Best Practices to get the most out of an Ava & Addi Candle
AVA AND ADDI CANDLE COLLECTION CANDLE CARE
We prepared this for you to get the most out of each candle. Ava and Addi Candles are all handmade with the finest wicks and soy wax. There is an art to burning a candle to get the absolute most in return. We want you to love our candles starting from the first lite.
Here is your ultimate guide to properly burning your candles. We will share with you all of the basics as well as things you didn't even think there was to know about candles.
Guide to Burning Your Candle Properly
Dedicated flame lovers may already know this but to make sure your candle burns evenly, you want to follow these 3 basic candle principles: trim, center, and wait.
- TRIMMING YOUR WICK
Do you like burning money? Didn't think so. Do yourself a favor and trim your wick 1/4" inch before each burn. You can use a wick trimmer or even a pair of scissors. This will ensure that your candle burns a longer and safer. We hand cut each candle wick before delivery so your first burn should be ok but make sure to keep it cut after if it gets too long. The optimal wick length should be under a centimeter. It is helpful to do this before you light your candle as you don't want the debris to fall into the wax when it is lit.
- CENTER YOUR WICK
Making sure your wick is centered will allow for a frictionless fragrance throw. You can do this quickly before each burn by gently guiding the wick back into place towards the center of the candle. Keeping your candle wick-centered ensures that your candle will burn evenly throughout and not burn more on one side. This is important because if your wick gets too long or out of place, it could cause the glass to heat too quickly on one side.
- RELAX AND WAIT UNTIL YOUR CANDLE IS FULLY MELTED
The first time you burn your candle make sure to wait at least 2 hours or until the wax pool liquefies to the edge of your vessel. Once the wax pool is completely melted on the top, then it’s best to not blow out your candle instead push the wick into the pool of wax and then return it to its centered position.
Why is this the most important step you ask? Because if you extinguish a candle too quickly, the wax has "memory" and will stay in this position for the length of your burn. Not good it’s called tunneling.
Once your candle has this memory ring, it will continue to burn downward throughout the life of the candle. A good rule of thumb is to burn the candle one hour for every inch of diameter of the vessel.
FOR SAFETY'S SAKE REMINDERS:
Get lit without getting burned. Here are a few helpful safety reminders to making the most of your burn
DON'T BURN NEXT TO KIDS, PETS, OR ANYTHING FLAMMABLE
It is important to not leave an open flame near any children or pets who may be at risk of harming themselves or others. Burn your candles on a non-flammable surface where they are in sight. Never leave a burning candle unattended. It helps to keep it away from a draft so that the flame does not risk carrying and helps to burn more evenly.
STORING YOUR CANDLE
Because you purchased a beautiful clean candle made with all-natural waxes, free of dyes and additives, our candles can be a little bit sensitive. Temperature and light can affect the appearance of candles due to the natural wax and fragrance oils. Be sure to store in a cool, dry place away from any direct sunlight. A cupboard is perfect or in a dark room or closet. It is always good to keep the candle with the cover it came with protecting it from discoloration, fading, and collecting dust.
KNOW WHEN TO SAY GOODBYE & STOP BEFORE YOU GET BURNED
We know our scented candles can transport you to a dreamy destination, but after a few hours, you will need to come back to reality. We recommend not to burn your candle for more than 4-5 hours. You can extinguish your candle simply by pushing the wick into the pool of wax and repositioning it to its original position. This will help eliminate smoking or "afterglow." We don't recommend using the lid to extinguish because it can stain the glass and leave smoke marks
Wait an additional 2 hours before you begin to burn again as this gives the wax time to cool and will prolong your burn time.
STOP BURNING WHEN THERE IS LESS THAN 1/4" OF WAX LEFT IN THE VESSEL
When the majority of the wax has been consumed, the flame will heat the vessel making the bottom of the jar hot. To prevent possible heat damage to your container and surface, stop burning after only 1/4" of your candle is left. When you are finished with your candle, you can return it to us and we will refill it with the scent of your choice at a 30% discount and send it back to you. Some of our customers repurpose the vessel. The 9 oz. vessel empty is a perfect cocktail glass. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions!
CANDLE TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS & FAQS
CANDLE WAX DISCOLORATION
If your wax isn't white, no worries. Our naturally derived ingredients in our formula can cause the candle to change colors with exposure to light or temperature change.
AIR BUBBLES IN THE CANDLE
If you find air bubbles in your candle, this is simply caused by surrounding temperature changes and will not affect your candle's lifespan or diffusion.
WHY CANDLES TUNNEL?
If your candle is tunneling, this is due to the "memory ring." Your candle will remember where it left off and if the candle did not liquefy to the edge from the first burn, it will stay that way.
There is a light at the end of the tunneling! An easy way to fix this is to give it a longer burn time your next go-around. Try burning a little longer than usual or enough for the pool to reach the edge.