Illuminate Your Space: A Guide to Properly Burning Soy Candles


Welcome to the glow of sustainable luxury! As a local candle maker, I'm deeply passionate about crafting eco-friendly soy candles, I'm excited to share the art and science of properly burning these delightful sources of light and fragrance/memory. Whether you're a candle connoisseur or just starting your journey into the world of candle magic, these tips will help you make the most out of your soy candle experience.

  1. Trim the Wick: Before lighting your soy candle, always remember to trim the wick to about a quarter of an inch. This prevents excessive flickering, smoking, and ensures a clean, even burn. A trimmed wick also prevents the candle from generating too much heat, which can affect the quality of the wax and fragrance.

  2. The Initial Burn: When lighting your soy candle for the first time, allow it to burn until the wax melts evenly across the entire surface. This establishes a "memory burn" and prevents tunnelling, where wax remains along the edges and creates a hole in the center. This initial burn may take a couple of hours, but it's worth the wait for optimal performance in future burns.

  3. Mind the Burn Time: Soy candles are designed for longer burn times compared to paraffin wax candles. It's best to enjoy them in increments of 3-4 hours to prevent overheating. This not only extends the life of your candle but also ensures a consistent fragrance throw throughout each burn session.

  4. Location, Location, Location: Always place your soy candle on a stable, heat-resistant surface away from drafts, flammable materials, and out of reach of pets and children. Avoid placing candles in direct sunlight or near vents, as this can cause uneven burning and affect the fragrance throw.

  5. Extinguish with Care: When it's time to bid farewell to the flickering glow, avoid blowing out your soy candle, as this can release smoke and cause soot to accumulate on the container. Instead, use a candle snuffer or gently dip the wick into the melted wax and then straighten it back up. This prevents the wick from drifting off-center and ensures a clean burn for the next lighting.

  6. Reuse and Recycle: Once your soy candle has served its purpose, don't let the journey end there! Soy wax is easy to clean with soap and warm water, making it perfect for repurposing containers as plant pots, storage jars, or even for making your own candles. Embrace sustainability by giving your candle vessels a new life.

  7. Experiment with Fragrances: One of the joys of burning soy candles is exploring an array of delightful fragrances. From soothing lavender to invigorating citrus blends, there's a scent for every mood and occasion. Don't hesitate to mix and match fragrances to create your own unique olfactory experience.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can enhance the longevity, safety, and fragrance performance of your soy candles, transforming any space into a sanctuary of warmth and serenity. As a local candle maker committed to sustainability and quality craftsmanship, I invite you to embark on this illuminating journey with me, one flickering flame at a time.