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MOON AND VINE

Getting the most out of your candle

CANDLE CARE

How to successfully burn and care for your candle

THE IMPORTANT STUFF...

  1. Burn within sight.

  2. Keep away from flammables.

  3. Keep away from children and pets.

  4. Trim wick to 1/4" before lighting. Keep candle free of any foreign materials including matches and wick trimmings.

  5. Only burn candle on a level, fire-resistant surface and never near drafts.

  6. Do not burn candle for more than four hours at a time, and never touch the container when in use.

  7. Stop use when only 1/4" of wax remains.

FIRST LIGHT...

and second light, and third light...


When lighting your candle for the first time, it is important to let the wax melt all the way to the edges to achieve a full "melt pool." Doing this each time you light will ensure the best "hot throw" and prevent tunneling.

This could take up to two hours, depending on the diameter of the candle and temperature conditions in your home, so patience is key here.

Always trim your wick to 1/4" before lighting. This will prevent the flame from getting too hot, flickering, and sooting up the sides of the vessel. It's helpful to have a pair of wick trimmers to reach down into the vessel.

EXEUNT FLAME AND WICK...

When your candle has burned its last, feel free to weep. Then, rejoice! For you may reuse your vessel and give it another life of your choosing.

Cleaning out the left over wax can be done in a few ways. Sometimes simply wiping the inside is enough. If not, these are our go-tos:

  • Place the vessel in the freezer for a while. The wax should condense enough to pop out.

  • Place the container on a cookie sheet and in the oven at the lowest setting. After 15 minutes or so, the wax will be melted enough to pour out or wipe. But take heed:

  • NEVER ever pour wax down a drain. The wax will not dissolve in water and will harden and clog pipes.


The label and the metal tab inside can both be taken off:

  • Peel off the label and soak vessel in warm soapy water to easily wipe off the sticky stuff.

  • This sometimes works for the tab, too. But more often, the tab will need some heat to loosen the glue. There are a couple of ways to do this: You can heat the bottom of the container with a hair dryer, and then pop the tab off with a spoon. The other way is to pour a little bit of boiling water in the bottom and wait a 5-10 minutes to loosen the glue. Carefully pop the tab off with a spoon. Warning: these methods make the container hot, so take care when handling.

Finally, wash with warm, soapy water, and ta-da!

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