Caring for Your Wood Wick Candle

Wood Wicks are so cool, but they can be a little tricky. Here's some great tips to help you get the best life out of your Lilypad Light candle.
  • The first time you burn your candle, burn it until the melt pool is all the way across the jar and about 1/2" deep. Generally 2-4 hours.
  • Trim the wick before you relight the candle. You can use a simple nail clipper, or purchase a wick clipper. The wick should be approx. 2mm long.
  • Don't allow your candle to burn for longer than 4 hours at a time.
  • Replace the lid to smother the flame rather than blow out the flame.
  • Soy wax burns clean, but scents are not as strong. Don't be alarmed if your candle smells stronger when it is cold than when it is lit.
If your wood wick or jar candle has developed some tunneling from shorter burns, you can usually fix it - here’s how:


  • First and best option: if your candle will stay lit, give it a good long burn until all the wax is melted to the edge of the jar, and you’ve effectively “reset” the memory of the wax. The flame height may vary when you do this, but as long as there is still a burn, it should continue to create a melt pool, just be patient.
  • If your candle won’t stay lit because it is “drowning” in a wax pool, try using a paper towel or napkin to soak up some of the excess wax. Then wait for a minute or so, relight your candle, and repeat until your wick has room to breathe!

If the above two won’t work, we’ve heard of people scraping out the wax near the edge of the jar, or even creating a little dome of aluminum foil around the rim of the container to help melt the hard wax at the edges.

Those are both last resort options though - so no guarantees!

    How to light a wood wick candle like a boss

    Wood wicks need to be lit differently from cotton wicks, but don’t panic, it’s really  simple:

    • When lighting a wood wick candle, the best technique is to tilt it on an angle and let the flame draw across the length of the wick (kind of like how you tilt a match after lighting).  
    • It may also take several tries to get it lit! The heat from the flame needs to draw the wax through the wick before it will really start burning nicely. When in doubt, give it another try - once you get it going once, it should light up more easily.

      Though we do not accept returns, if you have an issue with the function or quality of your Lilypad Light product, please contact us directly. Customer service is our priority and we would appreciate the opportunity to correct the situation personally, rather than having situations taken to social media.