1. Trim the Wick: Before lighting the candle, trim the wick to about ¼ inch (0.6 cm). This helps prevent excessive smoking, uneven burning, and the formation of "mushrooming" at the top of the wick.
2. Burn Time: For the first burn, allow the candle to create a wide melt pool that reaches the edges of the container. This helps prevent tunneling, where the wax only melts in the center and leaves unused wax on the sides. Aim to burn the candle for a minimum of 1 hour for every inch (2.5 cm) in diameter of the container. This ensures even burning and maximizes the candle's lifespan.
3. Avoid Drafts: Place the candle in an area where it won't be exposed to strong drafts or airflow. Moving air can disrupt the flame and cause uneven burning or excessive flickering.
4. Burn on a Heat-Resistant Surface: Always place the candle on a heat-resistant surface to prevent damage to your furniture or other surfaces. Avoid placing the candle on delicate or flammable items.
5. Never Leave Unattended: It's essential to never leave a burning candle unattended, especially if there are pets or children around. Accidents can happen quickly, so always extinguish the candle before leaving the room.
6. Avoid Overburning: It's advisable to extinguish the candle when it has burned down to about ½ inch (1.3 cm) of wax remaining. Continued burning beyond this point can lead to overheating of the container or potentially breaking it.
7. Extinguish Properly: When extinguishing the candle, use a snuffer or gently blow it out. Avoid blowing directly onto the wax to prevent hot liquid wax from splattering.
8. Candle Storage: Store your soy candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Extreme temperatures can affect the quality and scent of the candle.
By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the delightful fragrance and ambiance that soy candles offer while ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.