Candle Care & Safety

Candle Care 101

If you're anything like me, you're candle obsessed!  But when it comes to caring for these lit up beauties, how much do you really know? View your candle as an investment.  Candles have now become home decor and scents accessories to our lives. Proper care and a little love go along way!

Of course, attention is key when it comes to an open flame, but there's a bit more than meets the eye to keeping your candle burning at it's best, and safely.  I've listed a few tips and tricks of the trade to help you make your favorite Moonchild candle last and last.

 1. Always let your first burn last 3-4 hours (until the pooling wax reaches the edge of the glass).

The first time you light up a new candle, let it burn for a couple hours until the pool of wax reaches the edge of the glass. If you don't, you run the risk of burning straight down the center of the candle and missing out on precious hours of fabulous fragrance.

2. Trim your wick before EACH burn.

I know when you want to light up your candle, you want to smell that wonderful scent, and you want it now! But taking a moment to trim that wick to 1/8" is going to help your candle burn a little bit slower and a little bit longer. Make sure you're doing this when the candle wax is solid, right before you light it. Discard those trimming in the trash and make sure none land in the glass! 

3. Recenter Your Wick.

After you blow your candle out, let it cool and check the wick. Gently guide it back towards the center, as candle wicks tend to wiggle around and get out of place. If it gets too close to the glass, it can cause the vessel to heat up and crack, which wont be fun for you or your nice coffee table. Plus, the straighter the wick, the longer the burn time!

4. That being said, don't burn your candle for too long either!

5-6 hours is plenty of time to fill your home with the scents you love. Any longer and your candle may get too hot and the wick may get too long. Put that flame out and let your candle solidify before trimming and lighting again.

5. Burn in a safe environment.

Place your candles on non-flammable, heat resistant surfaces and never leave a burning candle unattended or around children. Also be aware that placing a hot candle on a cool surface like marble or glass may cause the vessel to crack. 

6. Once there's less than 1/4" of wax left in the glass, it's time to let go.

Industry standard safety measures suggest not burning any candle all the way to the bottom of the vessel, and Moonchild brand is no different. I know, it's hard to come to terms with losing your favorite scent, but consider it an opportunity to give something new a try. 

It may seem like a lot for candle care, but trust me, these little tips are going to make you and your soy wax candle happy :) 


  1. Always keep a burning candle within sight
  2. Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire
  3. Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets
  4. Always use a candleholder or vessel specifically designed for the heat of candle use
  5. Always burn candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface
  6. Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris
  7. Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents
  8. Do not burn a candle all the way down (leave 2” for pillars or ½” for containers)
  9. Never touch or move a burning candle.
  10. Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another.
  11. Use a snuffer to extinguish a candle.
  12. Never extinguish candles with water - oil and water DON’T mix!
  13. Extinguish a candle if it repeatedly smokes or the flame becomes too high
  14. Never use a candle as a night light
  15. Never burn a candle longer than 4 hours
  16. Do not leave burning candles unattended