Candle Burning Tips

Never leave a burning candle unattended.

If your candle has been sitting for a while and has collected dust and other debris, using a soft cloth, wipe off the candle before lighting. Dust and debris can cause your candle to smoke when lit.

Before lighting or relighting a candle, always trim the wick to 1/4" first. A long wick can cause smoke and uneven, or accelerated, burning. If the flame becomes too high while burning and/or produces smoke, blow the candle out, trim the wick and relight.

Keep your candle out of drafts. A draft can cause the candle to smoke, burn unevenly or drip.

A candle should be burned each time until a pool of melted wax forms covering the top of the candle. The larger the candle, the longer this will take. The general rule of thumb is an hour per inch in diameter, though it can take longer for a beeswax candle. If the candle is not allowed to form this full wax pool, it may not burn correctly during future burns.

A pillar candle should be burned on a plate or pillar holder. When burning a pillar candle, the wax should burn just short of the edge (1/8" to 1/4"). This can take an hour to several hours depending on the size of the candle. There should be no drip over the sides. To get the best use of the wax and the longest burn time, when you blow out your candle and it's still warm and pliable, push the wax gently down and inward toward the wick, carefully so you don't drown the wick. 

Beeswax candles are made with cotton wicks. A properly burning cotton wick will bend. This can cause the candle to temporarily burn faster on the side the wick bends. As needed, to correct this, gently push the wick towards the more solid side using a non-flammable object. A container or votive candle will, in time, completely clean the sides due to the enclosed nature of the candle.

Votive candles should be burned in a votive holder just large enough to hold the candle. A votive cannot contain its own wax pool and will collapse if burned in a holder too large for the candle. 


To avoid time consuming clean-up after you burn your votive, put a few drops of water in your holder before lighting for the first time.

Tealights should be burned in a tealight holder (to help retain heat and burn completely) and are intended to be burned in one sitting. A relit tealight will generally not burn completely, and will leave wax at the bottom of the cup.