Tips & Safety

At Agape Candle Company we want you to be as safe as possible when burning your candles.  Therefore, we recommend you follow the instructions below.  Failure to follow instructions could result in fire hazard or injury!

From the National Candle Association:

  • Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep. Be sure the wick ember is no longer glowing.

  • Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

  • Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets.

  • Trim candle wicks to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning and dripping.

  • Always use a sturdy, heat-resistant candle-holder specifically designed for candle use and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

  • Be sure the candle holder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This can help prevent heat damage to underlying surfaces and prevent glass containers from breaking.

  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

  • Always read and follow the manufacturer’s use and safety instructions carefully. Don’t burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommends.

  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow nearby lightweight items into the flame where they could catch fire.

  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don’t burn too many candles in a small room or in a “tight” home where air exchange is limited.

  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.

  • Never touch or move a burning candle or container candle when the wax is liquid.

  • Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.

  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This helps ensure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts to cause improper burning.

  • Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax splatters.

  • Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.

  • Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure.

  • Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes, flickers, or the flame becomes too high.  The candle isn’t burning properly. Cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before relighting.

  • Never use a candle as a night light.

~ FOR BEST PERFORMANCE ~

  • When lighting your candle for the first time, light the wick where the wax meets the wick (on the edge of the wick, not at the top of the wick). After the first burn, you can light it from the top of the wick.

  • After each burn, TRIM YOUR WICK 1/8 of an inch. This step is very vital to the life of your candle.

  • Burn your candle until the wax melts evenly across the container, not to exceed 4 hrs. If the wax is not allowed to liquify or to melt from edge to edge of the container, it will create a “memory ring,” and it will continue to tunnel and burn that way for the life of the candle. If  you are unable to burn the candle for 4 hours upon the first lighting, please re-frame from lighting it at that time.

  • To preserve the fragrance, we recommend burning your candles in 4 hour increments.  

  • Discontinue use when only a 1/2 inch of wax remains at the bottom of the container.

  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room, but away from drafts and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid soot and  flame flare-up.

 

~ TRIMMING THE WICK ~

Trimming your wick is very important to the life and burn of the candle. Trimming the wicks will significantly decrease or eliminate soot and it will ensure that you achieve the maximum burn time of your candle.  When a wick gets too long it cannot draw wax up to the top of the wick. Therefore, the wick starts to burn which will cause soot. If you start to see soot around your candle jars, chances are you are not trimming your wick properly.

Our wicks are centered at the time the candles are created however the wick may shift during the burn. If the wick shifts while burning we do not recommend touching hot wax or the wick however you may attempt to re-center the wick at your own risk.

~ BURN TIME ~

We perform  routine test to ensure the quality and burn times for our candles. However, burn times can vary depending on the placement of your candles, the height of the wick, and if you place your candles near a draft. Draft areas will cause your candle to burn slightly quicker and will cause soot.

  • 8 oz. Candles: 25-40 Hours

  • 10 oz. Candles: 30 - 45 Hours

  • 12 oz. Candles:  Up to 60+ Hours

~ CANDLE PERFORMANCE & ROOM SIZES ~

Some candle lovers receive great results in their open floor plans with just one candle. However, depending on the size and structure of your space, you may need more than one. It is more difficult for one candle to fill an open floor plan since the fragrance has to travel to fill the full space. The further away from the candle in an open floor plan, the less intense it will be. An average size room with four walls will keep the scent inside and allow the fragrance to intensify.

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