Candle Care

Each and every one of our candles is produced with great care. 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.

Where is the best place to store candles?

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.

Where is the best place to burn candles?

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.

Should I trim the wick?

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

What is candle memory?

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.

What is pull away?

'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.

Should the wax pool be clear before burning?

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.

What is the best way to extinguish a candle?

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.

Candle Safety Tips

 

Do not burn if glass is cracked or damaged.

 

 

Ensure the candle wax pool is clear of debris prior to burning.


 

Never leave a burning candle unattended.

 

 

Burn your candle out of the reach of children and pets.

 

Do not burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire.

 

Do not place your candle on or near a source of heat.

 

 

Do not burn candles while next to walls, windows or below overhanging objects. Allow ample headroom for the candle to burn

 

Ensure candle remains upright on a secure, heat-resistant surface.

 

Always leave at least 15cm between burning candles.

 

 

Keep wicks trimmed to 5mm (and evenly spaced) at all times to avoid smoking.

 

Trim excess wax from pillar candles to ensure an even burn.

 

Never allow the flame to touch the side of the glass.

 

Never move a candle while burning. Allow the wax pool to solidify completely before moving or relighting the candle


 

Always use a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame as blowing out your candle can cause the molten wax to splatter and the wick may continue to glow and emit smoke.

 

 

Always stop burning your candle when 10mm of wax remains at the bottom.

 

Extinguish the flame if it flickers, smokes or the flame gets too high.