Candles: care and safety

We're going to give you some useful tips to help you fully enjoy the light and scent of candles.

So, let's start with the wick. It should always be trimmed to a length of 0.6 cm before each candle is lit. If you notice that the wick is smoking or charring, you need to extinguish the candle, wait for the wax to cool, trim the wick, and the candle can be lit again!

When you light a paraffin or wax candle for the first time, it is important to let it burn until the wax is evenly melted over the entire surface of the candle, right up to the edge. This can take from 1 to 4 hours, depending on the size and material of the candle. Beeswax candles with a diameter of 7-9 cm, it may take a little longer, up to 5 hours. Then extinguish the candle and let it rest. This way, you can avoid the so-called tunnel effect of candle burnout, which makes it difficult to burn the candle in the future.

It is common for everyone to blow out a candle. But in reality, you shouldn't do this. In order to extinguish a candle, we recommend using special extinguishers or covering the candle with a lid: oxygen will stop flowing and the candle will go out. This way, you can prevent the wick from smoldering, which gives off an unpleasant odor when you blow out the candle. Also, never use water to extinguish a candle.

If you have purchased a candle in a ceramic- or glass form and it has been giving you light and fragrance for some time, it will be more and more difficult to light it each time. In this case, special matches for candles will help you, which you can find in the Vienna Candle Manufactory store.

Do not let the candle burn all the way through. We recommend that you stop using the candle as soon as there is approximately 1.5 to 2 cm of wax left to the bottom, if it is a ceramic or glass candle. Otherwise, the mold may overheat and crack. For other types of candles, the burning should be stopped as soon as 2 cm of wax remains. This ensures that the wick is upright and the burning is under control.

And finally. To ensure that the candle delights with light and aroma for as long as possible, we recommend lighting it for at least 1 hour, but no more than 3 hours in a row.

You should also follow these safety rules when using candles:


  • leave a lighted candle near clothes, curtains, books or other flammable items
  • leave a lighted candle unattended
  • place the candle in a place where drafts or air currents are possible
  • place 2 or more candles at a distance of less than 10 cm from each other
  • place the candle within the immediate reach of children and pets


  • cut the wick to a length of 0.5 cm before lighting the candle. Long wicks can cause uneven burning or spontaneous combustion
  • place the candle on a stable surface and a candlestick or any other candle holder
  • extinguish the candle before leaving the room or going to bed, or when it is almost burned to the bottom

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