Caring for your soy wax candles
Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource that is considerably safer than its counter partner, paraffin wax. Unlike other waxes on the market, soy has a lower melting point, because of this, your Luscent Candle Co. candle will burn longer and at a slower rate.
We at Luscent Candle Co. want to ensure that you're getting the maximum use out of your soy wax candles so we've put together a list of tips to keep you and your candle LIT.
CANDLE CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- First-time use: When lighting a soy candle for the first time, allow the wax to melt all the way to the sides of the container. Depending on the container size, this should take around 1-3 hours. Failure to do this will often cause "tunneling" which will limit the life of your new soy candle.*
- Four Hour Rule: Never leave a burning candle unattended or within reach of flammable objects, children, or pets. Do not burn more than 4 hours.
- Trim your wicks: Soy wax does not burn as hot as paraffin wax, so aim to trim your wick to about 1/4"/6-8mm before you re-light your candle. This will ensure a long-lasting candle, minimize soot, and remove any mushrooming of carbon at the end of the wick.
- Putting your flame out: Extinguish your candle by dipping the wick into the melted wax and straighten. This will stop the wick smoking and will help with re-lighting the next time. Please remember the candles are hand poured, not massed produced—and although every effort is made to ensure consistency, every candle will be a little different. When using completely natural soy wax, sometimes you may notice darker patches or "wet" spots in your container candles. This is not a fault, simply a small blemish where the wax has not adhered to the glass 100%.
- Soy has memory. If your candle is extinguished prior to allowing a full melt pool, all future melt pools will not go past the first one. Keep the wick trimmed to approximately 1/4”. When 1/2” wax remains, discontinue use. Clean jar with warm, soapy water, allow to dry and reuse.
- A trick to fix funneling: Use aluminum foil to fix tunneling if you already messed up. You can get rid of that unsightly tunnel by folding a piece of aluminum foil in half, wrapping it around the candle, and then folding it up over the flame like a tent (leaving a hole for it to get oxygen). Keep the foil on for about 30 minutes, and all of that built-up wax should be melted off the sides. Careful though that foil may be hot to touch.
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