Candle Care & Usage

What you already know

We all know how to use candles right? I don't need to tell you that you should only burn a candle on a candle safe dish or holder. I don't even need to tell you to never burn a candle close to curtains or other flammable objects and to never leave a candle unattended. You already know all that stuff.

What you might have forgotten

I will add this gentle reminder because I think some of us forget how playful our children and pets can be. They can get hurt playing close to candles and you do need to keep a close eye on little fingers, paws and tails when they are in the same room as a lit candle. Teach your children to never pick up or move a lit candle. Oh and keep two eyes on the teens. Those little buggers love to stick their fingers in hot melt pools of wax. "But mom, it COOL!"

What you might not know

There are many different types of candles out there and each type of candle burns differently. So here's a quick run down on how candles should be used.

Votive Candles: Votive candles are designed so that when lit, they form a full melt pool and will liquefy. Make sure you burn a votive candle in a tight fitting glass or candle holder designed for votive candles.

Floating Candles: This is pretty much self explanatory but I'll go ahead and put down the information. Floating candles are designed to be burned in a bowl of water. Make sure you use a bowl that is made for candles or heat tempered glass.

Pillar Candles: A favorite of decorators and a wedding staple. Pillar candles are meant to be used on a candle dish, plate, holder..What ever you find that will be heat resistant and adds a protective barrier between the candle and your counter or wood surface.

Novelty and shaped candles: These type of candles are made for aesthetic reasons and even though they are made from wax and have a wick, they really aren't designed for burning, but if you insist on lighting one up be advised that the candle will not burn as well as a regular purpose candle would. Be sure to place your candle on a heat resistant surface and when the wax starts to melt and run down the sides {and it will} make sure your candle holder is large enough to keep that wax from flowing over and getting on your counter or furniture surface.

Storing Candles: If you need a place to keep candles for an extended period of time, consider a closet inside your home instead of the attic, garage or basement. Candles should be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and indoor lighting. Extreme heat can warp them, extreme cold can crack them. Sunlight and house hold lights can cause fading and discoloration.


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