1. Let It Burn
The first time you light your candle, it is crucial that you allow it to form a full melt pool before extinguishing. If you cannot dedicate the time to this first memory burn, be patient and wait to light your candle, otherwise you may be left with a constant buildup of wax along the sides of the jar (tunneling) !
2. Let It Sit
Do not touch or move candles while they are lit or immediately after they are extinguished, especially when the wax nears the bottom of the jar. You never want to risk dropping, spilling, or breaking your candle. If you must move your candle, do so by bringing your palm near the glass first, to judge how hot it is before moving it (see below).
These are small batch goods made by hand using all natural materials, so they may sometimes appear "imperfect". Additive-free soy wax will appear cracked & crystallized after solidifying. This is simply proof that the wax has not been tampered with. Sometimes wicks will dislodge because I use an all natural adhesive rather than toxic glue, but once the candle begins to cool you can swirl the wax a bit to realign the wick to center, or use a toothpick to do so. In the case that your candle appears to tunnel, this can be fixed by gently swirling the wax around the edges of the container, and wrapping a sheet of aluminum foil around the upper portion of the jar (some foil extending upwards of the jar about 2 inches).
3. Trim Your Wick
Before you re-light your candle, always trim your wick to remove any carbon buildup (mushrooms). This will ensure cleaner burns, reduce smoke, & help your candle last. In some cases a carbon ball may not form & trimming might not be necessary. Also, if only 3/4” of wax or less remains, I have personally left a bit of carbon on the wick in an effort to have it burn longer.
Once you’ve depleted your candle of its wax, you can clean out the jar & use the container for storage or display. Candle jars make wonderful homes for dried herbs, crystals, art supplies, and much more. Read about repurposing here.