These natural ear candles are intended for use by a second person. Place a bowl of water nearby to extinguish the ear candle at the end of the application, as it does not extinguish by itself. Light the ear candle at the top (opposite the security filter). Place the candle gently on the ear canal. Hold the ear candle during the entire duration with your hand placed just above the ear. If smoke appears at the lower end of the ear candle, gently press the candle in a bit deeper. After 10 minutes or when the flame reaches the red circle, take the candle from the ear and extinguish the candle in the water bowl.