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Caring For Your Candles

We're so excited for you to revel in the joy from our candles! When you inhale the amazing aroma from an Elm Design candle we want you to have the best experience, may that be comfort, peace, or pure delight! And we want you to be able to enjoy your product for as long and safely as possible. For the most effective way to do this, please follow our candle care tips below.

Candle Care

Before Burning

Trim wick to 1/4 of an inch before each burn to promote an even burn, steady flame, limit soot and mushrooming of the wick.

While Burning

  1. When lighting for the first time, burn the candle until wax melts across the entire surface to the sides of the vessel. This prevents tunneling and creates an even burn for the duration of the candle's life. This may take up to 2-4 hours.
  2. To preserve the fragrance, do not burn your candle more than 4-6 hours at a time.
  3. Don't burn your candle all the way down to the bottom. For safety measures stop burning your candle when there is 1/4 inch of wax left in the bottom of the vessel.
  4. Extinguish a candle if it smokes, or the flame becomes too high. These signs indicate the candle is not burning properly and the flame isn't controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and then check for drafts before re-lighting.


Extinguish your candle with a snuffer. Using a snuffer is the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.


Always store your candles in a cool, dark and dry place. Avoid placing your candles where they will be directly exposed to sunlight or harsh indoor lighting.

Safety Guidelines For Candles

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. 
  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
  • Always light candles in a draft-free area. 
  • Please keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Always place candles on a non-flammable, sturdy surface or holder to protect your surfaces from heat. 
  • Don't move any candle that is burning, as the wax could spill and cause severe burns.