Candle Burning Tips & Safety

Emma’s So Naturals Candles are made from a 100% Plant Wax, a cotton wick, and are scented with only quality Pure Essential Oils – they contain no synthetic fragrances or artificial dyes.

Great care and attention should be given when burning any candles.

Please refer to the safety instructions printed within your Emma’s So Naturals Glass Tumbler Candle box, on the side of your Tin Candle label and on the lid of your Wax Tart melt before use.

Every time you use your candle trim the wick to about 5mm or 1/4 inch before lighting.

Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping. An improperly trimmed wick can create a high flame and cause smoking or black soot – along with a high temperature, also forming a deep melt pool that may overheat the container over time. If the wick starts to smoke, blow the candle out, allow to cool and then trim the wick before re-lighting. We recommend using a wick trimmer that catches the wick trimmings and lets you lift the off-cuts out.


Use long handled matches or lighter.

These will save your fingers from getting scorched and helps avoing blackening the side of your container with soot from the lighter flame.

Burn your candles for only 2-4 hours at a time.

If the candle is burned for too long, and the burn pool or melted wax is allowed to get too deep, the wick can lose support and fall over. For the first burn, let it melt wide to the glass or tin edge, to ensure a good even burn pattern, and to ensure even burning every time, as the initial burn sets the burn pattern for subsequent burning sessions. Then try burning for at most 2, then 3, then 4 hours if you need to.

Don’t blow it! To extinguish your candles, dip the wick or use a  candle snuff.

Use a wick dipping tool or a spoon, dip the wick into the melted wax to extinguish the flame. Right away re-centre the wick and stand it back up. Allow your candle to cool and re-harden before relighting. Remember to trim you wick when cooled, the next time you re-light it.


Keep candles free from foreign materials including matches and wick trimmings.

Never leave candles unattended, always burn candles within sight, on a level, fire resistant surface, and away from drafts, vibrations, children and animals. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.

Do not burn your candles for more than 4 hours at a time as the wax or the container may get too hot. Never touch or attempt to move a burning or still-hot candle.

Stop using your candle when 1.5 cm (1/2 inch) of wax is in the end of the container. The container may get too hot and crack or cause damage to the surface underneath

Due to the high content of natural essential oils, and fluctuating storage temperatures, occasionally some oils may leak from the top of the candle – simply wipe this away and enjoy the candle as normal.

Avoid skin contact with pure essential oils.

Shelf Life:

Generally, it is recommended that you use your candle within 12 to 18 months, once you open it from its original packaging, especially if it is a natural plant wax, however you can expect a stable and attractive shelf life of around 3 years if stored correctly. Essential oils themselves can have a shelf life of up to 15 years when unopened, however, oxidisation and deterioration of their fragrance can begin as soon as opened. Store your candles in a cool dark place when not in use. Store out of direct sunlight.

Safety Warnings, Allergen Labelling & ECHA:

CLP Regulation ensures that fragranced products (excluding cosmetics) are classified, labelled, and packaged in a consistent way so that the hazards of the products are clearly conveyed to consumers. Find this information on the underside of our tin candles & tumbler candle glasses & soon on our new tart melt packaging.

On the safety label you will find:

  • Product Identifiers: this is the name of our product and the allergen components;
  • Signal Word (Warning or Danger);
  • Hazard Statements e.g. “May cause an allergic skin reaction”;
  • Precautionary Statements e.g. “If on skin wash with plenty of water”;
  • Hazard Pictograms including the exclamation mark pictogram and the environmental hazard pictogram;
  • UFI (Unique Formula Identifier) – will be featured on all new labels produced after 2021, with a deadline of 2025 when the UFI should feature on all of our candles. This is used as a product identifier in the event of a poisons centre emergency;
  • Our address & phone number;
  • The net weight.

Find Ireland’s poisons centre at or by telephone: 01-8092166

Find other EU Poisons centre information here.