The first time you light your candle, it is important to allow the wax to melt right to the edge of the container. This is called a melt pool. Allowing a full melt pool guarantees an even burn (no tunneling) and maximum fragrance throw. As a general rule, burn the candle a minimum of 4 hours the first time and for at least 2 hours at a time after that. Do not burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time. Do not burn in a draft. A draft may provide more oxygen to a flame which may cause a hotter, uneven burn.
Before each use, trim the candle’s wick to 1/4 inch. This stops smoking and dripping, creates an even burn pattern and your candle will last longer. Never move or relight your candle until flame is out and wax is completely solid. If the wick becomes too long while burning, extinguish flame and then trim. Be sure to not over trim the wick. If the wick is too short it will result in too small of a flame and the melt pool will not reach the edges of the container. Center the wick after each burn and do not allow trimmed wicks, matches or other objects to remain in the candle. Never use a container’s lid to put out flame.
Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep free of any foreign material. Burn candles away from soft furnishings and other combustibles. Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets. Always burn your candle on a level, heat resistant surface and away from drafts. Only burn your candle to the last 1/4 - 1/2 inch to prevent glass cracking. Do not allow water or moisture to mix with the wax. This can cause the wax to splatter or pop. Caution, container may become hot. I always place my candles on a coaster or other object to protect the surface.
Try to store your candle in a cool, dry area and keep away from direct sunlight.
On extremely hot days you might notice the candle sweat slightly. This is nothing to worry about and it will reabsorb into the wax when the temperature goes down.
Some imperfections are only natural with hand poured candles and soy wax. Every candle will be slightly different. When using natural soy wax there may be spots where the wax has not adhered 100% to the glass. This is completely normal and nothing to worry about. It is normal for the wax to become slightly darker after the wax has melted when lit. Each candle is made from start to finish by hand - embrace the imperfections that make your artisanal candle unique!