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Candles 101

The Right Way to Burn a Thymes Candle

Nov 18


  • With fragrances and designs developed to live and flourish in homes, our unique offerings are truly one of a kind.
  • Formula development and rigorous testing is done in-house by our experienced group of female chemists.
  • In order to confidently introduce new fragrances and products to you, we make sure to test them in our homes first. We must love it before we pass it along to you.
  • Thymes fragrances are hand-selected with passion and care by our in-house fragrance experts.
  • Our candles are developed using Paraffin wax and non-metal wicks, providing a clean and pure burn with an impressive fragrance experience.


  • When you are getting ready to burn your new candle, trim candle wick to 1/4”.
  • Make sure your candle is placed away from other objects and onto a safe, heat proof surface, and at least 3 inches apart from other candles when burning.
  • Light your candle with a match or lighter.
  • It’s best to let your candle burn until the liquified wax reaches most of the circumference of the top before extinguishing! This is very important for your first lighting, as this will help the wax burn the same way after each lighting.
  • Enjoy!


Thymes Tips & Tricks:

Trim that wick.

  • Did you know that trimming your wick before EVERY lighting will help make your candle burn longer? Besides safety reasons, candle performance will be enhanced when the wick is at the correct length.
  • Wick trimmers or scissors are ideal when removing the top of your wick. Wick should be approximately 1/4” before every lighting.

Let your candle burn!

  • Before extinguishing your candle, liquified wax should reach most of the circumference of your candle each time, if possible.
  • We recommend letting your candle burn at least 1 hour for every 1” diameter.
  • Snuffers act as a great tool to extinguish your candle, but you can also gently blow the flame out, as well.

Debris free.

  • Keep your candle wax clear of matches, wick trimmings or dust to avoid unexpected flare ups. When wax has hardened, turn your candle upside down to empty out wick trimmings or anything else that’s fallen into the wax.

Safety first.

  • A lit candle is an open flame, so remember to always practice basic rules of fire safely at all times. Make sure to always keep candles within sight when burning.
  • Keep them out of reach of children and pets, and always avoid drafts.
  • Allow your candle to cool down before handling. Do not move or touch it when wax is liquified.
  • If you’re going to use a candleholder, make sure it’s specifically designed for this use and is heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any melted wax or drips.

Know when to stop burning your candle.

  • Discontinue burning your candle when 1/2” wax remains at the bottom of the container. This protects surfaces from the heat of the candle.
  • Extinguish your candle if the flame becomes too high, smokes or flickers often. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for drafts before re-lighting.

Get creative!

  • Many of our Thymes candle containers are perfectly crafted for reuse! Try repurposing by adding a plant inside, using it as a pen holder, or a beautiful catch-all!
  • Make sure wax cools off. The wax and wick should be easy to scoop out and remove from the candle container. You may need a tool to dig it out, such as a spoon or butter knife. After this, remove remaining wax by wiping with a paper towel, then hand wash with warm, soapy water to remove any other excess wax. Dry the container out with a towel.
  • Tag us on Instagram at @ThymesFragrances, so we can see how you repurpose your Thymes candle!

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Maggie Ehresmann

Author on this blog:

Maggie Ehresmann

Thymes Home Brand Manager

Passionate about both art and communication, Maggie is always hard at work on something beautiful for the Thymes brand! Between copywriting, photoshoot prepping, product development, testing new fragrances, and all other things marketing, her attention to detail brings the high brand standards to life.

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