it appear dirty and become a fire hazard.

The flame will be huge! This makes the candle burn much hotter than it should causing an incomplete combustion, meaning that the burnt wax produces carbon leading to soot, this is then released into your air and will leave those unsightly black marks on the side of the candle glass.

The result of this large flame is now compromising the fragrance. The function of the melted wax is to allow the fragrance to evaporate and fill the room, if the wax is melting to hot and too fast its burning off the molecules of the fragrance before it gets a chance to evaporate

When should you trim your wick?

Before every burn. If you’re using our three-wick candle bowl, make sure that all the wicks are at the same height to guarantee an even burn.

We use wick trimmers to trim our wicks. These trimmers have a ledge that collects any falling debris from the wick, so it doesn’t land on top of the candle.

Scissors and nail clippers are also great to use. Just remember to remove any debris.

During the burning of the candle if you notice soot forming on the side of the glass, the flame starts to smoke or flicker your candle is not burning properly and the flame isn’t controlled. Extinguish the candle, allow to cool, trim the wick and check for draughts before re-lighting. Do not move while lit. Stop use when 1/4” of wax remains. Never let your candle burn dry. NEVER LEAVE A BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED. Keep all candles out of reach of children & pets.

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