How to burn your Coconut Shell Candle safely and get the best experience


Our coconut shell candles are our most popular item and truly represent the spirit of Tropical Lobster - bringing paradise to your life at home and in a way which is kind to the planet.
To get the best out of your candle and to make sure you are burning it safely, follow our guide below.

How to prevent tunnelling when burning a Coconut Shell Candle

Tunnelling will give an uneven burn of wax around the wicks and result in your candles not getting the most out of the full burn time.

Always let a candle burn for at least 2 hours the first time you light it prevent candle tunnelling.

Safety when burning a coconut shell candle

As this is a natural product please be sure to place this on top of a plate or non-flammable coaster when burning as on rare occasions the heat can cause tiny cracks in the coconut shell where wax could leak through. This is more likely to happen if you burn through the wax all the way down to the bottom of the shell so we recommend leaving a centimetre of wax at the bottom of the shell. 

We hope you love your unique coconut shell candle! When using your candle please be safe and:

  • Don’t leave the candle burning without supervision
  • Don’t let young children or pets near the open flame (or some adults)
  • Place your candle on a non-flammable surface such as a slate coaster, plate, or ceramic saucer or float them in water before lighting.
  • Do not place your candle directly onto or near flammable or heat sensitive surfaces such as glass or wooden furniture as the coconut shells get hot and could cause damage.
  • Don’t leave the lit candle near draughts
  • Make sure a flame is fully extinguished before leaving it unattended
  • Leave a cm of wax at the bottom of the candle and don’t burn through to the shell.
  • Be careful when touching your candle after it has been lit as it may be hot to touch
  • Make sure the wick is cut down to a maximum of 1cm high above the wax after using, if it hasn't naturally burnt away.


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