Candle Care and Safety

Candles in the home are now getting a more and more popular way to add relaxation to our homes which has seen a large increase in the number of candle related incidents.

In the year 2000 alone, there were over 2,000 house fires due to candles. As a result, 10 people died and over 900 were injured.

As the sales of candles has gone up by 50% this year, this trend is unfortunately going to continue unless people are educated as to the dangers of candles and the damage they can cause.Candles mark special occasions and create a special atmosphere. They also bring fire into your home. So treat them carefully.

Candle Care Including Wooden Wicked

When a Belisama EcoSoya® Wax candle leaves us and arrives with you, we are no longer in control of how it will be burned or cared for…you are! Again, we do our absolute best to make an excellent, safe candle, but now it is up to you to give it a full life and take special care of the environment where it will be burned. So, please follow these helpful suggestions to combine our efforts in giving you the best candle experience possible

CREATE A BURN MEMORY
  • When lighting a soy candle for the first time,allow the wax to melt all the way to the sides of the container.
  • The first burn of the candle should last as long as it takes to reach all the way to the edges of the container.
  • This will give you maximum fragrance and an even burn. If you do not allow the wax to pool on the first burn you may get wax remaining along the sides of your container.
TRIM THE WICK
  • Soy wax does not burn as hot as paraffin wax, so soy wax candles require a thicker wick, which does not burn 100% and needs to be trimmed regularly.
  • Always trim your wick to about 6-8 mm before you re-light your candle. This will ensure a long lasting candle, minimize soot and remove any mushrooming of the wick left from the previous burn. But be sure not to over trim your wick as you may not be able to re-light your candle.
  • If you do not trim the wick regularly, if the candle is in a draft or is left to burn too long you may get a “mushroom” of carbon on the end of the wick. This may cause some soot to collect on the inside of the container. If this happens, extinguish your candle, wait for it to cool, trim the wick, wipe off the carbon marks with a clean damp cloth and re-light.
APPEARANCE
  • Please remember the candles are hand poured, not mass produced. Although all effort is made to ensure consistency, every candle will be different.
  • When using completely natural soy wax, sometimes you may notice darker patches or wet spots in your container candles. This is not a fault, simply a small blemish where the wax has not adhered to the glass 100%. This does not effect the candle in any way.
  • The top of your candle may also appear slightly uneven, this is also a sign of natural soy wax being hand poured.
  • As our candles are made from EcoSoya® Wax and we use good quality cotton wicks and wooden wicks, a layer of the wax will melt at the base of the flame and display a two tone colouration. This is perfectly normal and helps “launch” the scent into the room. This is a mark of a good candle. When you extinguish your candle, the melted layer of wax will solidify as before.
WOODEN WICK CANDLES
  • As the wick is made from natural organic wood it can at times be more stubborn to ignite, this could be down to excess moisture in the air and simple things like change in temperature.
  • However if the wood has not been kiln dried to the correct humidity it may cause burning problems.
  • Be patient and should problems persist please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Do’s and Dont’s
  • Always put candles on a heat resistant surface. Be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic. TVs are not fire-resistant objects.
  • Put them in a proper holder. Candles need to be held firmly upright by the holder so they won’t fall over. The holder needs to be stable too, so it won’t fall over either.
  • Position them away from curtains. Don’t put candles near curtains or other fabrics – or furniture. And keep them out of draughts.
  • Don’t put them under shelves. It’s easy to forget that there’s a lot of heat above a burning candle. If you put it under a shelf or other surface then it can burn the surface. Make sure there’s at least three feet (one metre) between a candle and any surface above it.
  • Keep clothes and hair away. If there’s any chance you could lean across a candle and forget it’s there, put it somewhere else. You don’t want to set fire to your clothes or your hair.
  • Keep children and pets away. Candles should be out of reach of children and pets.
  • Keep candles apart. Leave at least four inches (10cm) between two burning candles.
  • Take care with votive or scented candles. These kinds of candles turn to liquid to release their fragrance, so put them in a glass or metal holder.
  • Don’t move them when they’re burning. Extinguish candles before moving them. Also, don’t let anything fall into the hot wax like match sticks.
  • Don’t leave them burning. Extinguish candles before you leave a room. Never go to sleep with a candle still burning. And never leave a burning candle or oil burner in a child’s bedroom.
  • Use a snuffer or a spoon to put them out. It’s safer than blowing them, which can send sparks and hot wax flying.
  • Double-check they’re out. Candles that have been put out can go on smouldering and start a fire. Make sure they’re completely out.