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Burning and Care Instructions


All of the carved candles we sell are refillable, and with proper care, can last a lifetime. Our scented candles require some special care, as well. To learn how to care for each type of candle we sell, please read on.


Carved and Specialty Candles

Our carved and specialty candles are the most charming pieces of artwork, and we know you don't want to risk melting the beautiful exterior we work so hard to make for you. We understand the angst you may feel when you believe the flame is about the burn the best part: the artwork! If you ask us, having a pretty candle is as essential as having a lasting candle; So, to get the best out of our spectacular candles and preserve as much of their visually appealing designs as possible, follow our instructions closely.


Step 1: Assess the surface your candle is sitting on.

Before you place your candle, assess the surface the candle is sitting on. Make sure it's a level surface, at least 12 inches away from anything flammable. Be sure to place your candle somewhere indoors, out of direct sunlight, in an area with relatively low moisture content - rain and water do bad things to these candles.


Avoid placing the candle in front of fireplaces, or other excessively hot areas, like the stove or in a storage unit. Your candle is tolerant of a certain heat, but it is not invincible.


Step 2: Cut a hole around the wick

Before you light your candle, cut out a dime-sized, funnel-shaped hole around the wick, with the larger part of the opening at the topmost point of the candle. Then, make sure the wick is standing straight up and down. We don't want it leaning to the side, causing a cavern-like burn as opposed to a tubular-shaped burn.


Step 3: Light the wick

This is the big step that many people are afraid to take. We encourage you to "Just do it!" if you bring yourself to do so. It feels absolutely magical to watch as your candle burns a tubular-shaped well just down the center, preserving the outside design and leaving your beautifully carved or specialty candle completely in-tact, knowing you'll never have to replace it and can continue burning it infinitely (with refills, of course). To learn how to refill your candle, please click here.


Step 4: Pour out excess wax

As your candle burns, it will accumulate excess wax in the well around the wick. Unlike with scented candles, we suggest you tilt your carved or specialty candle carefully and pour the excess wax out every 20 to 30 minutes. This will allow a well to develop that you can eventually refill with candles that fit in the well. With larger candles, you can refill them with votives, and for smaller candles, you can use a small section of a taper candle as a refill.


Keep the candle lit for small increments of time, approximately 60 minutes.


Step 5: Trim the wick

Once you decide to light your candle again, be sure to trim the wick back down to ¼ inch in length before relighting. Also, before the wax in the well cools, make sure to stand the wick upright again so it doesn't burn the well crooked.


WARNING:

Finally, and possibly most importantly, do not place your candle in an area with a windy draft, and NEVER leave your burning candle unattended. This is very dangerous - it can, and has, caused damage to property, life-threatening injuries, and even death. Seriously, never leave your burning candle unattended. We can not stress this enough without adding additional capital letters and unnecessary exclamation points, so please trust us here.


OTHER TIPS

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

  • Do not wash the candle. Use a lightly dampened washcloth, or canned air, to remove dust if it has built up.

  • Do not place candles in the rain or dishwasher.

  • Do not refrigerate the candle or allow it to freeze.

  • While you burn your candle, be aware of any drafts of air that may come from an air vent, an open window, or an open door in the candle’s shared room.

Scented Jar Candles

For our Scented Jar Candles, we provide the most gratifying fragrances. These candles are made of three simple ingredients - paraffin wax, a 100% cotton wick, and all-natural essential oils. We know it’s desired to have a pleasant-smelling home, so, who doesn’t love candles that can fill a whole room up with the scent of a favorite essential oil? Our scented jar candles burn for a minimum of 20 hours, so be sure to follow these burning instructions to keep yours in proper and functional condition.


Step 1: Assess the surface your candle is sitting on.

Before you place your candle, assess the surface the candle is sitting on. Make sure it's a level surface, at least 12 inches away from anything flammable. Be sure to place your candle out of direct sunlight.


Finally, and possibly most importantly, do not place your candle in an area with a windy draft, and NEVER leave your burning candle unattended. This is very dangerous - it can, and has, caused damage to property, life-threatening injuries, and even death. Seriously, never leave your burning candle unattended. We can not stress this enough without adding additional capital letters and unnecessary exclamation points, so please trust us here.


Step 2: Trim the wick

Be sure to trim the wick down to ¼ inch in length before lighting your scented candle.


Step 3: Don't pour out the wax

We advise against removing the melted wax from our scented candles. Leaving the wax inside of the glass jar will ensure an even burn throughout the many hours your candle will last, and it will reduce the amount of soot created. Without wax around the wick, too much oxygen can cause the wick to burn at too high of a temperature, causing excess soot to develop along the glass jar.


Also, don't disturb the wax as it melts. Your candle has been masterfully hand-crafted to burn at just the right temperature, and the wax melting at an even, level layer is also a determining factor in the candle burning properly.


Step 4: Replace the lid after burning

Remember to replace the lid of your candle after burning it. Although the candle has no alcohol-based fragrances and therefore will not diminish its lovely smell if exposed to oxygen, it is still best to keep the candle covered while not in use to prevent dust and debris buildup on the wax inside the jar.


OTHER TIPS

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

  • To clean the candle, use a lightly dampened washcloth to remove soot inside the glass jar, or dust and debris from outside the glass jar.

  • Do not refrigerate the candle or allow it to freeze.

  • While you burn your candle, be aware of any drafts of air that may come from an air vent, an open window, or an open door in the candle’s shared room. Not only can this be very dangerous, but with our scented candles, you may not get the pleasant smell effect you would be looking for.

WARNING:

Finally, and possibly most importantly, do not place your candle in an area with a windy draft, and NEVER leave your burning candle unattended. This is very dangerous - it can, and has, caused damage to property, life-threatening injuries, and even death. Seriously, never leave your burning candle unattended. We can not stress this enough without adding additional capital letters and unnecessary exclamation points, so please trust us here.


A final word

Like you, we hope your candles can and will be enjoyed for as long as possible. We hope these burning instructions help you understand how to use your beloved candle more productively, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!


Phone: 512-567-3057 | Email: Jerry@theroyalcandlemaker.com

In case you missed the memo above, in order to assure safe candle ownership and prevent house fires, never leave a burning candle unattended.


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