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How to Enjoy Your Tinker, Dicker & Doc Candle


Many people buy candles for themselves or others, but don't know how to enjoy them fully. That's why we've created this short instruction guide: to help you get the most out of your Tinker, Dicker & Doc all natural, aromatherapy candle. While candles and other products like room sprays are meant to deodorize rooms by masking harsh food or pet odors, our candles are more like a fine wine: quality products meant to be enjoyed in the comfort, peace and joy of your favorite surroundings.

1. Be sure to read and follow all directions on the warning label located on the side or bottom of our candle tins and glass container candles.

2. In particular, never leave your candle burning unattended, never place your candle near items that can catch fire, and keep your burning candle away from children and pets.

3. Allow your candle to burn to burn up to 4 hours the first time you light it. This will allow the wax to "remember" where to go the next time it is lit.

4. Candles need to rest! Never burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, and allow at least 5 to 6 hours to pass before relighting it.

5. Candles need maintenance! Before relighting your candle, trim the wick to about 1/4 of an inch using a wick trimmer or a pair of scissors. Do not over-trim. Failure to trim the wick may result in your candle overheating, and will likely shorten the overall burning time of your candle.

6. If you over-trim or break your wick, your flame may "drown" in the wax. If you have difficulty relighting your wick, allow the wax to cool. Using a spoon, gently scrape out wax evenly on the surface of your candle so that the wick is 1/4 of an inch, then relight. Discard excess wax in the trash.

7. Candle tins are prone to get very hot. Place these only on heat-resistant surfaces (metal, stone, even a stoneware saucer), and never on items that can catch fire or burn (paper, books, cloth, Grandma's antique dresser).

8. Cleanup is a breeze! While you should never pour molten wax down a drain or toilet, you can clean your candle glassware with warm, soapy water. Simply gently remove as much wax as you can with a spoon, and discard the excess wax in the trash. Glue dots are used in our glassware candles, and these also can be removed by a gentle action with warm, soapy water. We do not recommend that our tins or amber glassware be used for storing food or drink, although they are perfect for decorating!

9. While some candle companies manufacture "message candles", we do not recommend that our candle wax be used for this purpose.

Q & A


1. Help! My candle is tunneling!

"Tunneling" (when a candle burns straight down) can be caused by not burning the candle long enough (less than 4 hours the first time you light it, only 1 or 2 hours at a time), drafts, and so on. If your candle continues to tunnel after several lightings, extinguish the flame and allow the wax to cool. Using a spoon, gently scrape out wax evenly on the surface of your candle so that the wick is 1/4 of an inch, then relight. Discard excess wax in the trash. Please note that some wax will remain on the inside walls of glass container candles. This can be removed with warm, soapy water. after are finished burning your candle.

2. Hey! My wick is mushrooming!

"Mushrooming" (the accumulation of carbon deposits) occurs on the wicks some candles, and in particular with some essential oil candles. Be sure to trim your wick to 1/4 of an inch before relighting your candle to eliminate or reduce this effect. Failure to remove carbon deposits may result in your candle overheating, and will likely shorten the overall burning time of your candle.

3. Gosh! Why doesn't your lavender candle doesn't smell like my lavender candle?

Our sense of smell varies, and we don't smell things in the same way. That being said, most people are so used to artificial, laboratory-created scents that they cannot recognize the real thing derived from nature! We use only natural, plant-derived scents derived from essential oils or other plant-based materials. So, our Lavender candle smells like lavender, because it is made from lavender!

4. Golly! Why do some artificially-scented candles smell stronger than essential oil candles?

There is a limit to the amount of essential oils that can be used in candles. Too much would effect the candle's performance. We strive to provide as much fragrance as we can given the natural limitations of essential oils and other plant essences.

5. Gee! Aren't your candle fragrances "store bought"?

While many of our scents are single scents derived only one or two essential oils (Lavender, Lemongrass, Peppermint), others are our own formulations (Patchouli Spice, Orange Spice, Eucalyptus Mint). Some of our all natural fragrances are adaptations of perfume formulations of the nineteenth century (Vetiver, Eau de Floride), while still others are completely new fragrances (Amyris). Our scent formulas are proprietary and unique.

6. Say! How can I contact you? Do you use social media?

The easiest way to contact us is by email: doc@tinkerdickeranddoc.com. Follow us on Instagram at tinkerdickeranddoc, Facebook at Tinker, Dicker & Doc, and Twitter at @TinkerDicker.