The First Burn

If you've been following our page for some time, you'll often hear me say how important the first burn of your candle is. Why? The first burn will dictate how your candle performs and helps promote an even burn for the duration of the candle's lifespan.  

For those who are hearing this for the first time, please, PLEASE,  p l e a s e  make sure you allow enough time for your candle's wax pool to reach the edge of your jar. This timing will depend on the size of your jar, however approximately 3 hours is a good rule of thumb. This will effectively assist in preventing tunnelling and will ensure you make the most of your candle!

Now, if it is your first time hearing this and your candle has unfortunately began to tunnel, I've got some tips and tricks for you below on how you can troubleshoot this. 

  • Burn your candle for 2-3 hours. If you're lucky and the tunnel isn't too small, this might be enough to save the candle. However, if it still does not reach the edge, your wax will be soft enough for you to manipulate.
    Use a cotton bud to wipe around the edge of your jar, pushing the wax down. Be careful not to submerge the wick.

  • This tip might look ridiculous but it has worked for me every single time! All you'll need is a piece of aluminium foil. You can fix a tunnelled candle by wrapping a piece of foil around the edges and simply letting it burn.
    After a couple of hours, with the assistance of the foil retaining the heat in the jar, the wax should melt and even out the surface.

  • If you have a heat gun (hairdryers won't work as you'll end up splattering wax everywhere), simply use this to heat the wax on the edge of the jar and this will drop down, evening out your candle. 

  • Before using this trick, you'll need to ensure that your jar is oven safe. On a very low heat setting, all you need to do is place your jar in the oven keeping a very close eye on your candle. Once the wax on the edges have melted down, turn your oven off and let your candle cool in the oven. 
    Some things to note to avoid your jar cracking and breaking when removing it from the oven:
    - Use a dry cloth or oven mitt. 
    - Ensure you pop it on a wooden board or tea towel rather than a cold surface such as a marble bench.
    - Wait for the wax to set completely before lighting your candle.

 

I hope these tips help you when burning your candle. If you have any questions about your candles, feel free to send us a message on Instagram - we love hearing from you and are happy with help with any questions you may have.