Ultimate Candle Care Guide for Hand Poured Soy Wax Candles | Salt & Shea

Welcome to Salt & Shea, your go-to destination for artisanal hand-poured soy wax candles. Uncover the secrets to maximizing your candle's lifespan and creating a safe, delightful ambiance with our comprehensive candle care guide.

  1. Trimming Wicks:

    • Trim your wick to 1/4 inch before each burn to ensure a clean, smoke-free experience.
  2. First Burn:

    • Initiate a 2-3 hour burn during the first use to establish a full melt pool, to maximizing your candle's overall longevity.
  3. Subsequent Burns:

    • Optimal burn times range between 2-4 hours for the best performance.
    • Monitor the flame; if it's too high or flickering excessively, extinguish and trim the wick.
  4. Candle Placement:

    • Safely place candles on heat-resistant surfaces away from drafts to prevent uneven burning.
    • Keep candles away from flammable objects and never leave them unattended.
  5. Extinguishing the Candle:

    • Use a snuffer or gently blow on the flame to extinguish, avoiding wax splatter.
    • Keep in mind that blowing directly onto the wax may cause splattering.
  6. Avoid Tunneling:

    • Prevent tunneling by allowing the entire surface to melt during each burn.
    • This ensures an even burn and extends the life of your candle.
  7. Storing Candles:

    • Store candles in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures.
  8. Candle Safety:

    • Ensure candles are out of reach of children and pets.
    • Do not move candles while they are burning or if the wax is hot.


Q: Why is my candle producing black smoke? A: Black smoke may indicate a wick that is too long. Trim it to 1/4 inch before relighting.

Q: Can I relight a candle that has tunneled? A: Yes, you can, but it's recommended to correct tunneling by allowing the entire surface to melt during subsequent burns.

Q: Is it normal for the candle jar to become hot? A: It's normal for the jar to become warm during prolonged burning. Handle with care.

Q: How can I remove wax residue from the jar? A: After the candle is finished, place the jar in the freezer for a few hours to shrink the wax, making it easy to pop out.

For a curated selection of our hand-poured soy wax candles, explore our exclusive collection here. Elevate your space with the enchanting scents from Salt & Shea.

If you have any questions, our customer support team is here to assist you.

Happy burning! 

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