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.
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 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 this
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