We use only natural Soy wax in our candles and 100% essential oils. This gives a lovely light fragrance to the air that you know is all natural with the added aromatherapy benefits of the beautiful combinations.
Why are natural candles better for you?
Soy candles are made from soybeans, a natural, renewable source. Paraffin candles are made from petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source that contains carcinogenic substances. These substances may be released into the air while burning.
A candle made from soy wax burns cleaner with little soot released as the candle burns. Paraffin candles often create a significant amount of black soot that collects on the jar, as well as on your walls and other surfaces of the home. The soy candle may accumulate some black soot on the jar, but the amount is much less than paraffin candles. Soy candles are also non-toxic, so they won't release toxins into the air as they burn.
Soy candles typically last 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, making it an investment that benefits the environment.
A soy candle works well for holding onto the scent from essential oils, which are often used to scent candles. 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.
How can I make the most of my candle?
Blending essential oils in candles is very difficult and before you receive your candle many trials have been conducted to make sure you have the best burn to your candle with the biggest scent throw possible. Essential oils are never going to be as powerful as synthetic fragrance however there are a few things you can do at home to make sure you make the most from your candle.
Trim the wick to about 5mm after each use.
It's super easy to forget but so important. This controls the amount of fuel (wax and oils) that reaches the flame when it burns, effecting longevity and scent throw. It also stops the mushroom top forming on the wick and helps prevent any soot from building up on your beautiful container.
You need to burn for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 hours.
Each burn you want the candle to burn to the edge of the container. which is most important on your first burn as it avoids tunneling. You need to be patient with your candle after the first burn as it will take longer to produce a scent throw. Ideally the melt pool should be around 5 – 10 mm deep.
Don’t burn in a draft
Burning in a draft is not only dangerous with an open flame but you will also lose a lot of the scent. Burn in a closed room to fill it with gorgeous aromas and make sure it’s not set on the opposite side of the room to you to make the most of it. Even when I burn at home some rooms seem to keep the fragrance better than others, I have no explanation for this. Fireplaces look beautiful with candles burning on them but save it for you unscented as the draft often carries the scent away. Please remember never leave your candle unattended or where pets and little ones can gain access.
Caring for my candle
Because there are essential oils in your candle they are best burnt within a year of purchase to make the most of the natural properties. Always keep them covered with the silver lid or in the box to keep dust and dirt from gathering on the wax top as this will impact the burn of your candle.
You may notice some variations in the color of soy candles or a white speckling, especially because we use 100% soy wax with no other additives. This is called “frosting”. It looks like small, whitish crystals that form on the top of the wax or the sides of the jar. It is similar to how chocolate sometimes forms that white frosted look. We try to minimize this as much as possible, but it is very normal for soy wax to do. 100% soy wax candles also tend to frost over time. This in no way affects how the candle burns or the quality its purely a visual preference and some people even look out for the frosting as a sign of a “true” soy candle.
Care and Safety
Never leave a burning candle unattended, or near anything that can catch fire. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Keep the wick upright and be sure the candle is placed on a heat-resistant surface. Keep the wax pool free of debris. Do not burn a candle for more than four hours at a time. Burn candles in a draft free, well ventilated area. Container may become hot during use. Never move a candle while it is burning. Place burning candles at least 10cm apart. Extinguish if the flame becomes too high, or when 5mm of wax remains. Ideally use a candle snuffer to extinguish your candle. Keep the wick trimmed to 5mm. When your candle isn’t in use, replace the lid to keep out dust and dirt and the wax clean.
Please familiarise yourself with the safety instructions on the box and base of your candle.