Enjoy the longest burn and the strongest home filling fragrance with these candle care and use tips:
- Store the candle in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight. Our candles look beautiful in window ledge displays, but the sun’s rays can actually discolor the wax and dull our fragrances.
- After blowing out your candle, avoid the swirls of smoke and pungent burned wick smell by dipping the end of the wick in the melted wax pool around it. Then, simply bring the wick back up to its vertical position and you’re primed for the next lighting.
- Keep your candle lit until the melted wax reaches the glass border for best results.
- The wick should always be standing vertically at about 5mm in length.
- When there is 15mm or less of wax left in the jar, it’s time for a new candle.
…and don’t forget more and exclusive tips on how to get the most of your candle are included in the package!
Composition and functioning
The wick, usually composed of twisted cotton threads, is surrounded by the wax or other fuels which melt at low temperatures (usually around 60 ° C). When the wick is lit, the wax melts. Through the capillary effect of the wick, the wax is transported in the flame, where it vaporizes to burn in the presence of oxygen. The ascent of hot burning gas, i.e. convection, the flame is supplied by unused air and gives the elongated shape. A candle will shut down if the oxygen content falls below about 16%.
If a wick burns too slowly, the candle starts to produce soot. This is due to the incomplete combustion of the vaporized wax. To prevent this from happening, asymmetrically twisted wicks are used in modern candles, which causes the wicks to tilts to the side and the tip to fall off when burnt. Before the invention of this technique, the wick was shortened regularly (“smoccolato” in Italian) with the use of special scissors.
Typically, 3 to 8 grams of wax in a candle can produce illumination for an hour and a thermal capacity between 39 to 100W. The luminous efficiency is in contrast to 0.1-0.2 lm/W.