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 your candles, 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 its best. 

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

We know when you 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 1/4" 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. Recenter Your Wick.

After you blow your candle out, let it cool and check the wick. Gently guide it back towards the original position, as candle wicks tend to wiggle around and get out of place. If it gets too close to the glass, it can cause the vessel to heat up and crack, which wont be fun for you or your nice coffee table. Plus, the straighter the wick, the longer the burn time! 

 3. Always let your first burn last 3-4 hours (until the pooling wax reaches the edge of the glass).

The first time you light a new candle, let it burn for a couple hours until the pool of wax reaches the edge of the glass. If you don't, you run the risk of burning straight down the center of the candle and missing out on hours of fabulous fragrance.

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

4 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. 

5. Burn in a safe environment.

Place your candles on non-flammable, heat resistant surfaces and never leave a burning candle unattended. Also be aware that placing a hot candle on a cool surface like marble or glass may cause the vessel to crack. 

6. Once there's less than 1/2" of wax left in the glass, it's time to let go.

Industry standard safety standards 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. Of course, you could always re-kindle your love of the classics like Charcoal, or Canvas. 

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


If you have any questions about candle care or believe your APOTHEKE candle is not burning optimally, please reach out to us at 


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