Candle Care

Beeswax is not only better, but also a little different than other waxes. 


How do I properly burn a Zax Beeswax Mason Jar Candle?

Ensure that your candle is placed away from pets, flammable items, and drafts.  Before each lighting of your Mason Jar Candle, trim the wick to ¼” long. Once lit, allow a full wax pool to form that covers the top of the candle before extinguishing. Burning in this manner will prevent the candle from burning a hole down the center (tunneling) and keep wax off the side of the mason jar.  If there is a carbon build up (resembles a little black mushroom at the top of the wick) or black smoke (soot) then extinguish the candle, cut the wick, and re-light. Our Wick Trimmers are made for this purpose!

When extinguishing the candle, either dip the wick into the wax pool or gently blow it out. Our Wick Dippers work great for this purpose.

How do I properly burn a Pillar candle?

Ensure that your candle is placed away from pets, flammable items, and drafts. Pillar Candles must be burned on a heat and flame resistant plate or inside a container specifically designed to burn pillar candles. Before lighting your Pillar Candle, trim the wick to ¼” long. For full wax consumption, let a wax pool form to the outer edge of the candle by allowing the pillar to burn for at least 4 hours each time you light it. Burning the candle for at least 4 hours will prevent your Beeswax Pillar Candle from burning a hole down the center, otherwise known as tunneling. As the Pillar burns down, you can fold the edges into the wax pool for an even burn.  If there is a carbon build up (build up that resembles a little black mushroom), extinguish the candle, cut the wick, and re-light. Our Wick Trimmers are made for this purpose!

When extinguishing the candle, dip the wick into the wax pool. Our Wick Dippers work great for this.

How do I properly burn natural beeswax Taper Candles (Candlesticks)?

Taper Candles should tight in a secure taper candle (candlestick) holder. Taper candle wicks should be trimmed to a 1/2 inch.  There should be a slight curve to the wick when your taper candle is burning.  If a carbon (build up that resembles a little black mushroom) develops on the tip of the wick, extinguish the candle, trim the wick, and relight. Normally natural beeswax candles are drip less, however all candles are sensitive to drafts and therefore should be kept out of drafty areas. When a candle flame is exposed to a draft, it may start to flicker. If your candle drips, extinguish, remove the candle from the draft and relight.  Forced air furnaces, ceiling fans and quick movements around the candle all create draft. 

Extinguish the flame of your candle before it comes in contact with your holder as the heat may crack glass holders. 

How do I properly burn a natural beeswax Votive candle?

Ensure that your candle is placed away from pets, flammable items, and drafts.  Votive candles should be burned in a cup or container specifically designed for votive candles as they  are designed to fully liquefy. Candles in glass cups require special attention. Choose an appropriate holder, as the thickness of the glass cup will affect the quality of the burn.  Remember that beeswax candles burn hotter than other waxes.  Thick holders draw heat away from the Votive and may cause an incomplete burn. The wicks of our Votive candles should be cut to 1/4 inch prior to each burning. Placing the votive container in the freezer after the candle had completely burned will make it easier to remove any remaining wax. We recommend using a butter knife to pry away the cold wax. 

How do I properly burn natural beeswax Tea light candles?

Ensure that your candle is placed away from pets, flammable items, and drafts. Tealight candles must be burned in the tea light cups provided or other cups made specifically for them to burn. Just like any other candle, you should cut the wick to 1/4 inch prior to lighting.  Tealight candles will fully liquefy, will burn approximately 4 hours, and should be allowed to burn in their entirety after lighting.  If you choose to extinguish the candle it may not relight, or burn improperly if less than half the wax remains. Thick candle holders draw the heat away from the Tealight and you may cause an incomplete burn. Burning Beeswax tea lights without an approved tea light holder may cause the plastic to burn, the candle to burn too hot, and is considered a fire hazard. 

How often should I trim the wick on my natural beeswax candle?

Most of our beeswax candles require the wick to be trimmed prior to lighting. This includes our Votive, Pillar, Tea Light and Mason Jar Candles. The wick of the candle should be trimmed to 1/4 inch each prior to each burn. If the flame on the candle is flickering and moving back and forth a lot, the wick should be trimmed. You may see carbon build up on the wick which looks like a small mushroom. If this occurs, extinguish the candle, cut the wick to 1/4 inch, and relight. 

For candles burned in a container such as a votive cup, the flame may get too large for the oxygen supply. This will cause flickering and may cause sooting (small black specs) due to incomplete combustion. Extinguish the flame, trim the wick, and relight. 


What is the best way to extinguish my candle?

For pillar candles, our beeswax mason jar candles, and larger diameter candles simply dunk the wick into the melted wax and straighten, making sure to center it for an even burn. We sell the highest quality Wickman brand wick dippers for this purpose.  This eliminates smoking and guarantees an easy relight. Taper candles and Votive Candles should be snuffed out with a smokeless snuffer. Tea Light candles should be burned in their entirety; but if you do decide to extinguish the candle you can just blow it out gently.