Best Use & Maintenance

If you’re anything like us, there’s nothing better than firing up a brand-new candle for the first time, especially a favorite. With that in mind, we want to help you get the most out of your Diamond Elm candle. Here are some best use and maintenance tips for increasing your candle’s lifespan and ensuring high quality throughout.

Melt Pool

Besides burning for longer, soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax. This means it may take a little longer to achieve a melt pool. Ideally, you always want to allow enough time for a full melt pool, which occurs when the liquid wax reaches all the way to the candle jar, melting the entire surface. This will prevent uneven burning and help to keep your wick from tunneling into the wax.

Achieving a full melt pool. Candle Timelapse.

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Wick Trimming

The ideal size for a candle wick is around a quarter of an inch (1/4”). You will want to trim the wick to this length before lighting your candle. This helps ensure an even burn and prevent soot buildup around your candle jar. Mushrooming or curling can occur with natural wicks. If you see this, think of it as a reminder to trim your wick. Trimming will help the wick to stand straight and rigid throughout its entire use. 

When you go to trim your wick, make sure your candle has cooled completely. Usually, the right amount to take off is what comes off easily by pinching the blackened wick between your fingers. If you want to keep your fingers and scissors clean, or just want an easier reach into your candle jar, consider using a wick trimmer. Throw the blackened excess wick away, being careful not to drop it in the wax. And there you go, all set for the next use!