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candle care

Pillar Candle Care

Step 1 Trim the wick

A short wick gives a cleaner, brighter flame and an even burn, while a long wick can cause smoking and can cause mushrooming of the wick, where a mushroom-like shape forms at the top of the wick which obscures and disturbs the flame.

Before lighting, trim the wick to between 5 – 7mm and remove any wick debris. A wick that is too long won't be able to draw wax all the way to the top, and the wick itself will start to burn, causing it to smoke. A wick that is too long can also cause a candle flame to grow too long and flare, again producing soot.

Step 2 Place candle on a heat proof candle plate

Pillar candles must be burnt on a heat proof plate. Place candle away from drafts and always keep candle within sight.

Step 3 Memory burn

When burning the candle for the first time it must be blown out before it reaches the edge of the candle itself, leaving a 1cm rim. This sets the memory of the candle and is a very important step in ensuring the candle burns well and does not spill over the sides and leak.

Once the candle has been burning for approximately three to four hours, or when the wax has melted leaving a 1cm rim, the candle should be blown out. This first burn sets the memory of the candle so make sure you let your pillar candle burn to the edge

Step 4 Blowout pillar and allow to reset

It is important to blow out the candle when it reaches the edge, leaving a 1cm rim. Allow the candle to cool and reset. Once the wax solidifies you can relight it. Usually best to leave overnight.

Step 5 – Subsequent Burns

For best results, don't burn your candle for longer than 4 hours at a time. Extinguish, let the candle cool down, trim the wick, and relight. The wax pool should always be kept clean.

Burn Time

For best results, don't burn your candle for longer than 4 hours at a time. Extinguish, let the candle cool down, trim the wick, and relight.


information about your candle

At kc alchemy we care about the environment.

Our candles are made from 100% natural soy, this means that if you have chosen a colour, you may notice some slight frosting on your candle in the colder weather and in the summer time it can sweat. This is a normal chemical reaction to our lovely Australian climate and means this is how you can tell you have a genuine soy candle.

Once your candle has 1.5cm of wax left, use a teaspoon to scrape out the residue, gently lift the wick from the base, peel off your label and wash.

Soy wax is a naturally derived product so warm soapy water will break down in no time and a drop of orange oil will remove and label residue off the glass.

Jar Candles

Trim wick before each burn to avoid black smoke and residue in the wax.

Always let your candle burn to the full circumference of the jar to avoid uneven burning.

Do not let wax burn to the glass base, repurpose your jar once there is 1.5cm left of wax left

Do not burn your candle for more then 4 hours at time.

Never leave a burning candle unattended.

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