Candle Burning Instructions
The environment in which a candle is burned and how the
candle is maintained are the most significant factors in how it will perform.
Following the instructions and tips listed below will help ensure optimal
results when burning your South River Candle Co. fragrance candles.
•Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or
crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, high flames, smoking or soot. Use a
sharp wick trimmer or scissors to trim the wick. Using a dull tool will split
the wick's threads, causing it to "mushroom" excessively.
•Center and straighten the wick after blowing out your
candle. A wick that has migrated to the edge of the candle glass will cause the
candle to tunnel and may cause the glass to crack and break if it burns near or
against the wall of the candle. Use a candle wick snuffer / tweezers to gently
straighten and guide the wick back to the candle’s center while the wax is
•Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
•Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and
debris at all times.
•Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, fans or air
currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, smoking or soot.
•Before re-lighting a candle, let the candle cool completely
(a candle generally takes approximately two hours to cool). Trim the wick and
check for unwanted drafts.
•Burn regular-sized candles for 2-3 hours at a time. Small
votive candles should only be burned for 1-2 hours at a time. Burning for
shorter periods of time can cause the candle to “tunnel” burn (leaving excessive
wax remaining on the container’s sides). Ideally, the first time the candle is
lit, allow the candle to burn until the melt pool reaches the edge of the
container. Burning for longer periods of time than recommended can create soot
on the glass or cause the glass to become extremely hot.
•Burn candles in an ambient of 65 – 75 degrees F. Colder or
warmer environments will significantly affect the candle’s burn performance.
•When burning multiple candles, place the candles at least
three (3) inches apart. This ensures that the candles do not affect each
other’s burn performance with the heat they generate.
•If a candle is burning unevenly and the wick is centered,
it is in a draft. Rotate the candle 90 degrees periodically to keep it burning
uniformly, or move it to another location.