Candle Care 101

Here at Smallflower we carry hundreds of candle options. The following tips are to help your candle last for its longest possible life and keep your home fragrant.

For optimum performance, burn candles for 2-5 hours at a time. This is especially important for the first few burns. This will allow the candle to create a wide burn pool and melt evenly. As the candle melts down, it will create a burn pool to the edges of the glass. This is the desired effect.

Candle Care 101

Tips & Tricks

  • Trim the wick to ⅜” prior to each burn.
  • Keep out of drafts and rotate periodically.
  • Keep out of direct sunlight.
  • Do not ingest.
  • If the candle starts to pool to one side more than the other it may be the result of a draft, uneven surface or a leaning wick. Remedy this by adjusting the wick to the correct position.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris.
  • Before re-lighting a candle, let the candle cool completely.
  • If you choose to burn multiple candles, place them at least 8 inches apart.
Alternate Image of Arabian Nights Candle
Alternate Image of Arabian Nights Candle

Candle Care Tips with Dana

Dana, Senior Store Manager and Personal Fragrance Expert >

Never leave a burning candle unattended.

A successive number of short burns may create a tunneling effect. Tunneling happens when the candle is extinguished after short burns and is not able to create a wide burn pool. If this does happen it can often be set right by leaving the length of the wick longer by not trimming it prior to burning. It also may be necessary to allow the candle to burn longer than usual until the burn pool is widened. Please abide by candle safety standards while burning candles at all times.

If you are experiencing smoke from the wick, it is most likely due to not trimming. The wicks may give a small degree of smoke when just lit. Once they attain ample heating they will burn without smoke. If smoke persists it is most likely a wick that needs trimming or a breeze that is not allowing ample heat to generate. Following the steps above will maximize the enjoyment of your candle.

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Alternate Image of Candle - Library In A Forest

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