Get acquainted with soy candles. Right here on this page you will find some handy information on their use and care. Some of my favorite websites are listed below.
A little bit of background...
Soy candles are made from the wax of the soybean plant. Soybeans are grown and harvested on agricultural farms, so when you buy these natural wax candles you are supporting the soybean farmers.
Soy wax is eco-friendly because it's a renewable resource and completely bio-degradable...drips, spills and containers clean up with soap and hot water.
Soy wax candles don't release pollutants in your home like paraffin candles do. They burn longer than paraffin candles, are practically soot free, non-toxic and environmentally safe. Most have all cotton or paper-core wicks...no lead in the wicks like many of the paraffin wax candles.
Here is some information and a few tips in caring for your soy candles so you can get the maximum enjoyment possible...
Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Trim the wick to 1/4-1/2 inch each time before burning. Soy wax does not burn as hot as paraffin wax, so soy wax candles require a thicker wick, which does't burn completely leaving a mushroom on top.
After each burn, trim the mushroom from the wick to maximize burning efficiency and minimize soot.
Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch on fire.
Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Carefully read and follow the manufacturers' instructions.
Always use an appropriate candleholder.
Keep burning candles away from drafts and air currents.
Extinguish a candle if it flickers, smokes or has a high flame. All you have to do to get your candle burning normaly again is to let it cool, trim the wick, check for drafts, then re-light.
Keep the wax pool free of debris; wick trimmings, matches, etc.
Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
Never touch or move a candle if the wax is liquid.
Burn your jar candles until they are melted completely across the top to the sides of the jar. A rule of thumb is...one hour per inch. This will prevent tunneling. That is when the burning wick makes a hole down in the center and leaves wax on the side of the jar. Allowing your candle to melt completely across the top releases more fragrance, too. It's important to do this the first time you burn your jar candle because soy candles have a memory and will continue burning to the edge this way. This doesn't apply to pillar candles.
Do not pour wax down the drain!!!! It will, for certain, CLOG YOUR SINK! Just pour the melted wax into a disposable container, let cool then dispose of properly.
Don't burn a candle all the way dry. Leave at least 1/4 inch of wax in the container to prevent it from getting too hot on the bottom.
Do not burn a candle longer than 6-7 hours at a time. Pillar candles no longer than 2 hours.
Eco-Friendly Soy Candles contribute to a cleaner, healthier home environment while still allowing for the warmth and ambiance of candle burning traditions.
I visit these websites below regularly. They are tops on my list. Check them out for all kinds of soy candles, pillars, jar candles, votives, unscented-to-richly scented and more...