Caring for your Woodwick Candles

Your Woodwick Soy Candle is pre trimmed and ready to burn. The first time you light your candle, ensure you allow the wax to melt to the edges of the container; this usually takes 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the jar. During the first burn, you may see your flame dip a little, don't worry as this is normal, just let it continue to burn; once all the wax has melted the wick will receive more oxygen and create a lovely large flame. The reason you should allow your candle to melt to the edges is because candles have a 'memory' and if you extinguish it too soon, you will notice it has only melted in the middle and may do so again when you light it again. As we use a double Woodwick however, it should burn properly the next time if you allow the wax to melt to the edges.

If your WoodWick Candles are burning properly, they should burn the wax straight down the side of the glass jar and they will not produce a lot of wasted wax. A good rule of thumb is to stop using your WoodWick Candles when the wax has burned down to about a half-inch from the bottom of the glass jar. As we tab our wicks with a metal clip, it should stop burning at this point for safety reasons.

When you burn WoodWick Candles, be sure to burn them for about two to three hours at a time. This will ensure the melted wax pool reached the sides of the glass jars, which will increase your candles’ burn time. You should also be sure to keep the wicks trimmed to about 5mm. Snap the excess off with your fingers after the candle has cooled down. You can also use a wick trimmer, or even nail clippers if it's easier. Remove any wick debris to keep the wax clean.

Never extunguish your candle by placing the lid on the jar. Do not pour wax from the jar or move it whilst burning for safety reasons. Burn your candle on a heat safe surface; you may wish to place a coaster or plate underneath it on a wood table. Never leave a candle burning unattended. Ensure your candle is not directly under an open window, fan or air conditioning vent. Do not leave your candle in direct sunlight or in the car. If you do however, place it in the fridge for a few minutes to set.

If you notice that your Woodwick Candles are smoking, don’t panic. There are usually two reasons a candle will smoke. The first reason is the candle is in a drafty area of your home. Simply move the candle from where it is and that should help. But if that doesn’t work, extinguish the candle and after it’s cooled, check the wick. Chances are, the wick is too long. Trim it down and then re-light it. In general, 500ml WoodWick Candles will burn for up to 50 hours, and 1100ml WoodWick Candles will burn for up to 100 hours if you use them properly.

If you find your jar or container starts to look black after you have been burning your candle for a while, a simple way to clean the glass is with a baby wipe. Just polish the glass clean and you have a pretty as new candle which will shine brighter next time.

Once your candle has burned all the way through, you can clean your jar by placing it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Once you take it out, use a butter knife to gently push into the wax and you will find it breaks free of the container easily as the cold shrinks the wax. You can then wash it out with hot soapy water to reuse the jar.