Well. The bad news (for some people) is that we need to care about candles as much as we need to care for other things to help them to be in good condition to serve us for a long time. The good news is that it is not very complicated.
First of all we always need to find an instruction. Yes, I know. Candles are not a very complicated thing to manage. True.
But if we expect something that the producer promised us, e.g. that the candle will burn inside and the picture on the candle will stay in place, that we should.
Honestly, I have not had many complaints or refunds for faulty items – twice during 5 years, but I’ve tested hundreds of candles now and I really know who used our candle outdoors; who kept it in a direct sun or who forgot to stop burning candle after many hours. It is not a kind of super power but experience.
The best thing is just to remember to follow the safety rules provided as well as, common sense being necessary when using any kind of candles.
If you have lost our instruction don’t worry about it. Just hop in here and read it carefully.
There are lots of kind warning labels and burning instructions as well. But did you know that sometimes some rules must be pointed first rather than another?
When you have found a burning instruction and/or a warning label just read it carefully. If you do this, read it again and again if necessary. Make sure that you know what to do and what never-ever to do. If there is only something that you already know. If there is nothing unusual, nothing that surprised you, then go follow your common sense (you still can keep this label just in case, just saying).
If you have found something new to you, anything hard to remember, or seems to be ridiculous and exaggerated, don’t fool yourself and take it very seriously.
Keep the burning instruction. Keep the warning labels. I know that it is hard when it is a small sticker or a simple, thin, piece of paper but with our warning labels there are no excuses. They are thick, nice looking, they have readable font size and they also have contact details and confirmation of originality.
Of course we also have small products which have sticker warning labels or pictogram stickers but there are ordinary rules related to every single one candle.
Now it is time to meet our fancy tools and their substitutes – actually you don’t have to buy these candle tools to keep your candle in a good condition.
They are like d’Artagnan and three musketeers.
Meet … MakeUpBrush & Trimmer, Dipper and Snuffer.
Each one has its own mission but the mission is essential not these four celebrities. However… We must admit they look pretty much classy.
The ‘make-up brush‘ will dust off your candle outside and inside as well. It prevents rubbing candles from rolling dirt and losing the different texture.
It is pretty much easy to find an old makeup brush but if not, I guess, you can use a medium wide soft paint brush instead.
The ‘trimmer‘ is a very handy tool. Should be used before every single lighting up a candle to trim a wick to around 1 cm above the top of the candle. It prevents irregular burning, sinking wick and reduces the carbon print. If you have no trimmer like this one, you can try (before lighting of course) break off a burnt piece of the wick by your fingers. 🤞
The ‘dipper‘ is a nice and handy tool, but the easiest to replace in my opinion, e.g. by a butter knife. I don’t even know if it is the right name for this tool. It helps to extinguish the flame in a smokeless manner by dipping the wick into the wax and then helping to pull out the wick.
The Snuffer is my favourite tool. Probably because it looks like a bell. It helps to put out the flame the right way, instead of putting out the flame. I know most of us just blow the flame out, but it’s worth emphasizing: according to some warning pictographic labels, there is a high risk that we will transfer the flame to another object or burn ourselves. Again… common sense is needed.
The substitute of commercial candle wick snuffer can be thick drinking glass – see the video below gallery.
It is worth mentioning a very useful item – Extra Long Matches.
Large pillar candles burning inwards for more than 60hrs. During burning, as you can see on the pictures, there is a kind of a crater so after a while the usual lighting up the candle can be difficult or even impossible with an ordinary sized match.
Instead of Extra Long Matches you can obviously use this kind of lighter with a long tube. We highly recommend those with a lock and the size flame’s controller. READ THE WARNING LABEL before use.
Now, a little bit about weekly care, when your candle is more your shelf decoration.
I will not mention here about where any candle should be displayed and where not. You will find this information at the end of this page where the general information and those detailed as well will be provided as pictures – nice and clear.
1/ First, of course, instead of rubbing the candle from dust, use a soft make-up brush (or paint brush) to gently remove the dust
2/ Pour just one-two drops of cooking oil (olive, baby oil etc) on your hands and spread them between them.
3/ Then, with your hands, gently coat the candle with the oil to give the candle a beautiful shine. Be careful the candle may not slip out your hands.
General and Detailed Information added to every large or medium candle and every big lantern as well.