Caring for Your Orleans Candles

We want you to love your Orleans candles as much as we do, so we thought we'd share a few tips and tricks we've learned to best care for your candle.

Tip 1 - Trimming the Wick
Your Orleans candle wicks all come pre-trimmed. But after you've burned your candle the first time, it's best to trim the wick to 1/4 inch every time you light your candle. If your candle is double-wicked, make sure to trim the wicks evenly to avoid uneven burning. Keeping the candle wick trimmed will keep your candle safer. We also recommend that after each burn, you keep wicks straight and centered to maximize future burns.

Tip 2 - Burn Times
It's never fun when you get a candle and it only burns down the middle of the jar, leaving wax stuck to the sides of the jar. In the candle world that's called tunneling. The first time you burn a candle, you can help prevent future tunneling. We recommend that each time you burn your candle, you keep it lit just long enough for the wax pool to reach the edge of the container. For the first burn, that is usually achieved after 3 hours. On subsequent burns, it is ideal for the candle to be burned for at least 2 hours, but never longer than 3 hours.

Tip 3 - Flickering and Smoke
If you see smoke coming off the candle after lighting, it means your wick needs trimming. Keeping your wick trimmed to 1/4 inch will help minimize smoke. Also know that if you burn your candle for too long, the wick can become too long and can start sending off smoke. If that happens, just extinguishing the flame, allow the candle to cool and trim the wick to 1/4 inch. We also encourage you to ensure your candle is not burned near heat and A/C vents, ceiling fans, windows, and even doorways as these tend to create a draft. Drafty conditions can lead to your candle not burning correctly.

Tip 4 - Putting My Candle Out
To avoid lots of smoke when you put your candle out, we recommend using a metal object (like a kitchen utensil) or a wick dipper to dip the wick into the wax and then raise and straighten it back out.

We hope these tips help you enjoy and maximize the life from your Orleans Candles!