Our guide on how to burn and extend the life of your favourite Yatri candle. Get the most out of your soy candles by following these instructions.
The first burn is the most important
Once you light the candle you must allow the wax to liquefy or to melt from edge to edge of the container otherwise it will create a ‘memory ring’. Once a candle has a ‘memory ring’, it will continue to tunnel throughout the life of the candle. Candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size.
Burning a candle for too long will cause carbon to collect on the wick, leading it to “mushroom.” The wick will then become unstable and produce a dangerously large flame. Plus, your candle will start to smoke and release soot. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.
Always trim the wick and check for debris
To prolong the life of your candle you must always trim the wick to ¼ inch before you light a candle. Do not leave any debris such as wick trimmings, dust or matches in the wax pool. The debris will only add more fuel to the candle than it’s designed to handle, and there will be more chances for the flame to flare up and even start a small fire.
Wicks that are left long or crooked will lead to uneven burning, flaring and shooting. Your candles will burn up to 25% longer if you trim the wick every couple of hour of use.
Our candle wick is made out of cotton and after every use, it is important to position the wick straight up to its original position before the melted wax dries up. It will be difficult to light candles with a crooked wick that has melted with the wax.
How to extinguish a candle
Do not blow out the candle. Extinguish it with a snuffer, jar cap or dip the wick into the melted wax and then straighten and centre the wick to the original position.
How to tell if your candle is burning properly
Efficient burning means the flame is upright, teardrop-shaped and not flickering. Extinguish the candle if it smokes, flickers or the flame becomes too high. These signs indicate the candle is not burning properly and the flame isn’t controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick and check for debris before re-lighting.
Maximise your scent throw
Keep windows and doors closed and burn in the desired space for 30 mins before entering. To lessen the concentration, open windows and doors to disperse the scent.
Store your candles properly
Avoid placing your candles where they will be exposed to direct sunlight or harsh indoor lighting. Always store candles in a cool, dark and dry place with the lid on to keep them clean of dust and debris, and to help protect the wax and fragrance. If you enjoy scented candles, then use and replace them often to avoid deterioration in appearance and performance.
We are committed to sustainability in how we manufacture our candles. We want to offer an easy way to re-purpose your used candle jars that are sitting empty. Sign up for our Candle Refill Program.