Caring for your Candle

The Art of Burning Soy Wax Candles

Our candles are carefully made by hand to ensure their quality and beauty, and with a little TLC, your candle will last longer, burn cleaner and release their beautiful scent consistently. To fully enjoy your candle and preserve its lifetime, a specific burning protocol must be followed. In order to guarantee optimal use,  Atelier 38 recommends that you follow the safety instructions and guidance provided.

Burning Instructions

When lighting your candle for the first time it is important to wait for the whole surface of your candle to fully melt into an even pool right up to the edges of the bowl, before extinguishing. This will prevent tunnelling and the formation of craters, which are both aesthetically displeasing and can affect future burning.

The very first time you light your candle should be for longer than any following times. Please allow enough time so that the entire surface may liquify, how long this takes will depend upon the size of your candle, our smallest size will be approx. 2-3 hours, and our largest 7 wick candle may be up to 6 hours.

During Burning

Do not exceed one hour of burning once the whole surface is liquid. Never burn the last 1cm of wax at the end of the candles life to avoid flames burning against the glass. A flame burning against the glass may cause the glass to break. After the first initial longer burn, it is recommended not to burn your candle for longer than 4 hours, or less than 1 hour, at a time. Never leave a burning candle unattended.

After Burning

Before the wax becomes totally solid, reposition the wicks vertically to their initial place. Regularly clean the inside of the candle to avoid the appearance of soot or dust. Allow your candle to fully solidify before re-lighting and always protect the surface on which the candle rests.

Trimming the Wicks

Keeping the wicks trimmed is key to maintaining your candles burn and longevity, and the clear golden wax pool. Using a candle wick trimmer or small sharp scissors, carefully cut, capture and remove the tops of each wick once cold, leaving approx. 6mm of wick for the next use.