I have put together some great tips for caring for your natural soy wax candles. I hope you have had a chance to try one of my Melton candles that I create in my studio in South Georgia! You will notice that soy wax candles have a more "rustic" look to them due to the natural makeup of the wax - this in no way affects the way your candle will burn. There are however some factors that will affect the appearance and performance of your candle so here are a couple of great burning tips.
- 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.
- Soy wax candles require a thicker wick due to their higher melting point - aim to trim your wick to about 1/4" before you re-light your candle. This will minimize sooting and will remove any mushroom of carbon on the end of the wick.
- To extinguish your candle, try dipping the wick into the melted wax with a toothpick and then straighten the wick back once candle is out. This will stop the wick from smoking and will help with the re-lighting process!
Keep in mind that all of my candles are hand made, therefore they will all be slightly different. Enjoy their uniqueness and feel comfort in the fact that you are burning a carbon neutral, environmentally friendly candle.
Laura Mathis, owner of The Melton Company, LLC