Cosmo Candles 101: Tips and Advice

Cosmo Candles 101: Tips and Tricks


We are proud to produce an all-natural candle, free from any artificial dyes or paraffin wax. Our candles feature a special ‘wooden wick’ which you may or may not have seen before. When used correctly, not only will give off a lovely crackling sound when burnt in a quiet room, but they won’t ‘soot’ (shooting off puffs of black smoke) like a cotton wick will.

Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure you get the most enjoyment out of your candle.

1.) When you buy your Creative Cosmo candle, you will notice that the wick is trimmed to about 1/8 of an inch.  To best light the wick, hold a match or a lighter at the base of a corner so that it can ignite.



2.) The first time you burn your candle, you want to make sure to leave it on for a good stint, alllowing the candle to burn until it has reached a full burn pool (the wax has melted all the way to the edges, leaving a full wax ‘puddle’). This can be anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours. This first time you burn the candle is when it creates its ‘memory,’ so don’t worry about having to burn it that long each time.  This will also ensure that all the wax will burn from the sides of the candle, leaving you with a clean vessel once the candle is fully burnt. The next time you burn it, you will notice that it will create that burn pool quite quickly. During the first burn session, the wax is creating this ‘memory’ so that it can quickly reach the needed temperature to release the fragrance from then after.



3.) For each time after you burn your candle, you will need to trim the wick.  This will ensure that your wick will not soot. After you have blown out the flame of your candle, allow the pool of wax to completely re-solidify. Once you are ready to light your candle for more soothing fragrance, turn the candle upside down over a sink or a bin.  With your finger, firmly clip the black end of the wood sick, trimming off the excess black.  You should be left with a wick that is roughly the same size as when you first opened your new candle.  There will still be some black on the wick, as it has been burnt, but you will be able to feel the firmness of the wick with no more excess falling off of it when it is ready.  This is where the wick naturally wants to be, so there is no need to trim it with any sort of clipping device or scissors**. Now you can relight the wick, with no fear of sooting. Please make sure to do this each time before you relight your candle.



4.) The final tip is one that is recommended for all candles.  Please do not leave your candle burning unattended or burning for more than a 4 hour period.  If the wick is left burning for longer than a 4 hour period, the excess of the wick discussed in tip 3 may cause the wick to soot. The wick should not normally do this.  If this happens, please blowout the candle and repeat tip 3.

Tips in the case of sooting: When burnt correctly, the wooden wick will not soot. However, if sooting does occur these are the possible reasons and solutions to the issue:
1) Ensure candle is not in an environment with heavy drafts.
2) Ensure candle is on a flat and even surface.
3) If 1) and 2) are abided by, the wick has become too long during the burn cycle. This can happen after varying amounts of time depending on a number of factors affecting the strength of the burn. Simply extinguish your candle, allow wax to harden, re-trim wick and relight.
**If your home experiences strong temperature changes or a draft, it may be necessary to trim the wick extra in the case of sooting (particularly if it soots within the first half hour of lighting).  To do this, blow out the flame and let the wax harden as usual. Then using pair of nail clips, clip the top burnt black off the wick, leaving the unburnt part of the wick showing, but be cautious to not trim too far below. If this happens when the candle has burnt too far down to see the wick line, clip the wick to a triangular shape with the base of the triangle at the wax line.  If you have to do this frequently (more than twice), please see the comment below. If you would like to speak with someone regarding how to do this in more detail, please send us an email and we will arrange a time to speak with you over the phone. 

We really hope you enjoy your candle.  If you have any questions, concerns or you would simply like to leave feedback, please send us an email and we will do our best to resolve any queries or issues you may have.

   If you see your candle sooting, please note that it should not do this excessively.  First check that all of the guidelines mentioned above are being followed.  If your candle continues to cause an issue, please get in touch with us.  Every effort is made to give you a quality, all-natural, luxury candle that is free from soot.  However, as they are all handmade from recycled wine bottles, the diameters of the vessels vary and they are matched with their appropriate wick diameter.  If a mistake has been made in the wick diameter, and it burns too strongly, it may cause your candle to soot.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us so that we may replace your candle free of charge if you think this issue may have occurred. We strive not only to offer the best product, but the best customer service as well.

Did you know there are plenty of uses for our recycled wine bottle candle vessels once you have fully burnt your candle?  Here are a few ideas:

  • tea light holder
  • water glass or tumbler (You could collect a whole set!)
  • a flower vase (particularly good for our large candles)


Do you have any other ideas for what you could use the vessel for? Send us an email so we can add it to the list!