Candle Care & FAQ's
By purchasing soy candles, you have chosen an eco-friendly and healthier alternative to the standard paraffin candle. Soy Scentual's soy candles are hand-poured and made from the highest quality soy wax, herbicide and pesticide free and grown in the United States. Unlike most other soy candle sites, I use cotton wicks that are primed with natural wax, not paraffin.
Remember your soy candle(s) were made exclusively for you. Soy takes time to absorb the fragrance and develop maximum scent throw. Please allow your soy candles to sit in a cool, dark place for at least 2 days before burning.
For all of the Soy Melt Lovers
- Always store your candles in a cool, dark and dry place.
- The first time you light your candle allow a "melt pool" to develop. A melt pool is melted wax from edge to edge of your container and at least 1/3 - 1/2 inch deep. Failure to allow development of this "melt pool" may cause your soy candle to tunnel, leaving unmelted wax on the edges.
- If you are having a problem with your wick smoking, extinguish your candle, trim the end slightly and allow your soy candle to re-harden before lighting again. This normally happens after a burn time of 5+ hours. Keep your wick trimmed to 1/4", Less than 1/4" will cause uneven burn and reduced scent throw.
- NEVER burn your soy candle in a draft and keep clear of fans, including ceiling fans. Burning in drafts causes an uneven burn and excessive soot.
- Avoid placing your soy candle in extreme heat or light conditions. Soy is a very soft wax and will melt in extreme heat. Both of these conditions will cause discoloration of your soy candle.
- Soy votives should be burned in a tight fitting container designed for that purpose. Failure to burn soy votives in a container will result in significantly reduced burn time and a mess. Our soy votives are not meant to be burnt as pillar candles.
- Burn your soy candles on a heat resistant surface, keep away from flammable objects, children and pets! Please do not move a candle while lit, this is an accident waiting to happen.
- Frosting is a characteristic of Soy Wax. Keep Soy Candles out of the cold. Soy Candles are very temperamental to temperature change and cold. Frosting on soy candles does not affect the way a soy candle burns nor does it affect the quality of your candle.
If you are using an electric melter, excessive watts will cause your fragrance to dissipate faster. Not enough watts and you do not get the throw you should. We recommend 20 watt melters. Be sure you get them with the removable top for easy clean up!.
To remove your used wax, place your warmer bowl in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove it and the used soy wax will pop right out! Be sure to let your warmer bowl return to room temperature before use.
Soy candles burn cleaner and longer than paraffin candles, and are better for the environment and the United States economy. We use only the finest fragrances that scent the air quickly and lasts throughout the life of the candle. These highly scented, hand poured soy candles are truly a healthier and environmentally friendly replacement to traditional paraffin candles. Soy candles are much cleaner burning candles compared to paraffin.
- Soy is an organic, renewable product which is good for the environment and supports the American farmers.
- Soy candles are non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.
- Soy candles have a more accurate scent throw- the scent you smell when you first open the candle is the same as when it is burning and will continue to be the same the last day you burn it.
- Soy candles burn approximately 20% longer than paraffin candles of the same size.
- Soy wax is also water-soluble, which makes it an easy clean up with just soap and water.
I have noticed several online Soy Candle sites state that their soy candles are soot free. There is no such thing as a "soot free" candle. Anything that burns produces soot. Soy candles do produce significantly less soot than paraffin and the soot in soy candles does not contain toxins.
Several candle sites will try to get your business by claiming that their candles are triple scented. They are basing this on the manufacturers standard of .02% per lb. of wax. Soy wax will hold .06% of fragrance/essential oil per lb. of wax. Adding the maximum amount of fragrance is the standard for the majority of handmade soy candles. Advertising a soy candle to be "triple scented" is just a selling strategy and in my opinion, a bit deceiving.
Beware of soy blends.
Candles containing as little as 25% soy wax and 75% paraffin wax can still be labeled as "soy".
Paraffin wax contains toxins, several of which have been identified as carcinogens. Most consumers are not aware that paraffin wax is a petroleum by-product. It is derived from the very bottom of the barrel. Paraffin contains toulene, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), and naphthalene. These are the same chemicals found in paint, lacquer and varnish removers. Always read thoroughly and if in doubt, ask!
Questions, comments, concerns? Feel free to Contact me. I would love to hear from you!