WHY SOY WAX?
Soy candles are made from soybeans, a natural, renewable source. Using candles made from soy supports agriculture and farmers, allowing them to make money and grow their operations.
A candle made from soy wax burns cleaner with little soot released as the candle burns. Soy candles are also non-toxic, so they won't release toxins into the air as they burn.
Soy candles burn longer than a paraffin candle of the same size. The reason behind the longevity of soy candles is the slower burning time and cooler burning temperature of the soybean-based wax. You may pay more for a soy candle initially, but the longer-lasting burn means you won't have to buy new candles as often. Soy wax is also biodegradable, which not only helps the environment but also easier to clean if spillage was to happen.
Because they burn more slowly, the scent is gradually released; there won't be an immediate wave of strong scent. This creates a more pleasant atmosphere for most people.
The first burn is always the most important. Allow your candles melt pool to reach the edges of the jar to create a 'burn memory', this should take 2.5 - 4 hours. Doing so will ensure that your candle burns evenly while making its way down the jar. If this is not done, you run the risk of your wax tunneling.
Trim your wick after each burn to prevent soot.
The maximum amount of time you should let you candle burn in one sitting is 4 hours.
It goes without saying that an open flame – left burning unattended – can be dangerous. The law requires us to remind you, so when lighting up a candle, please be careful.
WHY DOES MY CANDLE LOOK LIKE THAT?
We aim to always send out a perfect looking candle, even with our efforts, some things can arise. These issues are only appearance based and does not affect the burn of your candle.
Frosting is a perfectly natural effect of using soy wax and is unique to vegetable waxes. It is the natural wax re crystallising and trying to return to its natural state.
All soy waxes frost and is a sign that you are using 100% natural soy wax. Some soy waxes have additives to stop this frosting however if you want a 100% natural product then expect frosting.
Frosting does not affect the performance of your candle.
Wet spots are caused by shrinkage and air bubbles that occur as the wax is cooling inside the container. Part of the wax pulls away from the glassware giving it this particular look.
Shrinkage is very common with soy, especially in cooler climates.
Bumpy tops after burn:
This occurs when the wax cools quickly. This is a purely cosmetic issue and doesn't affect future burns.
Vanillin is a primary component in vanilla bean extract and common element in fragrances. This product can cause discolouration over time. All candles with Vanillin content in the oil will say so in their description.
Another cause of discolouration is when a candle is exposed to direct or indirect light. It is best not to keep them on window sills for this reason.