I'm Kristen! I started making candles in the spring of 2015 as favors for my October wedding. During that process, I fell in love with candle making and the endless combinations of scents, colors, and finishes a candle can have. When I thought about making candles to sell online it seemed only natural to combine that process with my favorite pastime, READING! Thus Rose & Adder (formerly LemonCakes Candle Co) was born. I started with 24 glass jars and 10lbs of wax and now here I am with a basement full of supplies and a notebook full of ideas!
I'm also a hairstylist and that's how I spend most of my days. I own a small hair studio in Kalamazoo MI. I have two cats, a husband, and a video game addiction.
All of my candles are hand-poured using soy wax. I use the maximum amount of fragrance to create powerful long-lasting scents. I choose to use wood wicks because the crackle is great for ambiance. I think there's something darkly romantic about wood wicks. I care deeply about my final product and I hope that shows up in every order.
Wooden wick candles are amazing! Not only do they look cool but they crackle like a teeny wood stove. Sometimes wood wicks need a little extra care, so I'm pooling all of my candle knowledge here for you! Hopefully, these tips will help you learn how to get the longest burn out of your candle.
The first burn is the most important.
The first time you light your candle you must give your candle enough burning time to develop a melt pool that spreads all the way to the edge of the container. This may take a few hours depending on the size of the candle. Please don't burn any of your candles for longer than 4 hours at a time. After you've established a good consistent melt pool you won't have to burn your candle to the edge every time you light it (but I would still recommend doing so). If you don't enjoy burning your candles for long periods of time than smaller jars with smaller diameters may be the right purchasing choice for you.
The woes of a tunneled candle (and how to fix it).
Candles, particularly soy candles, have a 'wax memory.' That basically means it can be hard to change a burning pattern once one has been established... this can lead to *gasp* TUNNELING. This is why it's so important to have a good first burn. Tunneling makes it more difficult for wax around the outer edges of the jar to melt so your candle will either burn straight down and waste tons of wax or just go out altogether because fresh oxygen can't flow in.
If your candle won't stay lit because your wick is drowning in its own wax pool you can try using a paper towel to soak up some of the extra wax. Keep doing this until the wick has a little room to breathe. DO NOT start to scrap chunks of wax out of the middle of the candle. This will only make your problem worse in the long run. Your goal is to reset the wax pool so it burns to the edge of the jar again. If your wick still keeps going out you can wrap a little tent of foil around the rim of the container to provide some insulation and help soften the hard wax around the edges of the container. I would recommend putting your foil-wrapped candle in the sink and keeping a close eye on it. Your goal is just to soften the edges and please be careful with the hot foil. If neither of these options work and your candle is still extremely tunneled... you are... probably out of luck. You can still enjoy your candle by warming it on a wax or candle warmer (the solution of candle-loving college students in dorms everywhere).
Trim your wicks, PLEASE.
The most common problem I see in pictures of misbehaving candles is an untrimmed wick. Untrimmed wicks lead to tunneling. For the best burn, keep your wick trimmed to about 1/8" and make sure to clean off any burnt black crunchy bits from the last burn. You can use an old set of nail trimmers or just use your fingers to pinch off the edges. Be sure to trim your wicks after the wax has re-hardened from the last burn so you can just shake any wick pieces into the trash and they don't get stuck in your melt pool.
Lighting a wood wick candle is a bit different than lighting a traditional cotton wick. When lighting your candle tilt it on an angle and let the flame travel across the length of the wick so the whole wick is burning evenly. It may take more than once to light your wick, especially on the first go. There's no harm in trying again or if the wick looks too long be sure to trim it down a bit before firing it up. Your wick shouldn't produce smoke or soot, if it is that means it needs to be trimmed.
Rose & Adder is not responsible for poorly burned candles. Please burn your candles on a flat heat-resistant surface away from drafts, pets, & children. Always burn your candles in sight.