Prairie Comfort Collection: Candle Care

When becoming chandlers (yes, that's a thing!) our goal was to make the cleanest burning, longest lasting, strongest scent throwing, deliciously blended candles to transform any space into your own scent-sational paradise! 

Which is why we decided to use 100% soy wax. It is the cleanest burning (noted by the minimal soot produced) and doesn’t emit any nasty toxins making it the most environmentally friendly wax option. It also has a lower melting point than the traditional paraffin wax, meaning it will burn cooler and last longer - and won’t burn you (or a child) in a spill! 

We also tested different wick types, thickness and spacing for candle longevity, and learned, tested and perfected the best pouring and mixing practices to ensure a strong scent is consistently thrown when lit. 

But that’s only half of what’s necessary to get the most out of your Prairie Comfort Collection Candle. The rest depends on how it’s burned :) 

So we’ve put together a list of best practices so you get the most out of your little heavenly glow! 

The First Burn: 

The first time burning your new Prairie Comfort Collection candle - is the most important!

Did you know that candles have a wax memory? This means that your candle “remembers” where it is burnt up to on that first burn and will only ever burn up to the point it was last extinguished. This is why the first burn is the most important. ... If you do not let your candle burn all the way to the edges, then a memory ring will form and the next time you burn your candle it will only ever burn up to the memory ring - never past it. This causes tunnelling which wastes a lot of wax and vastly decreases your candles lifespan. 

The amount of time it takes really depends on the size of the candle. After you've established a good consistent melt pool in the first burn you won't have to burn your candle to the edge every time you light it. 

Wick Trimming:

Untrimmed wicks can also lead to tunnelling because the wick becomes too hot and burns too fast. Before each burn be sure to trim your wick to ⅛” or 5mm to control the flame height, burn time, and ensure an even and clean burn. 

Candle Placement: 

Seems pretty straight forward and common sense, but placing your candle in a non-draughty area will encourage an even burn and maximize your candles lifespan.  


Heat Control:

Did your candle burn out when there's still wax left in the bottom? This is a safety feature built into the wicks to help control the heat within the container and avoid the glass from cracking. If there is quite a bit wax left that you'd still like to burn, simply follow the instructions on the Soy Wax Refill Pouches page on how to safely and effectively melt and re-use your wax. 


Candle Safety: 

  • ALWAYS keep candles away from overhanging objects
  • ALWAYS place your candle on a heat resistant and stable surface when in use
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended or around children and pets.

*The Prairie Mercantile is not responsible for poorly burned candles.



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