Candle Care

 

 


By following a few simple rules will ensure you get the best result from your 
Southern Lights Candles.

TRIM THE WICK

Before lighting always trim the wick to 5mm and remove any debris to encourage 
an even burn.  Cotton wicks sometimes mushroom, always remove the top with scissors or a wick trimmer to ensure a clean burn.

AVOID DRAUGHTS
Candles burn best in still air, ensuring they don’t drip or smoke.  If you can’t 
avoid a draught, turn the candle periodically to avoid an uneven burn and 
possible smoke.  Choose a vessel to help protect you candle and consider 
the size and space around the candle as it will burn hotter and may overheat 
causing it to drip or smoke.

SETTING THE CANDLE MEMORY
Start burning the candle for one hour for every 2.5cm diameter the first time it 
is lit.  This will maximise the burn pool and avoid creating a tunnel/crater.

PUTTING CANDLES OUT
Best practice is to use a candle snuffer to prevent wicks from drifting off centre and 
to avoid wax splash. If a candle snuffer is not available be careful to ensure the candle 
does not relight after blowing it out.  
Dinner and Taper candles should have the flame extinguished before the "crown" of the candle.  
The crown is the bottom 2cm of the Dinner or Taper candle that sits inside the candle holder.  
Dinner and Taper Candles should not be allowed to burn down below the top of the candle holder.  
Soy Jar candles and Pillar Candles should cease to be used when there is 1cm of wax remaining.  

GROUPING CANDLES
When grouping candles to create centrepieces or displays be sure to separate the candle by a
minimum of 10cm to prevent undue candle melt and burn problems. Candles burnt too close together
will will collapse or burn less than their advertised burn times.

VOTIVES
Votives need to go into a votive holder as when burning they are designed to 
melt and liquify.  To make removal easier add a teaspoon of water in the holder 
prior to burning.

TAPER AND DINNER CANDLES
Kept vertical, our taper and dinner candles will not smoke or drip if kept out of direct wind,
Air Conditioning or draughts. Use a Southern Lights taper holder to ensure your taper candle burns vertically.

CANDLE STORAGE
Candles are sensitive to temperature and light. To avoid candles cracking, melting or fading be sure to store
in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, dust and fluorescent light.