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Get the most out of your candles!

Desert Rose Taper candles burning at nightCandle Care & Safety Instructions:

Remove all packaging before lighting any candle. 

Always place candles on a level and non-flammable surface.

Keep candles away from other flammable materials and out of reach of small children and pets. small children and pets. 

Where applicable, put a candle in a candle holder, hurricane glass or lantern. 

Trim the wick to 1/4" before lighting it - both when you first light the candle as well as each time you relight it. If the flame starts smoking during burning, extinguish it and trim the wick before relighting it. 

Do not burn candles in a draught, as this may cause them to drip (especially in the case of narrow and multi-wick candles).

Elegant white on white burning candles

Never leave a burning candle unattended. 

On the first lighting your candle, allow it to burn for a duration of one hour per every 1" of its diameter in order to establish a decent burn pool. 

Always keep a candle's burn pool clear of debris that may catch alight or cause flaring. 

Avoid moving a candle while it is burning. 

Never use liquid to extinguish a candle and try to snuff the flame rather than blowing it out. 

Do not burn candles near a source of heat such as an oven, heater or fireplace. 

Once the wick has burnt down to 1" from the candle's base, it should be extinguished and discarded.

African Sky taper candles lighting up the dinner table!Candle Storage

Candles can have a long shelf life, but over time their colours can fade, they can become sticky, and fragranced candles can lose their scent. To delay this ageing process, store candles in a cool dark place in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic. 

A few more Tips!
Outdoor candles:
Do not burn outdoor candles inside, as they smoke excessively. If moths or other bugs fly into the candle's burn pool, remove them immediately to prevent them from catching alight and causing a safety hazard or ruin the candle. Do not leave them outside on a cold night after snuffing, as the sudden temperature drop may cause them to crack.

White on white pillar candle in a hurrican lamp

Hurricane lamps:
Always ensure that the lantern's volume is at least 2.5 times that of the candle's to prevent the heat from building up inside the lantern and causing the candle to melt.

Burning multiple candles:
Always ensure a distance of 4" between burning candles. 

Thanks to Kapula for these guidelines on how to best 'manage the life' of your fair trade candles.... enjoy!