Care for your Candles

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Lighting a candle is a ritual in its own right. It is important that you extend the same care you give to yourself unto your candle to get the most out of this little creation. Below are some important things to know before lighting your Elemento Candle.

  • Trim wick to 1/4 of an inch before burning.
  • Let candle burn for 4 hours or until an even melt pool is achieved to avoid tunneling.
  • Recenter wick while wax is soft to make sure your candle burns correctly on your next lighting.
  • Do not leave a burning candle unattended.


There will be instances where you feel your candle is performing oddly and could be attributed to a number of reasons. Below lists a number of possible scenarios and how to do something about it.

  • Sweating: In rare occurrences, you might notice little droplets of liquid forming on top of your candle. This is fragrance oil which has separated itself from the candle wax. This can be due to excess fragrance oil that the wax could not handle, or would commonly happen when the candle is subjected to less than desirable temperature conditions (like being in transit for delivery or being stored in a room that is too cold or too warm). We don't use any wax stabilizers like what big brands do to eliminate this issue, thus you might encounter sweating in your candle albeit, on rare occasions. Good news is that this state does not affect how the candle performs. Burn as usual or wipe off any excess oil if it bothers you.
  • Tunneling: This happens when the wick burns through the middle and tunnels down the candle without melting the entire surface of your candle. This can be a result of an under wicked candle, irregular wick placement or when you put out the candle before it reaches a full melt pool. If you suspect this happening, do not trim the wick. Instead grab a tin/aluminum foil and wrap it around the rim of your candle and wait until a full melt pool is achieved. If you see the wick being "drowned" in melted wax, it is important to throw away any excess wax before it hardens to salvage the candle. 
  • No Hot Throw: Hot throw means the ability of the candle to diffuse scent when lighted. Every fragrance oil is different in its ability to throw scent. Some are naturally subtle while some are overpowering. If you get very minimal hot throw, this could be due to this specific reason or could be because the candle is too small for the room it's trying to scent. Sometimes ventilation and room temperature is also a factor. Experiment where you place your candle to get optimum hot throw or get a bigger sized one if you're scenting a big room.
Got a concern you'd like to raise to us? Questions and inquiries about our candles? Reach out to us through our social media pages or via our Contact Us form.