How to make the most out of your soy candles
Burning a candle is one of the most satisfying and relaxing rituals you can do in your home. Soy candles are a bit different though - high quality items tend to require better care as well. In the end, it's going to be absolutely worth it.
To make sure you are getting the most out of your product while it still remains safe, there are just a few things to consider.
What to watch our for before lighting your candle:
- Before burning, always trim the wick to 3 mm's. You can use a wick trimmer, nail clippers, or scissors. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
- When burning your scented candle, allow the wax to melt on the entire surface of the soy candle (often called a "melt pool") before extinguishing it. This is especially advised at the initial burn. Like this you can make sure no wax will be wasted unburned at the side of the container.
- Place the candle on a heat resistant surface. Never place it directly on wood, or other flammable material. Just from the heat of the container alone it can leave a burn mark on your furniture.
- When your candle is burning, make sure there are no drafts, vents or air currents in the room (like an open window). This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
- It is not recommended to burn candles in jars and tins for longer than four hours. Make sure you let the wax cool and set at least two hours before relighting.
- When lighting a candle, use long matches or a long-reach lighter. Always keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame!
It's burning baby! What now?
- Don't get your candle out of sight by leaving it in an empty room for example. Also, they should always be in a safe distance from other accessories and furnishing, like drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
- To protect your loved ones, always keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
- Never touch or move a candle while it is burning or while the wax is liquefied. The glass or tin may become too hot to handle!
- Don’t burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1 cm remains in the container.
- Place burning candles at least 10 cm apart from one another. This is to make sure they don’t melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.
- Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
- As tempting as it is, never use a candle as a night light or while you may fall asleep.
When it's time to extinguish your candle:
- The best way to go about this is by using a candle snuffer. It’s the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering. But of course you can also just blow it out. One thing is sure: never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.
- Before leaving the room, make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing, or it might relight itself. Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
Keeping these few things in mind, you are guaranteed to not only be safe, but also to get the most of out of your favourite soy candles. Just one thing left to do: enjoy the delicious scents and the golden glow!