Candle Usage Guide

The proper way to use and maintain a candle - featuring a wooden wick.

Candle Usage - Please Follow these Safety Precautions

Before Lighting

**We've trimmed your wick to the correct length for your first burn** 

· Always Trim the wick to 1/8” each time before burning.

· Avoid placing candles around drafts, vents, or air currents.

· Place candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface away from anything flammable.

During Use

· Never leave a burning candle unattended.

· Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.

· Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

· Do not burn candles for more than 2-4 hours at a time.

Extinguishing Candles

· Use a candle extinguisher if possible, or gently blow the flame out.

· Never use water to extinguish a candle!

· Always make sure the candle is completely extinguished.

· Make sure wick embers are no longer glowing before leaving room.

· Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.

· Never burn a candle all the way down; discontinue burning when there is 2 inches of wax remaining.

Candle 101 - Information Related to Candle Performance

The following information and candle usage will enable you to maximize your candle enjoyment. 

Your Candle Purchase: When you purchase a Lotus Candle, the wick is already trimmed at the correct height; no need to trim the wick.

First time use: The first time you light your candle, let it burn long enough so that the whole top layer of wax becomes liquid. This is known as a “melt pool”. This could take several hours, usually 2 hours, depending on the size of the candle. Not doing this might cause the candle to burn unevenly and tunnel (when only the wax near the wick melts and leaves a ring of hard wax on the inside of the container).

Trimming candle wicks: It’s important to trim a candle wick to 1/8” before each burn (Just remove the burnt part). By doing this, you will get the optimal burn time over the life of your candle. The trimming of the wick not only helps with burn time, but it also ensures you don’t get any residue or soot from your wick.

Candle smell: We all have a different sense of smell – what is strong to me – may not be strong to you and vice versa. Fragrance Oils will vary in strength. Price does not always indicate whether the fragrance oil is strong or not. Some scents are simply meant to be light even though they will produce a very nice scent throw. 

Room size and Candle size: Be realistic about your expectations on how large of an area you want your candle to scent? What size is your candle? What size is the room you want to scent? For example, an 8-oz. scented candle will not scent a room that’s 20 x 20 feet!

Average Burn Times

There are many factors that affect burn time such as drafts, fragrances, wax, wicks, etc. The following are approximate times.


   6.5 oz: 35 - 50 hours

12.5 oz: 65 - 90 hours 

Glass Jars: 

10 oz: 50 - 75 hours 

16 oz: 80 - 115 hours