Candle Care


I use a premium soy wax blend in my candles and all-cotton fibre wicks that burn cleanly and stay straight throughout the life of your candle.

My large candles are slow-burning, and have a burn time of over 60 hours.

Your candle has a memory. Here's what you need to know.

The first burn

To maximise the burn time and prevent your candle from tunnelling, do an initial burn for 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 2-3 hours at a time.

Safety

Turn your candle over and read the warning and information sticker.

Never use water, or your candle lid to extinguish your candle.

Always keep your lit candle away from draughts, ceiling fans 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.

Ensure your candle is kept away from children, clothing, curtains 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.

Fragrance Sample / Aroma Bead Safety Information

Clare Makes fragrance samples are provided as aroma beads / eva beads / scent beads. Important safety information is outlined below.

  • You must never let the beads touch your skin
  • Do not transfer the beads to another vessel or bag as they may leak or cause staining.
  • Always keep the jar well away from children and pets.
  • Keep the beads away from heat and flame because they will melt.
  • Due to the fact that these beads are not heated in the same way that candles are, they will naturally not have as strong as a scent throw. With this in mind, they are best suited for a small space such as a wardrobe shelf or toilet.

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 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. 

To 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.


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