How To Burn A Soy Candle The Right Way
Has Soy Candle Burning Become a Big Task?
Here's How to Not Let It 'Burn' You Out!
Imagine elevating the ambiance of your home with a fragrant burning candle that looks aesthetically pleasing as it burns. Unfortunately for most, this is not the case when they purchase soy candles. Instead, they spend time paying attention to the flickering flame, wondering why it's not burning right.
Many say soy candles do not burn right; however, they probably just don't know how. Luckily for you, you don't have to hit the panic button just yet. If you want to learn how to burn a candle the right way and make them along lasting, simply follow our candle burning guide below!
Mastering The Art of Candle Burning
Candle burning is an art, and like all arts, it takes practice to get the most out of them.
Here are three candle burning tips to get you started:
- Wick Trimming – The Golden Tip
According to experts, the most crucial step in candle burning is trimming the wick before lighting it. And by before lighting it, we mean every time you burn it.
For the first burn, trim the wick so that only 0.5 cm remains above the wax. After each burn, remove the soot build-up that remains around the wick. This removal will ensure a smooth burning candle and no smoke. Use a pair of small scissors or a wick trimmer to get the job done with precision.
- The Melt Pool Should Reach the Edges
Many people will make the mistake of extinguishing the candle before the upper melted wax layer reaches the edges of the container. Unfortunately, this creates a tunnel around the wick. As a result, every time you light up the candle, only the wax around the wick will burn, leaving an ugly-looking, half-melted candle with wax on the sides of the container.
The solution? Let the candle burn continuously for 2-3 hours on its first burn and let the pool of wax melt right up to the edges of the container. This is to form a memory for the candle, and all your subsequent burns will follow suit – no more tunnels.
- The 4-Hour Rule
The most overlooked aspect of candle burning is overburning it. Our expert tip? Never burn your candle for over 4 hours.
Over-burning will cause soot collection, resulting in smoke that masks the fragrance of the candle and an irritating flickering flame. Moreover, most candles come in glass containers which may crack due to excessive collected heat if you burn your candle for too long.
The 4 hours rule of keeping the candle lit will also ensure your candle is long lasting. You will also be surprised when issues like "my candle won't stay lit" are eliminated.
Candle Burning Mistakes to Avoid
While following the tips above can instantly enhance your candle burning experience, you need to do a little more to get the most out of your candles. Here are some candles burning mistakes you should steer away from.
- Do not burn candles in the path of a draft or breeze. A small gust of air may burn something within your space and quickly escalate into a disaster.
- Always place a burning candle on a solid table or an evenly surfaced fire-resistant shelf to prevent it from falling over or, worse – burning something.
- Keep the candles out of the reach of curious children and pets to avoid accidents.
- When the wax is about 1.5 cm thick at the bottom of the candle container, it's time to get rid of the candle. Instead, you can recycle the remaining soy wax by using it as a natural moisturizer for your skin.
- Store the candles in a cool and dry place to prevent melting and fading.
- Once the container has cooled down after burning, place a lid on top to prevent dirt, dust, or debris from sticking to the candle. This will avoid an unpleasant experience on your next burn.
Choosing The Right Candle
Knowing what to do and what not to do when burning your candle is excellent. However, if you choose the wrong candle, your experience may not be as enjoyable as you would want.
There are a few factors to consider when selecting a candle, such as the wax-to-fragrance balance, the wick's quality, and the kind of wax used. Natura Soy candles are an excellent choice for those looking for a natural and safe option. Unlike other candles, our's are made from natural ingredients and essential oils, offering you an aromatherapy, toxic-free, clean burning experience.
However, not all soy candles come equal. Some come mixed with harmful ingredients such as toxic chemical dyes and additives. Therefore, before taking the plunge on your next soy wax candle purchase, it is wise to make sure you buy them from a trusted supplier. This keeps you and your family safe and provides you with a phenomenal, clean burning experience. Here at Natura Soy, our 100% natural, biodegradable, and toxic-free soy candles tick all these boxes.
A lot more goes into burning candles than just lighting them up – from ensuring that the wax pool reaches the edges of the candle on the first burn to trimming the wick and avoiding over-burning. However, for a candle to burn right in the first place, it must be made using the right ingredients. Moreover, knowing what goes into your candles before making a purchase goes a long way in keeping you safe from exposure to harmful toxins.
At Natura Soy, we offer a variety of 100% natural soy wax candles made with nature-derived essential oils. The result is a long-lasting, balanced scented candle with a fragrance lasting until the last burn.
However, the power of a fragrant candle is best experienced by giving it a try. Visit our store today to discover the aromatic experiences we offer.
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