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Candle Care & Tips

Our candle advice...and boy we have burnt through many, many joke.

  • First burn is the most important burn.  Do not light your brand new candle for 30 minutes and then turn it off. Big mistake! You're going to get that annoying tunnel, where the wax stays on the side of the glass or tin. For your first burn, candles should burn for at least one hour per inch of container diameter. So, if you buy a new candle that is 3 inches in diameter, you should burn your candle for at least 3 hours (not more than 4 at a time is what we suggest). Wax has a memory, so you want to burn your candle so the melted wax spreads all the way out to the edge of your container. That way, when you burn your candle the next time, it will remember to melt all the way out to the sides. 
  • Keep your wick trimmed and don't leave your candles burning all day. If you burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, carbon will collect on the wick, and your wick will begin to "mushroom." This can cause the wick to become unstable, the flame to get too large, your candle to smoke, and soot to be released into the air and around your candle container. That ugly black glass look. 
  • Don't forget to trim your wicks!!!  If not, I guaranteed you're going to have a big black ring around the sides of the candles, and when you light them you're going to get black smoke. When you don't trim the wick frequently,  what happens is your wick builds  the "mushroom" or in other words will develop a carbon buildup. This is the result of the candle consuming more wax than it can burn. Lighting a "mushroom" can lead a wick to crackle and pop and release soot into the air and onto your candle container. 
    Always trim your wicks to 1/4 inch before lighting, and never burn for more than 4 hours, otherwise carbon will start to accumulate.
  • Keep all candles out of reach of pets and children 
  • Remove all flammable materials from vicinity of flame.
  • Do not burn candles in a draft, near a fan or any air current.
  • A candle container can become very hot when in use. Always place candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface non-flammable surface.
  • Always use a snuffer to extinguish the flame to prevent wax from spattering.
  • Do not burn a  candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/4” of wax remains in the container.
  • NoHo Candles cleans up easily with just soap and water. If you happen to spill any melted wax, simply clean up with warm, soapy water. Once the candle has completely burned through, we encourage you to recycle or repurpose  the container.