Do I need instructions on my candles?

My answer is always a resounding “Yes!”

I would even go as far to say that an instruction label should be put on the candle if you are only giving the candle to friends. While many consumers burn candles, there are still many who are not aware of some of the basic maintenance required of a candle. This maintenance includes trimming the wick and only burning the candle for four hours at a time.

The bigger question is what should be included, given the limited space on the burning instructions. There are items that always must be included and some that should be on the instruction. I have seen some very clever things done to include even more instructions. Some use attractive tags that hang on the candle. Others refer the customer to their company’s website for further information.

Here is a list of information to include in your instructions:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Keep burning candle away from anything that can catch fire.
  • Trim the wick 1/4″ inch before each burn cycle
  • Candle holder must be heat resistant and suitable for the candle being used.
  • Do not leave wick trimmings, used matches and other debris in the candle.
  • If flame height gets to large extinguish immediately.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Do not move the candle when it is burning.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer instructions carefully.
  • Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents and air currents.
  • Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. Cool, trim wick, check for drafts, and re-light. Discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains (1/2″ if in a container).

As you can see there are a lot of items that must be considered on the label and your instructions. Make sure you include as much information as possible so that your customer knows how to properly—and safely—burn the candle.

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