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Harmony Ch'an

Candle Care

General Candle Care

Your candle can bring you joy and comfort and can be the finishing touch to your home but like most things in life they need attention and care to get the most out of them. 


One of the most important items to take care of is the candle's wick. The wick size will determine how high and how hot the flame will be.

Your candle's wick should be trimmed between each and every burn. This will insure the flame's height is under control.

For wood wicks, it's extremely important to trim off the bloom in between burns. This will allow the wick to reach the full flame and create an even melt pool. Wick clippers work well or use the scissor's edge and rub the jagged top off to create an even tip. If there is too much ash buildup, the flame will be small and sometimes barely there. Simply extinguish the flame, trim the top bloom and relight and the flame will come back to life. 


If there is smoke coming from your candle or soot, that means your wick is too long. Extinguish the flame and trim the wick.  


The first time you light your candle, allow the wax to melt until it comes close to the edge of the vessel. This should take about 4 hours. If you extinguish the flame before an even melt pool is reached, you will cause your candle to tunnel. There will be some wax that has not melted. This is ok as long as it is close to the edge. This particular wax is forgiving and will catch up by the third or fourth burn. Try to burn your candle for 2-3 hours for each additional burn. This will ensure the wax will melt and will allow the outer edges to catch up.