Candle care can be tricky. Read our tips below to solve all your candle woes. 

These burning tips work for all candles, not just ours. Quick note, we use 100% soy wax, as a natural product you may observe uneven surfaces and frosting which is perfectly normal for all natural soy wax. 



Wick Care

Trim. Your. Wick. 

Wicks determine the size and strength of the flame, the larger the flame the faster your beautifully smelling candle is going to burn and the more smoke your wick will produce. Larger flames are bigger liabilities--all candles should be burned under supervision, safety first friends. 

It is also noteworthy that large, untrimmed wicks can curl into the melted wax pool and drown itself, harming your candle. On the flip side, don't trim your wick too short or the flame won't be large enough to function properly. 

Here's what you do:

Between burns, trim your wick to 1/4" to 1/8". This will ensure the flame is the proper size and extend the life of your candle. 

Burn Time

Oh burn time. This is probably--other than trimming your wick--the MOST important thing I can tell you about burning candles. Wicks are not self trimming (usually) which means that as your candle burns the exposed wick gets longer and over time will produce a larger flame. I reckon you've guessed where this is going as I've already explained why it's so important to keep your wick trimmed. 

Essentially, the longer you burn your candle, the longer your wick will get and the larger the flame will be which results in your candle burning much faster than it should. 

The proper amount of time to burn your candle is up to 4 hours. When you burn your candle longer than 4 hours it is considered a power burn which is not only dangerous but will burn through your candle super fast. 

Here's what you do:

Only burn your candle for a maximum of 4 hours at a time.

If you MUST burn your candle longer than 4 hours, my best advice is to extinguish your candle and use a wick trimmer to trim the wick back to the 1/4" to 1/8" length and then relight it.

*My professional advice is to not burn a candle longer than 4 hours.

Avoid Tunneling

Have you ever brought home a candle, lit it for 30 minutes, extinguished it for some urgent reason, then a few days later you light your candle only to find it burning down the center and wasting precious wax? Thats called tunneling. 

Tunneling wont harm your candle, it will still burn and throw the scent but the life of your candle will be drastically reduced and you may experience some wick issues such as drowning or smoking.

Here's what you do:

Always let the melt pool reach the container edge before extinguishing. This is especially important on the first burn as soy wax has a memory and will always melt to the point you first burn your candle to. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for your first burn before you blow your candle out and make sure the melted wax pool has reached the container edge. Every time you burn your candle after a proper first burn, your candle will always get the melt pool back to the container edge in about 30 minutes.  

Uneven Melt Pool

So your candle has been burning for an hour or so and you check on it and notice the melt pool has reached one side of the container edge but the opposite side has a crescent moon shape of unmelted wax that just wont quit. This is due to burning your candle on an uneven surface. Weird, I know, but definitely a real thing. 

Here's what you do:

Twist your candle a full 180 degrees and allow the uneven surface to help the unmelted side to melt out to the edge. Then find yourself an even surface to enjoy your candle on. 

Safety First

Always burn candles under supervision and never leave a lit candle unattended. Do not burn candles near flammable items or drafts, or in the reach of pets or children. If your candle is smoking a lot it is either due to the wick being too long or a draft interrupting the flame. 

Candle containers get hot, don't grab a candle while or right after burning. 

Recycling + Reusing Candle Containers

Glass containers are reusable! When it’s time to say goodbye to your candle, wash the container out and use it as a pencil holder, planter, tea-light holder, or anything you want. We don't recommend using glass jars for food or beverage. 




Q: What is "Tunneling" ?

A: Tunneling is when the candle burns down the center of a candle leaving wax around the edges of the melted wax pool. 

Q: What are cotton wicks and why are they eco-friendly?

A: Cotton wicks are candle wicks made with 100% cotton or are a combination of cotton and paper. Cotton is a renewable resource making them sustainable. They are clean burning and do not contain any metal core (which is commonly found in paraffin candles). 

Q: How are your candles clean burning?

A: It's all about the ingredients! Soy wax is made out of soy beans and thus does not produce toxins as it burns and produces little to no soot. The same can be said for our cotton wicks. 

Q: Are your candles Vegan + cruelty free?

A: YES! Our candles are 100% vegan and cruelty free. We love animals and don't believe they should be in our products. 

Q: Are your candles Phthalate free?

A: YES! Our candles are phthalate free, paraben free and petroleum free.

Q: What size candle is best for my room?

A: The candle diameter is what determines how strong its fragrance throw will be. A smaller candle will be better suited to a small room while a larger one will fill a living room or large open space with scent. We recommend the following candle sizes for room spaces as follows:

Gold Travel Tins - Small rooms and entry ways

8 oz Candle Jars + Femme Tumblers - Bedrooms and medium sized rooms

13.5 oz Candle Jars - Large rooms and open spaces

 Q: What charity does the Femme Collection donate to?

A: The Femme Collection donates 10% of each sale to the National Women's Law Center, a female charity focusing on women's rights and creating change one law at a time. 


Disclaimer: The above data is informative and in no way replaces precautions required when burning a candle. Candles have open flames which are dangerous and should never be left unattended. Thistle + Sage Botanics is not responsible for how it's products are used or any mishaps due to improper candle burning. Enjoy at your own risk.