Like us, you are probably obsessed with candles and as you should be, because they are wonderful little beauties that bring much joy into our lives. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is something so enchanting about lighting a candle. From the glow of the amber flame to the lively scent mingling with the air, it’s truly an indescribable experience.
That being said, here are some tips you can follow to prolong the life of your candle to ensure a clean, slow, long-lasting burn.
TRIM YOUR WICK TO 1/4" BEFORE LIGHTING
ALLOW THE WAX TO MELT ACROSS THE ENTIRE SURFACE
• Because our wax is predominantly made from coconut, it has a lower melting point than other types of wax (e.g 100% soy, paraffin, palm, etc).
• Therefore, you don’t need to achieve a full melt pool on your first burn; once you get to the halfway point, your candle should generate enough heat to melt down any unused wax
• Now, we’ll let you decide on what’s best for your candle, but as a rule of thumb, we’d suggest letting your candle melt all the way across to avoid even the possibility of wasted wax
EVERY OTHER BURN
CONTINUE TO TRIM YOUR WICK TO ¼” BEFORE LIGHTING
When the wick is too long, it attracts more fuel (wax) to the candle than it can handle. Too much fuel can cause excess sooting, an uneven burn, or the flame to flare up.
RECENTER THE WICK AS NEEDED
As you burn through your candle, wicks tend to move around and lean over. After you blow out your candle, let it cool, and gently push the wick back in place. If the wick gets too close to the glass, black soot may begin to build, or even worse, your vessel might crack!
DON’T FORGET TO…
CAP YOUR BURN TO 4(ISH) HOURS
Once you get past the 4-hour mark, carbon begins to build on the wick, leading it to “mushroom” (aka the black build-up you see) This happens when the wick has consumed more wax than it can handle, leading it to release soot in the air as well as increase in flame size, leading to a potential fire hazard.
PLACE YOUR CANDLE ON A NON-FLAMMABLE, HEAT-RESISTANT SURFACE
BE SURE TO STAY AWAY FROM DRAFTS AND NEVER LEAVE YOUR BURNING CANDLE UNATTENDED
WHEN IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
ONCE YOU’VE REACHED ¼” OF WAX LEFT (OR LESS), IT’S TIME TO LET IT GO
We know it is hard saying goodbye, but fortunately, there are ways to continue the use of the leftover wax to ensure you get the most out of your candle
And in case you’re wondering why you shouldn't burn a candle beyond the ¼” mark, it’s because when the candle has no wax left to consume, the flame will be directed towards your vessel, leading it to potentially crack it or worse, the surface it is on
SCOOP OUT THE REMAINING WAX AND PLACE IN A WAX BURNER/MELTER TO GET A FEW EXTRA HOURS OF PRECIOUS “BURN” TIME
Make sure your spoon is fully dry to ensure no liquids are mixed into the wax. Now, you can enjoy every bit of your candle, down to the last drop!
Now that you have finished your candle, it’s time to clean it out so you can reuse the vessel over and over again. From refilling it with our Deconstructed Candle™ to using it as a planter (hint: use the seeded dust cover that came with your candle!), the options are endless.
Personally, we like using them as tableware. They’re perfect for serving snacks, dips, and dessert. But hey, that’s just us.
SCOOP METHOD (DO THIS IF YOU PLAN ON REUSING THE WAX)
1. Take a dry, sturdy, spoon and scoop out the leftover wax
I want to use the wax right away: place wax into a wax/burner to get a few extra hours of burn time
I want to save the wax for later: place wax in a sealed container and save for future use
2. Discard the wax and wick
3. Wash the vessel with soap and water
4. Repurpose your vessel with your favorite Sincerely Sunday Deconstructed Candles™!
BOIL METHOD (DO THIS IF YOU DO NOT PLAN ON REUSING WAX)
1. Place about 1 cup of water into a pot
2. Bring to a boil and pour water into the vessel
3. Let it sit for about 10 minutes
4. Once the wax begins to soften, take a spoon and scoop out the leftover wax
5. Discard the wax and wick
6. Wash the vessel with soap and water
7. Repurpose your vessel with your favorite Sincerely Sunday Deconstructed Candles™!
HOW TO MAKE A DECONSTRUCTED CANDLE
Whether you're repurposing one of our vessels or using your own, we want to make sure your experience is as safe (and fun) as possible!
1. SELECT A VESSEL
Be sure to use vessels that can withstand heat, won't leak, crack, or catch fire.
Try using jars that are:
• Approximately 3" Wide
• Thick Glass
• Glazed Ceramic
• Sealed Concrete
• Metal Tins
2. MELT THE WAX
Remove all Items (except wax) from the bag
Place the bag in a microwave-safe dish for two minutes or until wax has fully melted. If the wax has not fully liquified, continue to microwave in 10-15 second increments.
Place the bag in a pot of boiling water (2-3 inches). Remove once all wax has fully melted.
3. WICK THE JAR
• Place the wick sticker on the bottom of the wick and center in the vessel
• Use the wick holder to secure in place
4. POUR THE WAX
Once the bag is cool to touch, pour liquid wax in vessel. Be sure to avoid skin contact as the wax will be hot.
5. LET IT COOL
• Let the candle cool for approximately three hours before use (allow for more time if necessary)
• Do not place in the refrigerator or freezer as this may affect candle performance
6. LIGHT + ENJOY!
Trim the wick to 1/4”, light, and enjoy!