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Candle With Care

Posted on May 03 2021

Candle Care: Here’s the 411

You’re psyched on your new scent- as you should be! Let’s make sure you get the most out of your candle burning experience. 

Wanna be Slick? Trim that Wick! 

Trim that wick! The most common mistake candle connoisseurs make is getting too excited to burn, and neglecting to trim the wick. Trimmed wicks make for a clean burn and controlled, brighter flame. Guarantee you have a safe and happy burn by trimming down the wick to around ¼ of an inch. To do this, you can use any pair of scissors you have, or our personal favorite, nail clippers which can help you reach. No need to be a perfectionist on this - remember you’re going to set it aflame anyway! So give that ol’ long and wacky wick a haircut before you light it up!

Burn, Baby Burn!

The first time your burning is the most exciting, yet most crucial! Ignore that weird instinct we all get to blow it out early, and let er’ burn! This helps make for an even burn and helps you avoid that annoying wax ring that shows up around the base of your wick. We recommend burning for a good amount of time on your first run though. This could be anywhere from 2-6 hours depending on candle size. Make sure your wax evenly burns, and it melts all the way to the edges of the jar to avoid that pesky wick sinking.

Know When to Let Go

Not sure how long to keep lighting that candle? To ensure you have the safest burn, and are able to reuse your Broken Top jar, we recommend only burning until there’s ¼ - ½  an inch of wax left. This helps avoid the jar from overheating and no chance the bottom of the jar causes damage to your table, windowsill, wherever! To avoid this all together, when your candle has dwindled down to the end, ensure the safest burn by throwing a coaster under. 

Thanks for the Tips, but I Already Ruined My Candle...

Well soot, does your wick keep moving down around that wall of wax? Wax tunneling is no fun and could be avoided by trimming the wick, and having a long initial burn. Not all of us can be candle experts though, so here’s a hack you can use to distribute an even burn.

1. Place a piece of aluminum foil over the rim of the jar

2. Make a small opening above the wick to release heat

3. Let it burn for a while. 

This way the heat can be distributed evenly and the wax will have an even melt.


You’ve gotten 50+ hours of life out of your candle, who’s to say you can’t get some more? We’ve got some tips and tricks to repurpose your jar. That way you don’t have to throw out your new favorite accent piece and let that jar stick around for a while!