The key to creating a perfect candle burning experience not only comes down to how the candle is made, but how it is maintained throughout its lifetime. Whichever Lower Lodge candle you choose, don’t forget to take good care of them! Not only will it help them to last longer and keep your home smelling sensational, but will ensure that they burn safely in your home.
Always store candles in a cool dry place, out of direct sunlight, as they are sensitive to temperature and light which can affect the way your candle performs.
Candles burn best in still air. Draughts can cause a candle to smoke, soot or burn unevenly. Make sure to place them away from open windows and doors.
Looking after the wick of your candle is extremely important! Before lighting, always ensure your candle wick is trimmed to approximately 5mm.
By trimming the wick it will remove any 'clubbing' - the build-up of carbon that can be visible at the end of a wick, prevent the candle from sooting - black marks that will form around the edge of the candle glass, ensure better scent diffusion and prevent high flames which are unsafe
To maximise the lifespan of your candle, you will need to set the candle memory. The size of the wax pool on the first burn sets the memory for the lifetime of the candle. When you light your candle for the first time do not extinguish it until an even wax pool reaching the edge of the glass has formed. This can take between 3-4 hours. Your candle will then burn evenly all the way down. If you extinguish your candle before a complete wax pool has been formed, you may experience “tunnelling” and you will be left with a perimeter of unburned wax.
'Pull Away’ is what can appear to be air bubbles around the sides of filled candles. All candles are subject to pull away because wax expands and contracts with changes in temperature. Pull away occurs when candles are kept in a cold environment; restoring the candle to a warm environment and lighting the candle will also stop pull away. The ‘bubbles’ are purely aesthetic and are unavoidable due to the nature of the wax. Pull away does not affect the burn performance of the candle.
Ensure the candle wax pool is clear of debris prior to burning. Match heads and wick remnants in the wax pool can lead to a candle flaring, so remember to remove any wick or debris from the candle before burning.
Always use a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame. Blowing out your candle is not recommended as the molten wax can splatter and the wick may continue to glow and emit smoke.
It is always important to check the label on the base of our products, as they provide crucial information about the composition and safety guidelines.
Following these instructions can prevent accidents and ensure a safe candle-burning experience.