• Simona

How to take care of your soy wax candle?

Updated: Oct 30, 2021

We all want our candles to last for as long as possible, have a clean burn, and stay visually appealing up until the last burn. Well, there are a few simple steps you can follow to prolong your candle's life and ensure its best performance.

Lighting candle for the first time

The first burn of the candle is very important. This has a big effect on how your candle will perform in the future, whether or not you will achieve the best scent throw, and if the candle will burn clean and even.

To maximize scent throw and promote even burning make sure to allow your candle to reach a full melt pool. Let the melted wax fill the top layer of the candle, from edge to edge. Soy wax has a ''memory'' and by failing to do so your candle will start "tunneling". Tunneling is an occurrence of a vertical tunnel through the center of the candle which leads to wasted, unused wax along the sides of the container. If this happens, don't worry, there's a trick that I will tell you about, later in the post, that can help you to solve the problem!

Prepare your wick to prevent it from mushrooming, excessive smoking, and sooting. Usually, candles come with wicks cut to the right size. If not, make sure to trim the wick to 1/4'' (0.5cm) before lighting it and continue to do so before each burn. A trimmed wick helps the candle to burn more evenly, control the access that the wick has to the melted wax (prevent mushrooming), and minimize the soot it creates.

3 signs you need to trim your candle wick

Keep an eye out for these 3 signs that will show you that it might be time to trim the wick of your candle.

  1. Mushrooming wick. The flame of the untrimmed wick is too big, which causes the wick to absorb more fuel than it can handle and creates a build-up of carbon particles.

  2. Flickering flame. If candle flame is flickering excessively firstly check for drafts in the room your candle is burning. No drafts? It's time to trim the wick!

  3. It's likely that the wick needs to be trimmed if you notice immoderate smoking or spot soot residue on the inside of the candle container.

If the candle was burning for a while and you want to trim the wick, extinguish the candle and let it cool down to room temperature before trimming.

Follow candle safety instructions

Find a suitable place to burn your candle. The surface should be heat resistant, solid, and steady. Make sure there's no wind and draft or anything flammable that candle flame could catch on fire.

Keep it out of reach of children and pets. You don't want them to get hurt by trying to play with it or to knock it over.

Avoid burning your candle for more than 4 hours. Burned too long, the candle container can overheat or the wick will start to ''mushroom'', which can cause the candle to be unstable, flame to get too big, smoke excessively, and release unsafe soot into the air.

Do not touch or handle the candle while it's burning. Don't play with melted wax, it might be really hot and it's hard to clean. Also, moving a candle while it's still hot or burning won't help its performance and might make your candle look less appealing.

Additional tips & tricks

Keep it clean. Make sure there is no wick trimmings or other debris in the wax.

Sweating candle - little oil droplets at the surface of the candle. A candle that is scented usually contains fragrance oils. Natural waxes, like soy, have a natural oil content that might occasionally sweat. Soy wax is sensitive to temperature changes and it might cause oils to separate from the wax. Unstable ambient temperature, warm lights, or too much warmth in the room can cause candles to sweat. Don't worry, this does not affect candles quality or performance.

Candle frosting - white crystalline layer formed on the surface of the natural, vegetable waxes. It might be ruining your candle's aesthetics, but it is completely natural and you can't do anything about it. It occurs when wax used to make a candle tries to return to its natural state. Frosting is normal and expected in soy wax products, and it does not affect the quality or performance of the candle.

A candle that is tunneling can be saved. If you have a candle that is affected by tunneling you might be able to fix it. All you need is a heat gun or a hairdryer. Use a low heat setting, melt the candle wax until the top layer is even. Scoop out the excess wax that is burying the wick and let it cool down undisturbed. Voila!

Know when to stop burning your candle. Don't burn all the way down, the life of the candle ends when there is 1cm of the wax or less remaining in the candle container. It is time to recycle your candle container and get a new candle! And we can help you with that, browse our website for exclusive deals or go and favorite our Etsy shop to keep it handy for the next time you need it.

Recycle your candle containers. Candles come in ceramic dishes, glass vessels, jars, or tins, that are perfect for reusing! When your candle is finished, fill the container with hot or boiling water - that will melt the remaining wax. Detach the metal wick sustainer from the base of the container, wash it well with some dish soap, let it dry and there you have it! Use it to store something, as a planter, or even use it to create your own candle!

How to store your candles?

Keep your candles in a dry, dark, cool space. However, you don't want your candle to get too cold. That might cause wet spots on your candle. It occurs when wax pulls away from the container walls. Wax expands when heated, and contracts as it cools. If the candle container is clear, it might make your candle look less pleasing, otherwise, it does not affect the quality or performance of the candles.

Avoid direct sunlight, harsh lamps, and don't place them next to the heat source. All of these things may affect your candle's appearance and scent throw, especially if your candles are made with soy wax, which is more sensitive to changes in ambient conditions.

Enjoy every moment of your candle!

Thank you for reading! Now you know how to take good care of your soy wax candle.

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