Candle Refill Tips

Candle Refill Tips

What comes in the kit?
  • 1 Cotton wick with sticker
  • 1 Clothespin
  • 1 Warning label
  • 7.5 oz Scented wax in microwaveable container
  • Instructions
How do I clean out my old jar?
Do not microwave your old jar! Our wicks are held in place by a metal tab—which is not microwave friendly! Instead, carefully fill your old jar with boiling water. As the wax melts it will float to the top then harden. Once the wax is hardened you can remove it and dump out the water. Wipe away any residual wax with a paper towel, and remove the old wick and wick base with a spoon. Wash your jar with soap and water, and dry thoroughly.

How long do I microwave the wax?
We have tested these refills in multiple microwaves, and 2 minutes seems to be the magic number. Microwave for 1 minute, stir gently, then microwave for 1 more minute and stir again. If the wax is still not melted, microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the wax is at least 75% melted. At 75% the residual heat will melt the remaining wax. If the wax becomes too hot the scent will be compromised. You want to melt the wax slowly and gently.

How do I make sure my wick sticks to the jar?
Make sure your jar is clean and dry before adhering the wick to the bottom of your jar. If you have some handy, hot glue will sometimes stick better. Once your wick is placed in the jar, give it a gentle tug--it should stay in place.

Can I refill other type of vessels?
We do not recommend wicking any other type of candle vessels. Our kits are formulated to fill our candle jars, and we cannot guarantee the safety or performance of any other container.

How long before I can light my candle?
This requires some patience! Candles actually require a short cure time to be sure all the components have bonded together and will behave nicely. Allow your candle to sit for at least 24 hours before burning for the first time, but 48 hours is actually ideal.

Is the refill container microwave safe?
Absolutely! But please remove all other items from the container before microwaving. The kit comes with an envelope that contains everything you need to make your candle—pull that out before microwaving!

You can also easily remove the wax from the container it comes in if you prefer to use a different microwave-safe container. The wax tends to shrink away from the container we use which allows it to slide out easily.

I made my candle but it isn’t burning well. What happened?
The first time you light your candle, allow it to burn long enough that the melted wax pool extends across the entire top surface. This goes for all candles, not just refills! If candles don’t get this first “good burn” they can tunnel, or refuse to stay lit. This simple step should ensure that your candle behaves well.

Wick length is also important. Don’t cut your wick too short or leave it too long! A too-short wick won't stay lit, and a wick that's too long will burn too hot. We find a wick that's between 1/8" and 1/4" is just perfect.
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