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 handpoured 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!
It is also very important... and I can't stress this enough... 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, soy, palm, 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 7mm. 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.
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 dipper or candle snuffer to extinguish the flame from your candles!
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.
Remember to never lean too close over a burning candle, especially if you're wearing hair spray! Always keep long hair tied back and up 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.
Remember that even if you aren't burning your candle, you should have candles inside some sort of container or on a candle plate, because the fragrance oils in the candle wax can damage furniture surfaces!
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.
Discontinue burning when only 6mm of wax remains on the bottom of your candle.
Keep candles away from children and pets. Sometimes they smell good enough to eat, and you don't want anyone to be tempted!
NEVER LEAVE A BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED!! Yes, it's so important we mentioned it twice!
And last but not least, enjoy your quality-made candles!