Candle Care & Safety

We want to address some general usage and best practices you should keep in mind before you light your next candle. 

Trim the Wick. 

To get maximum burn time from any candle the first burn is the most important and should only start after the wick has been trimmed.  For our GYV Light Collection, we recommend trimming the wick as short as possible.  After 2 to 3 hours of burn time, the candle will become an even pool of melted wax.  Too long of a wick, especially over time, will create smoke and a black ring of soot around the container.  If you don’t have wick trimmers we suggest visiting to find the right pair for you.


Keep your candle on an even, heat resistant surface.  I always use my barro holders but whatever you use to keep it in a safe place away from children and pets.  You should also avoid putting a candle near a draft, the air turbulence will make the candle smoke. 

Don’t Move Hot Wax.  

It seems a little obvious, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that beautiful glow is HOT.  Moving the candle when the flame is on or there is melted wax is extremely dangerous and could make a mess, or worse, burn your skin.  If you want to move the candle blow out the flame and let the candle cool.  Better safe than covered in wax.      

Watch Your Candle. 

This last one should go without saying but according to the National Candle Association, “[n]early 10,000 residential fires are caused each year by the careless or inappropriate use of candles.” More than half of these fires were due to combustible material left too close to the candle.  Please watch your candles and keep it away from flammable and/or combustible material.

For more information on candle care and safety, you can visit the National Candle Association at