Caring for your Candles

Caring for your Candles

More and more Candles have become a statement piece of the modern home. They now take centre stage in a table or shelf display in the home rather than hidden in the bottom drawer for blackouts and often form the focal point of a room. 
The excitement you get when you purchase a beautiful Luxe candle jar is real and all you want to go home, light your candle and put your feet up with a wine while soaking in the alluring fragrance. 
Contrary to popular belief your Candles aren't just set and forget ( Please don't set and forget!) They need a little TLC just like the rest of us to get the best we can from it. 
What to do when you light your jar for the first time
Its Important to burn your candle to the edge on its first burn. This creates the memory and avoids 'Tunnelling' of the Candle. Tunnelling occurs when the candle Isn't burnt evenly to the edge especially on the first burn. It creates a 'Memory ring' that the candle follows each burn so if not burnt to a liquid pool of wax all the way it will continue to burn to the last burnt edge all the way down. This can create a hole in the middle of the candle not to mentioned alot of waste in your beautiful Jar. The time for this burn can vary depending on the size of your Jar but typically it is recommended to burn a hour for every inch of candle width. Typically 3-4 hours at a time. 
Centreing your Wick 
In addition to your initial Memory burn its important not to forget to centre your wick. Wicks are made from wax coated cotton. The wax around the wick will melt off as its burn which means your wick may move side to side as it burns. Check in with your candle from time to time to check if the wick is still in the centre. If not use a safe object ( nothing flammable) that you can easily move the wick into them middle of the jar with. By doing this you not only ensure an even burn of your wax but that there is not too much heat concentrated on one side of the jar creating it to get to hot and explode. This can be extremely dangerous.
Trimming your wicks for each burn
After each burn you may notice a mushrooming of your wick. You will need to ensure you trim this off to avoid smoking of the candle the next time you burn. Its advisable to do this once the candle has cooled to avoid dropping any debris into the melted wax which can be messy. Equally your wick may suddenly vanish into the cooling wax if you don't catch it quick enough which will leave you digging for your beloved wick and running the risk of losing the rest of your candle. Without a wick the candle wont burn. 
You can use scissors however a wick trimmer is a better way to ensure your wick is cut evenly from the next burn. The bevelled edge of the wick trimmers ensures this.
Extinguishing your candle 
When your candle has neared its end don't be tempted to burn it all the way to nothing. The wax in a candle works as an insulator for the flame. With no wax in the jar you will simply be left with a flame against empty glass. Its almost inevitable that the glass will reach breaking point and crack or worst, explode. There should be no less than a few cms of wax left at the 'End' of your candle. This is the time to clean out with boiling water ready for refilling. 
When extinguishing your candle, the traditional method of 'Blowing' out the candle may cause splashing of the wax onto a nearby surface and a smoking. 
A better way is to 'Dip' your wick into the melted wax which will extinguish it without smoke, just ensure you return the wick to the middle of the jar before it cools. Your could also use a Candle snuffer. 
In following the above tips you will be sure to get the best use out of your Luxe candle for weeks / months on end. A little TLC goes a long way!
Mae x 
Jema Luxe