Candle Care and Maintenance


  • The general rules of candle safety are burn within sight, keep the candle away from things that can catch fire and keep away from children and pets.

  • Avoid drafty areas and do not move your candle while lit, and burn only on level, heat resistant surfaces.

  • The industry standard for keeping a candle lit is for no longer than 4 hours at a time. So, please make sure before leaving the house or going to sleep, your candles have been extinguished.

  • Did you know the first burn of your candle is the most important of its life? Please schedule for and allow enough time for the melted wax to reach as close to the edges of your vessel as possible. Creating this "melt pool" may take a few hours, depending on the width of your vessel. If this is not accomplished on the first burn, your candle has now created a "memory" and will only burn down its created "tunnel" on its subsequent burns.

  • A short, maintained wick will help to lenghten the life of your candle, minimize the chance of soot production and keep your vessel from getting too hot. Additionally, during a burn, it may be necessary to extinguish, cool and trim before re-lighting.

  • Have you ever used a wick trimmer? This is a wonderful tool that ensures your wick is the proper length for an even and cool burn and keeps the area surrounding your wick clean of any debris at the time of trimming. We sell wick trimmers!

  • Do you generally blow out your candles to extinguish them? Did you know using a wick dipper will help to minimize the unsightly smoke that can be created from blowing out a candle? Also, this candle maintenance tool can ensure the wax remains contained within your vessel, and not blown onto surrounding surfaces, or you!

  • We know you want to get the most out of your Jamcat Candles, and we want that for you too, but you should end use of your candles when 1/2" (approximately 1 cm) of wax remains. Exposing the vessel to increased heat with little to no wax remaining could cause it to get too hot!

  • We pride ourselves on finding unique vessels for you to use and enjoy long after your candle's life. It is an added bonus to purchasing from Jamcat Candles!! In cleaning out your vessel, please do not pour any wax down your drains. Hot, soapy water will clean the inside of your vessel to prepare it for its next use and new life!