Votive Candles

Probably the most important tip for burning votive candles is to burn them in a tight-fitting container, one that is
snug all around the sides.  A quality-made votive will completely liquefy in the votive holder, which will give you the
maximum amount of scent throw. Scent throw is how we define the amount of fragrance released into the area, and
whether or not you can smell it. It is also very important for you to trim your wicks. Candles smoke if the wick is too  
long. It does NOT matter what type of wax is used... paraffin or soy, ALL candles will smoke, regardless of wax used,
if the wick is too long.  You do NOT need a large flame to have a good scent throw.  The scent throw comes from the
melt pool, which is the amount of melted wax that forms around the flame.  The flame does NOT need to be large in
order to produce a good sized melt pool. Different wicks produce hotter flames without making it necessary to have
a larger flame. You can literally double the life of your candle, just by keeping the wick trimmed!  Before lighting,
trim the wick to approximately 1/4".  Every couple hours or so during the burning time, put out the flame, trim the
wick again and relight (be sure to remove any wick trimmings from your melt pool of wax).  This will not only help to
keep your candle from smoking, but will also extend the life of your candle.

Wax Cubes

These are easy as there is no wick to worry about. Simply place the wax cube in the bowl of your potpourri or oil
burner, place a tealight underneath (or, if your melter is electric, plug it in and turn it on) and enjoy!  A quality wax
cube should have scent that lasts approximately 8 - 10 hours, consecutively. If you want to switch scents or are done
with that cube, simply allow to cool, and then you can either pop it in the freezer for a few moments and pop the
used tart out, or relight/turn on your melter for a few minutes to get the bottom liquefied, then pop it right out!

Jar Candles

Jar candles use pretty much the same guidelines as the votive candles do, except they are already in a tight-fitting
holder. Just remember to trim those wicks! Scented candles will smoke more than unscented ones, and highly
scented candles do have a tendency to develop what we call a 'mushroom' on the wick.  When this happens, it is a
hint to you that your wick needs to be trimmed. Our premium quality hand poured candles are made with the
highest quality fragrances, and have the maximum amount of fragrance in them that the wax can hold. Smoking
does not mean your candle is lower quality, it means you need to trim your wick.

General Tips For All Candles

  • If your candle is still smoking even though you have trimmed the wick, check to be sure there are no wick
    trimmings or other debris in the melt pool.  If there are none, then put out the flame, trim the wick a little bit
    more, allow the candle to cool for a bit and then relight.  This should take care of the smoking problem

  • Always use a wick trimmer or candle snuffer to extinguish the flame from your candles. For our jar candles, you
    can simply put the top back on it to extinguish the flame

  • A candle flame needs oxygen to 'breathe'.  Keep in mind that if you burn candles in a small, enclosed room, they
    are more likely to smoke. Try burning smaller candles such as tealights or votive in small rooms to help avoid

  • Remember to never lean too close over a burning candle, especially if you're wearing hair spray. Always keep
    long hair tied back and out of danger of falling into the flame

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. This is how terrible accidents happen

  • Always burn candles in a candle holder or on a heat-resistant surface

  • Never allow wick trimmings or match stubs to remain in the top of a burning candle. They can catch fire and
    begin to smoke

  • Keep burning candles away from drafts.  Drafts cause candles to burn unevenly, thereby increasing the chance
    of smoking or dripping

  • Keep candles away from children and pets. Sometimes they smell good enough to eat, and you don't want
    anyone to be tempted
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