Basic Candle Care

Candles are a great way to add simple beauty to your home and decor.  A great candle experience begins with proper candle care and maintenance.  Proper candle care will not only help your candles burn longer but will also keep them looking beautiful and clean.  Here are some important burning tips for enjoying your Scents & Nonsense Candle:

1.  Preventing memory rings or tunneling

Have you ever noticed candles that leave an excessive amount of wax on the sides of the jar?  They look as if they have giant craters in them.  This is known as  tunneling or memory rings, this happens when candles aren't burned long enough to let the wax melt evenly across the top.  This can cause ugly tunneling and also can create problems lighting your candle as wax will pool towards the middle instead of melt evenly.  Be sure to allow the wax to fully melt across the top of the candles (or almost to the edge of the container) before blowing them out.  A little bit of wax on the edge of the container is not a big deal.  The wax will melt as it gets further down the container.  

2.  Trim the wick

One of the most important aspect of candle care is trimming the wick.  A wick trimmer helps preserve the life of your candle.  We suggest trimming the wick every 4 hours of burn time. When wick trimming, you should always extinguish the flame, let the candle come to room temperature, and trim the wick to 1/4 of an inch before relighting.

3.  Do not burn over 4 hours 

As a general safety precaution, do not keep your candles burning for more than 4 hours at a time.  Burning a candle over 4 hour can cause the jar to get extremely hot and crack.  It will also cause the wick to release soot.  

4.  Follow the half inch rule 

Discontinue use of a candle when half inch of wax remains at the bottom of the jar. This will prevent possible heat damage to your counter surface or container itself. The glass can get hot on the bottom as the flame nears the base of the jar and most of the wax has been consumed.  If the jar gets too hot, it can crack and this is a fire hazard.  

5.  Safety First 

Make sure that you do not burn candles in drafty areas or near anything flammable.  Also, never leave a burning candle unattended and always keep candles out of the reach of animals or children.  

6.  Candle Storage 

When not burning your candle, store in a dry, cool area that is not in direct sunlight.   Since our candles can be sensitive to extreme cold and heat, it’s best to store them between 50ºF and 85ºF.