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Candle Care 101

If you're anything like us, you're candle obsessed. It's okay, we're a welcoming group of little flame lovers. But when it comes to caring for these lit up beauties, how much do you really know?

Of course, attention is key when it comes to an open flame, but there's a bit more than meets the eye to keeping your candle burning at it's best.  We've gathered our tips and tricks of the trade to help you make your favorite Apotheke candles last and last.

 1. First and foremost. Trim. Your. Wicks.

We know when you want to light up your Sea Salt Grapefruit candle, you want to smell that sweet citrus scent, and you want it now! But taking a moment to trim that wick to 1/8" is going to help your candle burn a little bit slower and a little bit longer. Make sure you're doing this when the candle wax is solid, right before you light it. Discard those trimming in the trash and make sure none land in the glass! Those little flammable dots need to be kicked out for good.

 2. Always let your first melt burn for 3-4 hours (until the wax reaches the edge)

You're gonna want to light your candle up all the time, day or night. However, you should keep Apotheke candles lit for at least 3 hours (however long it takes to melt to the edge completely) every time you burn it to prevent tunneling. If you don't, you run the risk of burning straight down the center of the candle and missing out on precious hours of fabulous fragrance.

3.  That being said, don't burn your candle for too long either!

5-6 hours is plenty of time to fill your home with the scents you love. Any longer and your candle may get too hot and the wick may get too long. Put that flame out and let your candle solidify before trimming and lighting again.

4. Once there's less than 1/4" of wax left in the glass it's time to let go.

Industry standard safety measures suggest not burning any candle all the way to the bottom of the vessel, and Apotheke is no different. We know, it's hard to come to terms with losing your favorite scent, but consider it an opportunity to give something new a try (have you seen our newest, Rosebud Oud? Holy Florals!) Of course, you could always re-kindle your love of the classics like Woods or Bamboo.

It may seem like a lot for candle care, but trust us, these little tips are going to make you and your wax happy :) 


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