Candle Care

Caring for your Gillan Candleworks candle, or any candle you buy, is crucial to ensuring a consistent, clean, and safe burn. Every Gillan Candleworks candle will come with candle safety instructions.

The Fundamentals of Candle Safety

  • Never burn a candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle around children who could potentially knock over the candle and injure themselves or others.
  • Ensure that you are burning your candle on a heat-resistant surface to prevent any potential heat damage of the surface below.
  • Before each burn, trim the wick of your candle to 1/4". An untrimmed wick can cause your candle to burn too hot.
  • Never burn a candle for more than four hours at a time to prevent your candle from getting too hot.
  • Never use the cork lid to put out your candle. Cork is wood, and may light on fire if used to extinguish a flame.

Candle Longevity & Care

  • On two-wick candles, always burn both wicks at the same time.
  • To prevent "tunneling" (when your candle forms a hole where the wax on the sides isn't melting), ensure that your "melt pool" (the melted wax) reaches the sides of the candle on every burn. 
  • Avoid burning candles in a drafty area to prevent uneven burning.
  • Store candles in a cool, dry place.
  • If you stop smelling your candle after a few hours, this is "nose blindness" - your candle did not stop smelling, your nose just became accustomed to the scent so you no longer recognize it.


If you have any questions on your candle, please feel free to reach out to us!