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Use and Care of Candles

Candle Safety

Failure to follow burning instructions could result in fire hazard, injury or smoke damage.  Keep wax free of matches, wick trimmings or other flammable materials.  Keep the wick centered and trimmed to 1/4 inch to prevent smoking and soot build up on containers and other items.  Burn only on stable, heat resistant surfaces for not more that 3-4 hours at a time.  Keep out of drafts.  Discontinue use when only 1/2 inch of wax remains in the bottom.  Do not move candles while burning or if the wax is hot.  Keep burning candles out of reach of children and pets.  Never leave a burning candle unattended.

For votives, burn only in a proper votive holder.

For tealights, plastic cups are for use in open containers, only.  Metal cups must be used for closed containers due to heat build up.

Candle Bloom

Over time, beeswax candles may develop a dusty appearance called bloom.  Bloom is natural and is caused when natual ingredients in the beeswax which have a lower melting point rise to the surface of the candle.  Bloom does not affect the burning of your candles.

Many candle owners prefer candles with bloom because it gives a more rustic appearance to the candle.  If you prefer, you can remove bloom by buffing the candle with a stocking.


Candle Life

Following the burning instructions above will help you get the longest burn from your candles.  Keeping wicks trimmed and keeping candles out of drafts help to keep dripping to a minimum.  Some candle designs will naturally drip so always be sure to protect the surface on which the candle sits.
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