tips, tricks and everything you need to know for the longest, cleanest burn
1. Burn for 2-4 hours at a time
To maximize your total burn time and use all the wax up, burn your candle until the melt pool is close to or at the sides of the container. If you extinguish it prematurely too often the wax may 'tunnel' down, BUT one cool fact about beeswax vs. other candle waxes is that it handles the occasional shorter burn much better! The wax may 'tunnel' down for a bit, but if you aim to burn fully when possible, you should have no problem using up ALL the candle wax!
2. Don't leave it burning all day (max of 4-5 hrs)
It's SO tempting to leave your candle burning all day, but burning it for longer than four-ish hours at a time will reduce your overall burn time, release excess fragrance so there's less left for your next burn, and most importantly - it's a fire hazard! Any candle container can overheat and may leave you with warped metal, a peeling label or even a cracked glass jar. Stay safe, friends!
3. Trim your wick to 1/4" every time you light it
I know, I've ignored this before too... BUT removing the excess wick before lighting allows for the CLEANEST burn possible, keeps the flame in check and extends the burn time of your candle, promise!
4. Stop burning the candle once there is 1/2" - 1/4" of wax left in the container
Once you've reached this point, return your container to us or repurpose it yourself. Burning your candle further may cause damage to the container (ie: broken glass) or can scorch the surface the candle is on - NO bueno!
HOW TO CLEANLY EXTINGUISH YOUR CANDLE
Use a wick dipper, flathead screwdriver or something similar to gently push the lit wick into the melted wax pool until the flame goes out... and huzzah! The flame extinguishes cleanly without any smoke. Make sure to gently bring the wick back above the wax and straighten so it's ready for your next burn.
AND NOW you're officially a pro candle burner. High fives!
Vessel Return Program
As of 2024, we are unfortunately putting this on hold. Here's why
After a lot of thought (and cleaning out the last batch of returned jars), we've made the difficult decision to put this on pause. As a home-based business, we operate and make all of our candles in our personal residence. This means we're short on storage and we've been using our own oven (the same one we cook food in) to clean everything out - which as you can imagine is just not great. If and when we get a seperate studio space, I would happily revisit this and equip it accordingly!
In the meantime, we greatly appreciate your understanding and highly recommend you follow our quicky + easy instructions below to repurpose or recycle your containers :)
How To Clean Out Your Candle Vessel
1. Protect your surface with something heat safe and then pour boiling water into the vessel, enough to cover any leftover wax. Let it cool - the wax will melt and then harden on the top.
2. Once cooled, scoop out the wax on the top and pour out the water. Remove the metal wick tab at the bottom of the pottery cup and then repeat the boiling water process if any wax remains (until all wax is removed).
3. Remove the label and use rubbing alcohol (Goo Gone works too) to clean up any leftover sticky residue.
4. Place it in the dishwasher or hand wash with very hot, soapy water. That's it!
CAUTION: The container will be very hot! Please wear rubber gloves and protect your surfaces.
Your candle is a handcrafted work of love! Small cracks or imperfections in the wax can be typical of handmade beeswax candles. It's confirmation you've purchased a locally made product that does good!
FOR YOUR SAFETY: Never leave a burning candle unattended or within reach of flammable objects, children or pets. Do not burn for more than 4 hours at a time. Place your candle on a flat flame retardant and heat safe surface away from drafts. Don't touch or move the candle when lit as the container will be hot while burning.