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How to Get the Most Out of Your Cotton Wick Candle

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A cotton wick candle is a great way to enjoy the scent and ambiance of a candles without all the fuss. If you're looking for a clean burn and good fragrance throw, you can't go wrong with a cotton wick. Our cotton wicks are free of all metals including lead and zinc. Here is how to get the most out of your cotton wick candle.

Before You Burn
The first time you burn your candle, allow it to burn for at least three to four hours. This will ensure that your candle burns evenly from start to finish. Keep your candle free of debris and away from children, pets and any flammable objects. Also, always place your candle on a heat proof surface, and never leave your burning candle unattended.

Trim Your Wick
Before each use, trim your cotton wick to 1/4 inch. This will help prevent soot buildup and reduce the risk of fire. If your wick starts to smoke or the flame is larger than 1.5 inches, extinguish the flame immediately and let the wax cool before trimming the wick and relighting. Most of our candles will self trim, but occasionally you may have carbon build up or a wick that is burning longer that will need to be trimmed.

Extinguish Correctly
When you’re finished burning your candle, it’s important to snuff it out correctly. Use a candle snuffer or a wick dipper to dip the wick in the melted wax pool and then straighten it out before allowing it to cool and solidify. This will help your candle last longer and prevent the formation of black soot on the glass jar. We do not recommend using our lids to extinguish your candle as it may effect the scent of the candle after.

Avoid Drafts
Drafts can cause your candle to burn unevenly, produce soot and cause your candle vessel to overheat. To avoid this, make sure to keep your candle away from windows, vents, ceiling fans, and other sources of drafts. Once you’ve found the perfect spot for your candle, try not to move it around too much to avoid disturbing the flame.

End of Life
When your candle has about 1/2 inch of wax left, it's time to say goodbye. I know this can feel wasteful, but this is a safety measure to ensure vessel integrity. Extinguish the flame and enjoy your candle one last time. Once it's completely cool, recycle or reuse the glass jar. Oak & Vale Candles make great vases, indoor pots for plants, pen holders, and  lidded non food item storage.

Oak & Vale Cotton wick candles are a great option if you're looking for a clean burn and good fragrance throw. With a little bit of care, you can enjoy your cotton wick candles for hours on end! So what are you waiting for? Grab a cotton wick candle and cozy up!