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Candle Care Guide

Our candles are handmade in small batches by artisan candle makers, and sometimes there are slight variations in the way they burn. No two candles are identical, however you can minimize variations in their performance by following a couple of simple guidelines:

Caring for your Osmic candle wick

  • Avoid lighting your candle wick with a match, as falling debris into the wax can act as a second wick, which can cause excessive heat and encourages your candle to burn faster.

  • When extinguishing your wick, always use a snuffer or lid. Never blow out a candle, as this can cause smouldering wick debris to escape from the jar. 

  • Your wick will tend to travel slightly when burning. If it ever comes close to the vessel wall, extinguish the flame and reposition the wick to the centre. This will help keep your candle burning efficiently and safely.

  • Trim the candle wick to around 5mm, using a wick trimmer. This will help prevent excessive sooting, flickering and high flames.

  • Stop burning your candle when there is less than 15mm of wax left, or the wick sustainer is visible through the molten wax. This prevents the glass getting too hot, and potentially breaking.

Burning your Osmic Candle

  • When burning your candle for the first time, try to burn it for long enough that the top layer of wax melts completely to the edges. This will help to train the wax into burning evenly down the jar.

  • Only burn your candle for a maximum of 4 hours at a time. Burning your candle for longer than this period can cause the wick to travel and become slanted.

  • Make sure you burn your candle on a heatproof surface such as a coaster or candle tray. 

  • Never place a burning candle in a draught, as this can cause sooting and uneven burning of the wax.

Storing your Osmic Candle

  • Store your candle in a cool and dry place. Wherever possible, keep the dust cover or use one of our optional lids. This will help protect the candle wax from dust and debris, which can dull the scent and effect the way the candle burns.

  • Liquid droplets on the surface of the wax is a sure sign that the candle has been stored incorrectly. Before lighting, wipe the liquid from the surface of the wax using a paper towel.

  • Storing candles for a prolonged period of time can affect the overall scent of the candle. To enjoy your Osmic candle in full bloom, we suggest burning it within a reasonable time from the date purchased.

Instructional Videos

How to safely trim your wick using the Osmic metal candle wick trimmers.