Wood wick candles contain a unique flame and emit a slight crackling noise-- contributing to a relaxing ambiance. However, wood wicks are very different from traditional cotton wicks and can pose a challenge if not properly cared for. Every candle comes with a care card, but just in case you misplaced it (no judging), below are some tips to help you get the most out of your wood wicks.
1.The first time you light your wood wick candle, ensure that the candle is lit long enough to prevent tunneling. Don't say to yourself, "I'm just going to light this for half an hour while I make dinner." No. Make sure that wax pool melts all the way to the side of the container. This is critical with all candles. It may take several hours but will prevent your candle from tunneling down the center and you'll get better scent throw from your candle.
2. Make sure you place your candle in a good location. It needs to be safe from fire hazards, children and pets, but you already knew that. What might not occur to you is to place your candle in the right size room. A 2000 square foot open-plan, lower level might be a bit too large for a 9 oz. candle. In this case, try burning more than one candle (same scent just to keep it harmonious) or move it to an office, bedroom or other smaller space.
3. In order for the wood wick to stay lit, you must trim the wick before you burn the candle. I know, I know, this is counterintuitive--a smaller wick makes a larger flame? For wooden wicks, yes (for cotton wicks, no). Using scissors or a wick trimmer, remove the remaining charred wood from previous burns so the flame sits near to the wax. (Luckily for you, Amani also sells wick trimmers!) You can also just remove the charred bits with your fingers.
4. If your candle is already burning but the flame appears to be too small, extinguish the flame and trim the wick to a slightly shorter length. Relight.
5. If your candle is making too much black smoke, trim the wick.
6. Pretty much any issue can be solved by trimming the wick. Oh that life could be so easy...
7. When you have 1/2" of wax left, scrape or pour out remaining wax then use a butter knife to pry out the metal wick tab. Put the jar in the microwave for few seconds then wipe out remaining residue with a paper towel. Wash the glass jar with dish soap and warm water. Vegetable wax candles clean up so much more easily that paraffin. Yay!
8. Reuse your glass jar! It does double duty as a whiskey tumbler, pen holder, or any other catchall of small things. If all else fails, remember glass can be recycled countless times. Yay for that too.
If you ever have any other issues, just reach out and I'll do my best to troubleshoot!
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