Updated: Nov 28, 2020
Soy wax is all-natural as it is made 100% from soybeans, which is the complete opposite of your average candle. Those are typically petroleum based, and this difference adds several benefits to soy-based. For starters, our candles do not release CO2 into the room since it comes from a vegetable wax. Additionally, soy candles are able to burn for significantly longer periods of time, but knowing how to properly care for your candles does increase its lifetime. We want your candles to last as long as possible so here is a quick guide to helping that happen.
When lighting a soy candle for the first time, allow wax to melt all the way to the sides of the container. Failure to do so can limit the life of your candle. Soy-based candles have the potential of burning 50% longer than your average candle, and this is because they burn evenly. While they leave little excess wax, allowing your candle to melt its wax to the sides the first time will help to ensure that it maintains an even burn.
Trim the wick to ¼” before relighting. This will minimize soot and remove excess wick that can cause mushrooming. This is an effect that can commonly occur with soy candles as carbon builds up along the wick. Trimming the wick throughout its use will avoid this buildup.
Do not blow out your candles. To extinguish the flame, use a snuffer or a wick digger to dip the wick in the melted wax and straighten. This will stop the wick from smoking and will help with relighting next time.
If you have chosen to read this post, chances are that you may have little to no experience with soy candles. Or you might just want to know how to properly care for your candles. Whatever the case may be, we are very excited that you are diving into the soy portion of the candle world.