Candle Care & Safety
At Fragrance Republic, we have had years of experience making, selling and burning candles since we first started in 2007 and we are happy to share some important facts we have learnt about candle care along the way.
Extinguishing a candle the right way
Always extinguish candles when leaving a room or going to sleep. Never burn a candle for more than 3 hours. Always extinguish any candle after 3 hours and allow the wax surface to harden before re-lighting. Make sure that a candle is completely extinguished and that the wick is not glowing before you leave the candle unattended. In some circumstances, it is possible for candles to re-light themselves when the wick is still hot, e.g. if a draught blows on it.
Blowing on a candle to put it out can be dangerous as it can cause the hot wax to splash on you or objects nearby.
Never pour water on a candle or the flame as water mixed with wax can cause the flames to grow larger. Instead, extinguish the flame by smothering it. We recommend using snuffers, however, a metal spoon can also work.
Care for your wick
Always trim your wick before lighting it so it is no longer than 4-6mm. Longer wicks create a brighter and larger flame, which can also produce more smoke and excess heat, leading to discoloration of walls or surfaces and the cracking of the candle container.
Always keep lit candles away from any draughts or moving air currents. Fast moving air can cause uneven burning as well as excess soot production. Draughts can also blow curtains or other flammable materials towards the candle flame which creates a risk of fire. Conversely, do not burn candles, especially more than one, in a non-ventilated room where air is not regularly refreshed.
Always place lit candles on a heat resistant surface. Remember that the base of a candle can get hot, especially when it has been burning for a long time and the flame is low, which can cause damage to your furniture.
Always clear any debris from the candle melt pool, such as used match heads or cut wick ends.
Never place a lit candle under a shelf as this might burn the surface and even start a fire. Therefore, always leave a distance of at least one metre between lit candles and any surface above them.
Do not place a candle near another heat source such as a radiator or other candles. This can cause the melting to be uneven and the wick to subside and slip. All lit candles should be placed at least 15cm apart.
If you have children or pets, or are expecting guests with children or pets, extra care has to be taken to ensure that the candles are placed out of the reach. A little proactive action could save you a lot of trouble later.
Customers may notice bubbling in the wax around the glass vessel particularly in colder months. Candle spotting is a term generally used to describe this and it occurs when the wax pulls away from the side of the vessel. The gap is really very small but as the glass can act as a magnifier, the bubbles can appear rather large. There is however, no need to worry. When the candle warms up, these spots will gradually disappear as the wax gently expands again. Please be assured that these bubbles will not affect the candles performance both in fragrance diffusion or burn time.
Following these simple steps will help ensure that your candle burning experience is always safe and relaxing.