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It is vital that you follow these safety tips when lighting your candle:
1. Never leave your candle burning unattended, you've now committed to watching this flame.
2. Keep your candle out of the reach of children and pets.
3. Never burn your candle on or near anything that might catch fire (curtains, furniture etc)
4. Be sure your candle is placed on a stable heat-resistant surface. Most of our candles require you to place them on a heat-resistant dish with a lip. The shapes of our candles mean that wax dripping could occur.
5. Keep burning candles away from any drafts; a dancing flame may look funky, but it won't contribute to an even, central burn for your candle.
6. Don’t burn your candle all the way down - it's sad, but know when to say goodbye.
7. Never touch or move a burning candle when the wax is liquid.
8. Place burning candles at least 10cm apart from one another (its nice to have them clustered with a ritualistic vibe going on, but safety first)
9. Use a snuffer to avoid hot wax splattering, and never use water to put out the flame.
10. Trim your wick before burning every time you re-light so the flame doesn't smoke, flicker or rise too high.
If you've ever seen a white-ish color coating on chocolate, then you have a good idea of what frosting looks like in soy wax. It is a natural byproduct of a natural wax and in no way affects the burn ability or fragrance of a candle. It is caused by tiny crystal growth that form on the top and sides of the wax. We can limit frosting taking place by making your candles well; using our knowledge of the materials we work with. But frosting can still happen after production and its namely down to how they're stored/displayed.
Frosting can be more frequent on darker candles (your reds, your blacks) and the way you care for them can hep limit this.
To limit frosting, keep your candles out of direct sunlight, in a room with ambient temperature is perfect. Try to not store on windowsills (lit or unlit).
'My flame is pretty damn big?'
You need to extinguish your candle and trim your wick. This is really important. A huge flame may look pretty cool but it isn't safe to let it grow. Wicks NEED to be trimmed when they've been extinguished, not upon lighting. Trimming a cold wick can affect the longevity of your candle - cold black wicks are brittle things so it could break off entirely and leave you with no wick to light. That'd be sad. Allow the wax to reset before igniting again.
'Is there anything I need to do after I've extinguished my TBT candle?'
I'm glad you asked! Firstly, don't leave a candle alone when you've just extinguished it. Secondly, there's some quick aftercare that can improve the burn and longevity of your candle. Pillar candles require a little 'hugging' before the wax has fully reset. Hugging back in the top edges of your candle gently with your hands will allow it to hold its form well and stay central (not have a flared top). Pushing the outer top edge in toward the wick will allow these edges to melt a little on next burn and contribute to good wax consumption. Be sure to not hug in too much; we still need to ensure adequate oxygen flow to your flame (and not create a chimney)