Caring for your New Favorite Candle

You are now the proud owner of an Urban Wick Candle! We would like to share our best advice for ensuring you get the most fragrant and long-lasting burn from your candles.  

To ensure your candle burns safely and evenly, please follow the steps below before lighting your candle, every time: 

    1. Initial burn: The first time you light your candle determines the lifespan of your candle. It's important to allow the melted wax pool to reach the edges of your container before extinguishing to prevent tunneling and the build up of wax around the edges of your vessel. We recommend burning your candle for 3 hours at a time (4 hours maximum).
    2. Center your wick: When you first light your candle, the wick will be centered. As you enjoy your candle, however, the wick may start to get a little too comfy and travel off center in the warm wax.  If your wick has moved off center, recenter it by gently holding the end and sliding it towards the middle of your vessel. You may find that this is easier to do when the wax is still a bit warm after extinguishing the flame; simply use the back of a spoon to nudge it back to the center.
    3. Trim your wick: Once you’ve recentered your wick, it’s time to trim it!  Using a wick trimmer or a pair of scissors, trim your wick to ¼ of an inch before lighting your candle, every time. This is the optimal height for ensuring an even burn that is free of soot debris. In addition, trimming your wick will help it stay centered in the candle, preventing an uneven melt and minimizing the risk of shattered glass.
    4. Remove debris: After you’ve centered and trimmed your wick, make sure it is free of any wick trimmings, matches, and other debris. These can reignite and create a flame that is too large for the candle, posing a safety issue and potentially shattering the vessel. 

Your candle is now beautifully lit and giving off a wonderfully fragrant scent. Below are some more tips to ensure your candle burns optimally for many hours to come:

  • A draft is your candle’s worst enemy. Keep your candle away from ceiling fans, high traffic areas, and vents. Aside from being a safety issue, a moving flame can also cause uneven burning and black soot around the jar.
  • Never leave a candle unattended and keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame is too high.
  • Burn your candle between one and four hours at a time for best results
  • The smaller the candle, the less fragrant it may be.  If you aren’t getting a strong enough scent, try burning a few complementary smaller candles side-by-side, or place your candle in a smaller room.
  • Do not burn if there are any cracks in your vessel.
  • Candle vessel will be hot after burning. Allow the wax to cool completely before handling.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fragrant glow of your candles!