1. Trim the wick of any candle— canister candle, pillar, taper, tealight or votive—to one-quarter inch every time you light the candle. This will ensure clean, smoke-free burning. Be sure to remove any wick debris that has fallen into the candle.
2. If in the unlikely event that your candle is smoking, and you've already trimmed the wick to one-quarter inch, extinguish the candle immediately. Pinch or trim the wick just a bit more and the smoking will stop.
3. Candles need oxygen. If you burn a candle in a small, confined area it will smoke. So consider the size of the room when you arrange your candles.
4. The most effective way to extinguish the flame of a candle is to use a candle snuffer. The snuffer helps prevent the wax from spraying, and keeps the wick centered as well.
5. If you don't have a candle snuffer, we recommend blowing your finger, held close to the flame. In this way the air flows around your finger and the flame to gently extinguish it without disturbing the pool of hot wax that can gather at the base of the wick.
6. To guard your candles against fading, avoid placing them in direct sunlight.
7. Store your candles in a dry, cool, dark place.
8. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
9. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.
10. Always place your candles on sturdy non-flammable holders, in sizes appropriate for the candles. This will not only beautify your candle, it will also prevent candle color and fragrance oil from harming surface it is placed upon.
11. Always light candles in draft-free areas, to prevent dripping and smoking. If a draft cannot be avoided, turn the candle 180 degrees every hour.
12. Never burn a candle completely. Dispose of it when it burns to within one inch of the base or holder.
13. Remember to remove the labels on your candles before you light them.
14. Avoid placing a candle adjacent to a wall or window as soot may form.