Since you have decided to buy a Sanari candle, you obviously value quality, sustainability, and luxury. You have probably agonized over choosing a scent or scents that compliment your lifestyle, and with good reason. With so many sophisticated choices, settling for just one or two can be a challenging proposition. After all that consideration, you are going to want to get the most and best use of your candle. Simple maintenance can extend the life and quality of your candle, and since Sanari candles are already so superior to most other candles out there, these few easy steps are worth the minimum effort they take to perform.
1. First Burn, Burn right. Candle maintenance begins when you first burn your new candle. Don’t make the mistake of lighting a candle for 15 minutes to scent a room, and then blowing it out. This can cause something called “tunneling”, when a ring of hard, unmelted wax forms around the outside of your candle. Essentially, you will be wasting all that carefully blended artisan wax along the sides of the Sanari glass vessel. That is a LOT of candle to leave unused. Burn your candle until the wax melts across the entire surface, including the sides of the vessel. This can take 1-4 hours, depending on the size of the candle, but if you don’t take this important first step, your candle is unlikely to burn beyond that tunnel pattern for the life of the candle.
2. Trim your wicks correctly. Leaving a wick long, as when it is first purchased, will make for a dirty burn -- soot and sparks will fall into the candle, completely altering the scent and intent of your Sanari candle -- intended to be a clean, non-toxic experience. This can also make the wick too hot and even dangerous, possibly damaging your candle. Most experts suggest keeping your wick to approximately 6mm/ ¼ inch in length to avoid mushrooming which leads to more soot in the candle. Using a quality wick trimmer can assist with this.
3. Burn Safely. This one just seems like common sense, but it needs to be expressed anyway. Only burn candles on heat resistant surfaces, out of direct sunlight, and away from drafts.
4. Leave the last half inch, save the vessel. This is a rule of thumb followed by all candle enthusiasts. If you burn the candle to the very end, you risk the vessel getting too hot and possibly getting damaged. This is particularly important for candles like the Sanari ones, as they are cradled in food safe wine glasses. One useful tip is to let the candle burn until that last half inch, blow out the flame, wait for the candle to completely cool and solidify, and then pop it in the freezer. After 24 hours, you can pop out the unused wax, wash the glass with mild detergent, pour the wine (or sparkling cider), and enjoy!