Updated: Aug 6, 2018
Make your OSA scented candle last longer, burn better and throw more fragrance with a little TLC
In the past, I think I’ve taken candles for granted. I’ve simply lit them and then gone about my business. Now, while I’m not advocating candle care as a full-time job, I have come to appreciate that, like most things in life, you get out what you put in and it’s not always the candle that's at fault, but the way you look after it. So, here are my top tips for keeping your OSA scented candle looking and working at its best (and safest) – providing you with hours of fragrant bliss.
Firstly - as with all candles - remove all packaging, do not burn in direct sunlight or near any source of heat, never leave a burning candle unattended, leave 10cm or more between burning candles and burn out of reach of children and pets.
Trim your wick
Before lighting, always trim your wick to 5mm. This prevents 'mushrooming' of the wick, allows for a slower burn and prevents any build-up of soot. Be careful not to allow any trimmings to fall into the wax as debris in the wax can act as a secondary wick, thus creating a fire hazard. Remove debris when it is safe to do so. We recommend using a wick trimmer to catch any small pieces. Our wicks are specially designed to minimise mushrooming when cared for correctly.
Be aware of any drafts
Always burn your OSA Candle in a well-ventilated room, away from draughts, fans or other heat sources, which can cause sooting (black marks on the vessel) or rapid, uneven burning.
Love at first light
Soy wax has a memory - if you don't allow the whole surface to burn on first light, it will be difficult for the wax to melt past the 'ring' on future burns, which can cause the candle to ‘tunnel’ leaving excessive wax around the vessel's sides. This not only doesn’t look great but it also reduces the life of your candle. So, be sure that you have a few spare hours (at least two) to relax with your candle lit on the first burn. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Use the correct lighting tool
As we use white glass holders for our candles, we recommend using either a long match or grill lighter to light the wick. This helps avoid any unsightly soot marks on the glass, and will make lighting the wick easier as the candle burns down.
Size really does matter
When burning a scented candle, it’s important to keep in mind the size of your room. Small candles are suitable for smaller rooms like bathrooms, whereas large candles are better for bigger rooms. We use the highest recommended ratio of fragrance oil to wax, so you're likely to experience the aroma in your room even without lighting. If you want a lot of fragrance when lit, try jumping to the next size up or burning multiple candles. Always ensure you leave 10cm or more between burning candles.
Let your candle rest
Candles should not be burned for more than four hours at a time and allowed to cool for two hours between each burn. Centre and straighten the wick - once it is safe to do so - after extinguishing the flame using a snuffer. A candle which has been burning too long can experience wick migration where the wick is no longer in the centre of the vessel. If you see a flaming wick come close to the vessel wall, blow it out and straighten the wick to prevent vessels cracking – again, once it is safe to do so. Long or crooked wicks can create high flames, smoking or sooting. Trimming the wick to 5mm (when the wax has set) is the easiest way to prevent this.
Store your candle well
When your candle isn't in use, store it a cool dry place and cover it with one of our elegant candle lids to protect the quality wax from dust, which can dull its scent and cause problems during burn. Should you see condensation on the surface of a candle, this is a sign it has not been stored correctly or for too long. Make sure to wipe this away with a paper towel before lighting. Storing candles for too long can affect the scent, so use your candle in a reasonable time to make the most of the beautiful fragrance.
Know when to say goodbye
Hopefully, by following the tips above, you will have enjoyed a long and fragrance-filled relationship with your OSA scented candle. When you have 10mm of wax left at the bottom of your candle - it's time to say goodbye. It's important not to burn your candle completely as it may cause the glass holder to overheat. Always be sure to burn your candle on a heatproof, level surface, away from any flammable objects and dispose of wax remains in accordance with local policy. Don’t discard your glass container though – it should clean up nicely!