How to Care For Your Beeswax Candles
With a little care, beeswax candles can burn well and efficiently. Assuming the candles are made of quality, well-filtered beeswax there should be little, if any, dripping or waste.
On this page we share a few tips and techniques that will help you get the most out of your beeswax candles.
Once your beeswax pillar is lit, the minimum burn time for each candle diameter varies. This is due to the size and how long it takes for the molten pool of wax to expand outwards. You want to avoid "tunnelling".
The chart below shows the minimum burn time for each candle size.
||Minimum Burn Time
||1½ to 2 hours
||2 to 4 hours
Before lighting your pillar candle, trim the wick on an angle to 1/4 inch.
Tilt candle slightly when lighting.
Each time candle is lit allow it to burn until the molten pool of wax has expanded to within 1/4 inch of the edge. This way you avoid "tunnelling" and the candle will burn evenly to the end.
As a general rule you don’t want the flame to "spike". The flame should be rounded at all times as in above image. If flame is not rounded, the wick has gotten too long. (A draft in the room can also cause the flame to flicker and spike.)
The wick should never be any longer than a 1⁄4 inch the entire time the candle is burning. When the wick is too long the flame will begin to spike (below image) and cause smoke which adds soot to the air.
As the candle burns, the larger diameter, (2.5 and 3 inch) candles require a wick trim occasionally. You can trim the wick while the candle is burning. Carefully clip the excess wick from the flame using a sharp wick trimmer or scissors. Immediately extinguish the excess wick using a damp tissue.
Another way to remedy the long wick is to roll the inner edges of the candle top in towards the molten pool of wax. As the rolled edges melt this will raise up the molten pool making the wick shorter which means a smaller rounded flame.
Alternatively, add small leftover pieces of wax to the molten pool to bring it higher around the wick. (Save your left over beeswax candle pieces for this.)
Other Do's and Don’ts
Beeswax burns hotter than other waxes. Do not burn pillar candles in enclosed containers. Rather burn your pillar candle on an open heat resistant platter enabling the candle flame to receive the adequate oxygen it requires to burn properly.
It’s important the candle is sitting on a flat surface when burning otherwise it will begin to run over. Once this happens the life of the candle is significantly shortened and it is difficult to burn successfully after that.
When burning the candles in groups, situate at least 8 inches apart from each other and away from drafts. Otherwise, the sides of the neighbouring candles will begin to soften, eventually melting through from the hot temperature of its own molten pool of wax. This could cause potential damage to surfaces and shorten the life of the candle.
Never blow out your candle flame. When you blow out a flame, there is a risk of hot wax getting sprayed over surfaces, as well, the thick cotton wicking will keep smouldering and fill the air with smoke.
To extinguish the candle flame, dunk the burning wick into the molten wax pool using a wick dipper, then straighten upright.
The wick is now primed with wax and ready for lighting next time.
Our taper candles are designed not to drip. You read that right:
As long as they are burned in a draft free room our taper candles burn drip-free! You don't need to trim our taper candle wicks. The cotton wick we use is designed to curl into the hottest part of the flame and be consumed.
Never blow out your candle flames. You risk spraying the hot wax across surfaces. Instead, use a snuffer or a candle wick dipper to extinguish, then place a drop of melted wax on the wick to stop smouldering.
Burn tea lights in a room free of drafts in quality glass cups on a heat resistant surface. Tea lights burn best in containers that do not restrict the air flow. To extinguish candle flame, dunk wick in molten pool using a wick dipper, then straighten upright.
Burn votive candles free of drafts on a heat resistant platter or in containers with open sides. Basically, you want to use a container with a larger opening than traditional votive size candle holders. By using larger containers it allows the candle flame to receive the adequate oxygen it requires to burn properly. Restricted airflow will cause the flame to flicker and spike resulting in inefficient combustion. Not only will this shorten the burn time, the flame will begin to smoke and add soot to the air. To extinguish candle flame, dunk wick in molten pool using a wick dipper, then straighten upright.
How to Clean Your Candle Holders
The best way to clean glass candle cups and holders is to place them in the freezer for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from freezer and chip off the wax residue. The wax will easily let go from the container when chilled. Use a paper towel to polish the container.
How to Remove Beeswax from Clothing or Material
Sometimes it’s inevitable, you will get beeswax splattered on your clothing or on your favourite tablecloth.You can safely remove beeswax from material with a few simple steps:
- Place the garment that has beeswax on it in the freezer for about an hour to harden the wax.
- Remove the hardened wax from the fabric using a blunt object.
- Place the garment on an ironing board. Slip a few paper towels under the area where the wax is on the garment. Place a few layers of paper towel on top.
- Using your iron on a low setting, iron over the paper towel to melt the wax. The paper towel will absorb the melted wax. You may need to add fresh layers of paper towel as the wax gets absorbed into the towel.
- Lift the iron every 10 seconds to keep the paper towel from becoming too hot and reapply after a few seconds. Continue ironing until the beeswax has been completely absorbed into the towel. Clean garment as normal.