Candle Care 101

Ensuring your scented candles stay looking and smelling great, requires a little bit of care, but you will be rewarded with beautiful candles that burn evenly and without smoke.


Here’s our guide to getting the most out of your Common Sense candle…


Before Burning:

  • Prior to burning your candle, trim the wick at least ¼ inch.

  • Keep the pool of wax free of wick trimmings and any debris at all times

  • Place the candle on a stable, heat-resistant surface. to prevent possible heat damage to counters and table surfaces,

  • Burn for 2-3 hours each time you light the candle to ensure it burns evenly, and remember to trim wicks before each burn.


While Burning:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended or lit while sleeping.

  • Never touch or move a burning candle, or if the wax is liquified.

  • Don’t burn all the way down. For safety measures, stop burning a candle when there is ¼ inch of wax left in the vessel.

  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Before re-lighting, let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts

  • Do not burn for more than 4 hours at a time. If you burn a candle longer than 4 hours, the scent throw could be reduced, and the candle wick will likely mushroom due to the excessive carbon buildup. When a wick mushrooms, it becomes unstable, and the flame will grow very high. Another thing to consider is that the wax will become too hot and could risk exploding the container.


When Extinguishing:

  • Use a Common Sense candle snuffer to extinguish a candle, if available, as it’s the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.

  • Do not use water to extinguish a candle, this can cause the hot wax to splatter and could break a glass container.

  • Before leaving the room, make sure your candle is completely out and there is no glow coming from the wick ember.