What is soy wax?
Soy wax is made from soy beans grown in the USA, primarily in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. It is 100% soybean wax, does not emit toxins while burning, produces an incredibly small amount of soot, is biodegradable and water soluble, burns cooler and slower than paraffin candles, is a renewable resource and supports US farmers and our own economic growth.
What are those white “spots” on the candles?
These white areas on the candles is called “frosting” is actually a crystal growth of vegetable oils that can happen with extreme changes in temperature. Frosting blooms on a soy candle does not effect the burn quality of a candle, its fragrance or the way it burns. In fact, frosting in soy candles is a sure way of telling that the candle is made out of all-natural, pure soy wax and some customers will look for candles with frosting to ensure that they are getting natural soy wax.
Best way to enjoy your soy candle
When you light your candle for the first time, make sure the wick is about 1/4” high. Soy candle wax has a memory of sorts, and will burn best and smell strongest if you establish a good melt pool straight off the bat. Upon first lighting, please leave it going for between 2-3 hours. This will also help prevent the wax from “tunneling”.
Soy candles should never remain lit for longer than 2-3 hours at a stretch, and always let them cool completely before relighting. Once the wax has burned down to about 1/2”, please discontinue use. You don’t want to scorch the furniture or risk cracking the glass! Store your candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Keep your wick trimmed
People ask me all the time if this is necessary and it is if you want to minimize the amount of soot that your candle produces. You want to make sure that your wick is trimmed to 1/4″ and be careful not to trim it shorter than that, otherwise your flame will be drowned out by melted wax.
All candles produce some sort of soot, but soy candles produce 95% less soot than a paraffin candle (if burned correctly). If your soy candle is producing soot, make sure your wick is properly trimmed and that it’s not burning in a drafty area.
Don’t think your candle is fragrant enough?
If you’ve been burning your candle for a while but don’t smell it anymore, try a simple solution like leaving the room for a few minutes. Sometimes our senses get used to smelling the fragrance.
Some fragrances are stronger than others. We take great care making sure we make the most fragrant candles we can, but not all fragrance oils are created equally. While a scent might smell great in the jar, it may not produce a strong fragrance while burning. Keep in mind the size of the candle you’re burning. The bigger the room, the bigger candle (or number of candles) you will need to fill it up with fragrance.
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