I use a premium coconut-soy wax blend in my candles and all-cotton fibre wicks that burn cleanly and stay straight throughout the life of your candle.
Your candle has a memory. Here's what you need to know.
The first burn
Ensure your wick is trimmed to approximately 5mm before lighting your candle for the first time.
To maximise the burn time and prevent your candle from tunnelling, do an initial burn for 2.5-3 hours before letting it rest.
If you don’t get a full met pool* on the first burn, don’t worry! You will on the second and subsequent burns if you burn your candle for the recommended time on subsequent burns.
We recommend not burning your candle for longer than the recommended time, as it may cause sooting on the inside of the glass, or smoking of the wick.
Turn your candle over and read the warning and information sticker.
If your candle is double wicked, always burn both wicks at the same time. Only burning one wick in a double wicked candle will cause tunnelling and will flood the single, lit wick with wax.
Never use water, or your candle lid to extinguish your candle, and never blow your candle out yourself. Always use a candle wick dipper or snuffer to extinguish your candle.
Burn your candle in a safe, open area. Always keep your lit candle away from draughts, ceiling fans, air con, heaters, and any air currents, as well as ensuring it is on a flat, stable surface. Bad placement of your candle can result in an uneven burn, smoking, a diminished scent throw and a shorter burn time.
Never burn your candle inside a lantern, box, or any other container. Also never burn your candle on a bookcase.
Ensure your candle is kept away from children, pets, clothing, curtains, rope, and anything flammable.
Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Before re-lighting your candle, trim the wick to approximately 5mm and ensure the wick is upright.
Trimming your cotton wick will reduce smoking and mushrooming. Never burn your candle all the way down to the metal tab.
When there is 10mm left at the bottom of the jar, it’s time to buy a new candle.
*a full met pool is where the wax has melted all the way to the edge of the glass.
Diffuser Safety Information
Follow the instructions below to get the most out of your reed diffuser:
Room Spray Safety Information
If lighting a room spray in conjunction with your candle, spray the room spray first, wait 10-15 minutes, and then light your candle, following our candle safety instructions above.
Room sprays are a great way to get a burst of scent in a space, but always follow the below safety information:
Scented Wax Tablet Safety Information
Our scented wax tablets are made from pure soy wax and not designed to be burned. If stored correctly, they should last approximately 6 months.
- Keep wax tablets away from sources of ignition.
- Always protect the surface on which the tablet rests.
- Avoid direct contact with fabric.
- When the tablet is no longer scented, break it into pieces and place it in a wax melt burner, or choose to keep it for decoration.
Reusing Your Candle Jar
Please reuse your empty Clare Makes candle jar! Here are some tips and ideas to clean your vessel and give it a second life.
Cleaning Your Jar
To get the remaining wax out, use the double boiler method to loosen the wax. Get a small pot, fill it part way with water and set your candle jar inside. Turn the heat low and wait a few minutes. Once the wax loosens from the edges, dump the wax straight into the bin.
If the wick holder is stuck, just slip a butter knife underneath and pop it out.
Try not to pour your wax down the drain - it may end up clogging your pipes.
To clean your jar, wipe out as much wax as you can with a paper towel. Then, use soap and hot water.
If the inner part of the candle has blackened a little bit, I find a little bit of isopropyl alcohol on a paper towel works well to wipe it away.
Your candle should now be like new and ready to use!
NOTE: Never microwave your candle jar. The wick holder is metal. You could destroy your microwave and start a fire.
Removing the Label
Here at Clare Makes, our candle labels are printed on synlite which is a synthetic, heat resistant material that is also acid, oil and solvent resistant with high adhesion. Unfortunately this means the candle labels are not recyclable and will be difficult to remove.
If you would like to try and remove the label, gently peel it off while being careful not to scratch the exterior of the candle jar. If some glue residue is left on the jar, use isopropyl alcohol on a paper towel, and some elbow grease in a circular motion to rub it off. You can also use soap and water.
Do not use acetone to remove the glue residue as you may also damage the exterior of the candle jar.
Ideas For Your New Jar
You can use your empty candle jar for so many things! I use mine for makeup brushes, but they’re great for flowers, plants, toothbrushes, pens, and general office supplies. The list is only limited by your imagination.
At this stage Clare Makes does not offer liquid candle refills, due to insurance reasons. We also do not currently offer solid candle refills - however we are actively looking into this, so watch this space!