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Burning a candle is easy. Luckily, so is following proper candle care and safety guidelines. Extend the life of your favorite candles, prevent unsightly soot and tunneling, and burn candles like a pro by following these simple tips:

Always trim the wick and check for debris.

Before you light a candle, always trim the wick to ¼ inch and remove any debris left in the wax pool such as wick trimmings or matches. Any debris will add more fuel to the candle than it’s designed to handle. Too much fuel can cause the flame to unexpectedly flare up or even start a small fire near the candle flame. Wicks that are left long or crooked can cause uneven burning, dripping, flaring and sooting. Trimming wicks will help prolong the life of your candle. Your candles will burn up to 25% longer if you trim the wick every couple of hours.

Get it right the first time.

Just like the first cut is the deepest, that first burn is the most important. Candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size. For example, a candle that is 2 inches across should burn for 2 hours. If a candle is not burned for long enough to allow the wax to liquefy or to melt from edge to edge of the container, it will create a “memory ring.” Once a candle has a “memory ring,” it will continue to tunnel for the life of the candle.

Don’t keep candles burning for longer than 3 to 4 hours.

Burning a candle for too long will cause carbon to collect on the wick, leading it to “mushroom.” The wick will then become unstable and produce a dangerously large flame. Plus, your candle will start to smoke and release soot. Avoid this by always following the instructions. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.

Keep the flame away from moving air.

When burning a candle, avoid proximity to fans, air conditioners, open windows, or crowded areas with people walking back and forth. Moving air can disturb the flame, resulting in those pesky black marks on the glass.

Store your candles properly.

Store candles in a cool, dark and dry place with the lid on to keep them clean of dust and debris, and to help protect the wax and fragrance. Highly fragrant candles have a life span of 6 to 12 months, depending on the scent. If you enjoy fragranced candles, then use and replace them often to avoid deterioration in appearance and performance.

Thank you for taking a moment out of your busy day to read this and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

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New to wax melts? Here's your quick guide to using was melts for the first time!

I don't think there is a day that goes by when I don't have someone ask me "what are wax melts?" or "how do I use wax melts?"

Even though I get asked this very frequently I still find myself surprised to be asked.


Because to me wax melts are just... well...normal...just part of everyday life. In fact, I would probably go one step further and say they are a ritual of sorts.

  • They are coming home

  • They are about feeling good at home

  • They are about relaxation

  • They are about creating a feeling and scenting the home you are proud of and care for

  • They are about warmth and comfort

While for many of us wax melts have been around for some time, there are many out there that just haven't used them yet or don't quite get what they are or how to use them - or worse... don't even understand how amazing they are!

So, this blog post is for the wax melt novice or the friend or family member you know that just hasn't jumped on the band wagon yet and want's to understand what all the fuss is about!

What are wax melts?

Wax melts are in essence a wickless candle. A scented wax that you melt in a wax warming device (electric or with a tealight) that once melted releases a far stronger and consistent fragrance than a candle. This is because you are melting at a higher and more consistent temperature and you are vaporizing the scent.

HOWEVER, this is where you must pay attention.

Not all wax melts are created equal.

If you are going to burn anything in your home, and this goes for candles or wax melts, then you should be aware that some can be very harmful to your health.

Tall Pine Candles only produce soy wax melts - this means that they are made from a natural product - the soybean. Many other shop bought waxes, in fact the majority of wax melts available in shops, are made with PARAFFIN wax.

Now if you don't really know the difference here goes:

Paraffin wax is made from the waste products left over from crude oil when producing petroleum. That's right the dirty, highly toxic leftovers and it doesn't stop there. These waste products are so dirty they are then made more toxic by using BLEACH to turn them white. Not any old bleach like you would use at home (which is usually 5 - 10% strength) this is 100% bleach; highly toxic in itself.

There are many horrendous side effects from paraffin based wax products including headaches, nausea, respiratory disease, digestive disorders and many, many more. Do not be fooled - paraffin is toxic. Whether it's disguised with the prettier name of mineral wax or softened with the title of "food grade paraffin" it shouldn't be breathed in.

If you are going to use wax melts stick to natural based waxes such as soy wax, coconut wax or beeswax based products.

How do wax melts work?

Wax melts work by releasing the fragrance oil in the wax once the wax is melted. You simply put your chosen wax melt into the well of your wax burner and put a tealight underneath (again most shop bought tealights will be toxic paraffin because they are cheap - aim for soy tealights if you can or opt for an electric melter). When you've had enough you simply turn off or blow out the tealight and you can allow the wax to harden and use again. Once the wax starts to lose its scent you simply remove and replace with fresh wax.

Why do people love wax melts so much?

Now this is actually several much bigger questions:

  • Why do people like light or warmth?

  • What do they represent?

  • What do certain scents mean to you?

Well, the short answer is that the part of your brain that processes smell is very close to the area of the brain that accesses memories.

So not only do we have a very ancient caveman (or woman) reflex to judge if a smell is good or bad, not only do we have an ancient sense of literally sniffing partners out by pheromones, but we also have memories triggered by specific smells.

What is repulsive to one person is gorgeous to another. And then there are some scents that are almost universal.

Think of baby powder... it's a hard scent to take offence to. For most it is associated with warmth and safety or childhood, the clean fresh feeling of having a bath or the nostalgia of being a parent to a newborn.

When you consider all of these points then it's no wonder that our basic human need to light and warmth to survive combined with the happy memories associated with specific scents creates a very strong desire to create a happy atmosphere in our home.

How to get started

It's best to invest in a ceramic wax burner to begin with and a couple of soy tealights and then it's up to you to do the sniff test and try some wax melts.

Whatever you do please do your research, choose a clean burning natural wax and tealight wherever possible and explore and try new scents to find your favorites.

You can look over the wax melts that Tall Pine Candles offers. We make ALL our wax melts with 100% pure soy wax. Each melt is hand poured to insure the quality of each wax melt.

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I hope that this helps you to understand about wax melts a little more. If you have questions just email me and I will help to get it answered.

Thank you for taking a moment out of your busy day to read this and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

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I was thinking it was time you should know a little more about Tall Pine Candles. Let me start out by telling you a little about how Tall Pine Candles came to be.

About 8 years ago I decided to quit my job of being an “Over The Road'' truck driver. When I decided to do this, I was here in Flagstaff Arizona. The first thing I noticed was that wonderful aroma of the Pine Trees of the surrounding forest. It was summer and no matter the time of day that aroma was always there. Sometimes faint but nonetheless, it was there. Being from southeast Kansas we do not have the luxury of pine trees. We have the aroma of wheat. Dry, dusty wheat.

Then winter came about. Suddenly no more pine tree aroma. I started searching for a candle, wax melt, essence oil thingy bobber and even incense sticks to satisfy that fix for the aroma of those forest pines. But the harder I searched the less I was happy with the smell. Most where weak or had no aroma at all. The ones that where fragrant had that Pine-Sol smell. My thought was I didn’t want to sanitize my apartment, but to fragrant it. But then I was saved!! Summer was upon me again. And to my joy the sweet aroma filled the air.

Sadly, winter came back around, and I repeated my ritual of searching for the perfect pine tree fragrance. I spent a lot of money and time trying all the name brand candles and melts. Then a thought started to develop in the back of my brain. How hard could it possibly be to make my own candles and wax melts? What, all you have to do is melt some wax and add fragrance then let it harden and Wala, you have candles!! Well, I found out that it could not be further from the truth than you could imagine.

I invested more money and time in creating that Pine Tree aroma. I have practically acquired a chemist degree in fragrance blending. But then one day several years later I did it!! I put together the perfect Pine Tree scent (in my opinion at least). My next door neighbor liked it so much he wanted one. Then his girlfriend wanted one. Then her co-workers and so on and so on. I started selling them on the side to pay for my pine tree addiction!!

Suddenly a few people started asking if I had other fragrances. I started blending and testing other fragrances. And before I realized it “Tall Pine Candles” was born. That was in 2019.

The company has since then built a reputation for producing quality candles, wax melts and Room/Car sprays at an affordable price. Tall Pine Candles offers a wide range of product sizes.

I am a Navy Veteran of 10 years. The one thing that the Navy drove into me was “Do the job right” and that is what I thrive to do with each and every product we sell. Each candle is still hand poured by me here in Flagstaff. We offer FREE delivery in both Flagstaff and the Prescott area.

We offer our members special updates, new product listings, discounts and much, much more.

Thank you for taking a moment out of your busy day to read this and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

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