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Candles 101

Candles 101

About Spiral Light Candles

  • The Spiral Light candle is truly one of a kind. It entices our sense of smell and sight.We love to watch it burn and enjoy the wonderful smells emitted as it entertains us.
  • Our colors and scents are evaluated each year with input from our employees, families, and customers.We love to hear about what our audience loves and what people think we could add or improve on.
  • To ensure that our products and fragrances meet quality and safety standards, we make sure we test them not only in our factory but in home settings as well. We want to make sure that you love and enjoy our candles as much as we do!
  • Our candles are developed using high-quality, food-grade paraffin wax and customized wooden wicks to provide the best candle experience.

How to burn your Spiral Light Candle

  • Find a space where your candle is placed away from other objects and onto a safe, heat proof surface, and at least 3 inches apart from other candles when burning.
  • Light your candle with a match or lighter. First start with lighting the cotton wick that is embedded in the side of the candle.This will burn in our signature spiral motion around the edge of the candle. Depending up on the size of the candle this can last from an hour to three hours. You may stop the spiral burn and relight it. It does not have to burn to the end of the spiral in one lighting.
  • After the spiral has finished and the cotton wick can no longer be burned, you will notice that all the wax from the edge of the candle has now flowed to the center of the candle around the wooden wick. Once you get to this point, you can light the wooden wick.
  • When lighting a wood wick, you will notice that it may take longer for the wick to catch a flame. Don’t be discouraged, continue to hold your candle lighter on the wood wick and it will light.
  • To adhere to candle safety practices, do not burn your candle for more than 3 hours at one time. Burning for longer than 3 hours at one given time may result in a pillar candle burning through the wall of the candle or if you are burning a jar candle, burning for in excess of 3 hours can result in the jar actually breaking.
  • It is recommended not to burn the candle after it has burned down to where a half inch is left.
  • Enjoy!

Trim that wick

  • Did you know that trimming your wick before EVERY lighting will help make your candle burn more efficiently? In addition to safety purposes, your candle’s burning behavior will be strengthened when the wick is at the correct length.
  • When there’s too much wick between the wick and the wax you run the risk of the candle not being able to light or of it self-extinguishing before candle can be lit.
  • Wick trimmers or scissors are ideal when removing the top of your wick. Wick should be approximately 1/4” before every lighting.
  • Let your candle burn!
  • Before extinguishing your candle, liquified wax should reach most of the circumference of your candle each time, if possible.
  • Before lighting your candle, make sure you have time to commit to making sure you can burn it for at ease I hour for each 1” your candle is in diameter.For example, if you have a 3-inch candle, you should burn it for 3 hours the first time you light it. After the first time you burn it, it is no longer necessary to burn it for the same amount of time as your candle has now developed a burn memory. If you burn it for less time during the initial burn, your candle will begin a tunneling effect that you will not be able to undo.
  • Snuffers act as a great tool to extinguish your candle, although some snuffers are more difficult to use with wood wicks. You can also gently blow the flame out, as well.

The Truth About Tunneling

  • Everyone loves it when their candle burns evenly and don’t create a hole down the center of the candle, called tunneling. Tunneling occurs when a candle burns down the middle, creating an outer wall of wax. This often occurs because the candle was lit for too short of a time or not letting the wax melt all the way to the edge on the first burn.A common rule is when you burn the candle for the first time, you should burn it one hour for each inch in diameter of the candle. For example, if you have a candle that is 3 inches in diameter, your first burn should be no less than 3 hours.
  • Did you know that just like people, candles also have a memory? Candles will remember how long they burned the first time you lit them up and will continue to burn in this shape every time you light it after that. If you only burn your candle for an hour or two, you won't melt enough of the wax, and soon a “tunnel” will form as the center of the candle continues to burn down.This is when you start to see the formation of a wax outer wall on your candle. Tunneling will reduce the life of your candle. It also is important to note that you may always have a bit of tunneling on a pillar candle. Without that the candle would simply melt over the edge which is also undesirable. Use candle 101 to help you get the best burn from your candles.

Debris free

  • Keep your candle wax clear of matches, wick trimmings or dust to avoid unexpected flare ups. When wax has hardened, turn your candle upside down to empty out wick trimmings or anything else that’s fallen into the wax.

Safety first

  • It is important to always practice basic candle and fire safety rules. Candles are open flames. Make sure you never leave sight of a burning candle.
  • When burning your candle, keep the candle our of drafty areas.Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Allow your candle to cool down before handling. You risk burns from hot, liquefied wax.
  • Only use candle holders that are heat resistant and state they are candle safe. These should be heat resistant and large enough to contain any melted wax or drips.
  • Know when to stop burning your candle.
  • Discontinue burning your candle when 1/2” wax remains at the bottom of the container. This protects surfaces from the heat of the candle.
  • Extinguish your candle if the flame becomes too high, smokes or flickers often. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for drafts before re-lighting.

Get creative!

  • Many of our customers have removed the wick and metal wick clip and broken up the base of their candles once it has reached the ½ inch point and used it in wax warmers to continue to enjoy the scent to the very end!
  • Tag us on Instagram at @Spirallightcandles, so we can see how you are enjoying your Spiral Light candle!