Votive candles liquefy while burning and therefore should always be used in an appropriate container. Preferably, the inside of the container should be the same size and shape as the votive candle. (We sell lots of different kinds of these!) Votive containers that are too large let the wax pool away from the wick and shorten the life of the candle. Tealights follow the same principle as votives, but already come in their own little cups. This cup can be burned in a tealight holder. (We sell many varieties of these too!) Remember, the containers will get hot. For maximum safety, place the container on a plate or other heat resistant level surface while the candle is burning.
To be able to easily clean and reuse a votive holder, put approximately 1/4 of a teaspoon of water in the bottom before adding the candle. (Avoid putting more than that.) If the candle is not allowed to burn completely, whatever is remaining will easily pop out after it hardens. If the candle is consumed entirely, simply remove the metal clip before putting another candle (and water) in the holder.
Trim the wick to 1/4" before lighting.
A properly burning wick will bend and be self trimming. Keep in mind that this can cause the candle to temporarily burn faster on the side towards which the wick bends. If it is desired, the wick can be gently pushed towards the more solid side, using an appropriate object. (ie In the proper container, the candle will in time completely clean the sides. Since we have intentionally chosen a very slow burning wick, our votives burn for over 18 hours. In the case of tea-lights, if the wick tab has slid off-center, take a non-flammable item and re-center it while the wax is liquid.
All candles should be allowed to burn until the wax pool reaches the outside rim each time. By blowing the candle out too early, you limit the wax pool to that diameter and shorten the life of the candle. (A votive candle takes approximately 4 hours to pool completely.)
When extinguishing candles, it is cleaner and safer to snuff them out, rather than to blow them out. Hold the snuffer over the flame for enough time to eliminate afterglow. This also preserves the wick and lengthens the burn time of the candle.
It is natural for 100% pure beeswax to develop “bloom” over time. The white bloom that forms is the crystallization of natural oils rising to the candle surface. This in no way affects the quality of the candle. Actually, many people appreciate this aspect and intentionally let their candles “age.” However, if you prefer to restore the original pure golden color, simply rub the candle in your hands.