The most important points:
1. The first burn is the most important. Burn your candle until the entire top layer of wax, from edge to edge, has melted. This will prevent tunnelling, which drastically shortens candle life.
2. Trim the wick, ideally before every burn. This will ensure a clear burn and prevent the candle from smoking.
3. Discontinue use of a candle when 1 cm of wax remains at the bottom of the jar to prevent the glass container from shattering (letting your candle burn when very little wax is left will heat up the jar, which may lead to damage)
4. It is not advised to burn soy wax candles for more than 3-4 hrs at a time. Burn candles well away from drafts, other heat sources, and anything flammable. Make sure burning candles are out of reach of children and pets. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
More candle safety info:
- Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.
- Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
- Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Be sure the candle-holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
- Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents.
- Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited.
- Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.
- Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This helps ensure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning.
- Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.
- Never use a candle as a night light.