Candle Care

Wick Care

Some wicks are designed to curl and should self-trim as the candle burns. A curling wick may cause an uneven burn when one side of the candle needs more flame to consume the wax evenly. You can use a metal tool to redirect a curled or angled wick in the opposite direction. To prevent wick breakage when doing this, the wick must be warm/soft while moving. Be sure to nudge the wick below the level of the molten wax pool where the wick is not charred and thus stronger. It is also recommended that this is completed right after the flame has been extinguished or very carefully while lit.

Wicks may clog, which can cause a curling wick that may not self-trim as expected. This will lead to excessive flame and can cause a safety hazard. If the wick is not self-trimming, or curling, causing smoke and excess flame, extinguish the candle and trim the wick to ¼". Wait until the candle is completely cooled before re-lighting.


Wick may curl/flop into the wax pool and self-extinguish. If noticed while the candle is still warm the wick may be carefully lifted and straightened with a metal tool. If the candle cools and hardens the candle may still be saved. Carefully warm the area around the wick until the wax and wick softens. When soft the wick may be gently lifted and straightened with a metal tool. If the wax and wick are not soft enough the wick will break and more wax will need to be melted out to expose ¼" of wick to re-light the candle.


An efficiently burning wick should be free of excess carbon buildup. If carbon build-up is present it can increase the risk of a blowout and drips as well as causing soot and smoke. Gently extinguish the candle and then trim the wick to remove the carbon buildup. Remove any carbon debris from the wax pool before allowing the candle to cool.