Did you know that there are some hard and fast best practices when it comes to burning your candle? Plumes of black smoke, super-tall flames, an uneven wax pool, and soot marks on vessels are easily avoided and, with a little tender love and care, you can make sure your Nette candle burns cleanly for its whole life.
First thing’s first, you’ve got to trim your wick! The ideal height for any candle wick is about ⅛-¼ inch above the wax. Snip away — this step will help your candle burn more efficiently. You’ll also avoid the dreaded mushrooming, an aptly named phenomenon that describes when a candle’s wax doesn’t burn as quickly as the wick, leading to a buildup of carbon particles on the wick that can start to resemble a toadstool. Mushrooming can lead to excess soot in your vessel (which is pretty devastating when they’re as beautiful as ours) and smoke in your home.
When your wick is ready, it’s time to start the fire! We use our custom Nette lighters (will be hyperlinked) to light our candles, of course. The first time you burn any candle is the most important thanks to a little thing called wax memory. Be sure to burn your candle until the entire surface of the wax has melted and you’ll avoid annoying tunneling and memory rings. Usually, this takes 3-4 hours, so sit back, relax and take good care during that inaugural burn.
As with all things in life, you’ve got to know when to stop. Keep your burn to about four hours at a time. This will prevent your candle from getting too hot and ensure that your future burns are clean as can be. When it’s time to extinguish your candle, we recommend using a snuffer — blowing a candle out too forcefully can result in wax spray and excess smoke in your home. No, thank you!
Once your candle has only about ½ inch of wax left in the vessel, it’s time to retire it, clean out the wax (see more on that here!), and order your next Nette candle.