Candle Care / FAQ
CARING FOR YOUR CANDLES
- For the initial lighting, allow your container candle to create a full and even burn pool across the entire candle.
- Trim your candlewick to ¼ inch each time before burning.
- Keep burning candle away from flammable objects.
- Burn candle on a heat-resistant surface.
- Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches, and debris at all times.
- Keep candles out of the reach of small children and pets.
- Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
- Never touch a burning candle or move a candle while the wax is pooled.
- Make sure the candle flame is completely put out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving candle unattended.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
How Do I remove the last remaining wax from my candle?
If the remaining wax is liquid, we suggest to carefully pour the wax into a lined waste container. Never pour hot wax into your drain as it can cause clogging problems and/or damage garbage disposal. After the wax has been poured out, use a spoon or a butter knife to carefully unstick the wick from the bottom of the container. With a paper towel, wipe down as much of the excess wax as possible before cleaning out container with warm-soapy water.
If the remaining wax is solid, place container in freezer for a few hours. Once the container is cold to touch, use a spoon or butter knife to crack the wax up into small pieces to be discarded into the trash. If the wick tab is still stuck, carefully wedge the spoon or butter knife underneath to force it free. Once as much wax is removed as possible, wash out container with warm-soapy water. Be careful with how much wax goes down the drain because while it is a natural wax, it can still cause drain clogs or disposal damage.
Do I have to trim the wick?
Yes. Trimming the wick before each light to around 1/4 an inch insures the most effective burn. What does that mean? An effective burn means a smaller flame, a wider melt pool, and proper scent throw. With a smaller flame, your candle will last longer and create less soot. To trim your wick, you can use your fingers (and look like an ametuer) or use a gold wick trimmer located in our shop!
Why soy wax?
When we were first began experimenting with making candles, we were constantly making mistakes and nasty messes. We chose soy wax because it was incredibly easy to clean up. Like won't stain your clothes and leave a hard pancake in your carpet easy. Soy is also cheaper than paraffin wax, renewable, and grown and harvested here in the United States. However, what differs us from most other soy candle makers, is that we do not claim that soy wax burns "cleaner" than any other type of wax. While there are a lot of companies who will tell you that soy wax burns cleanly with zero emissions, there is unfortunately not enough data and peer-reviewed articles to back such a claim that soy is better in emissions and air cleanliness than others. In fact, we found a study (here) which claims that all waxes burn alike and with the same characteristics:
“The study found all of the waxes burned cleanly and safely, with no appreciable difference in burning behaviors. Their combustion byproducts were virtually identical in composition and quantity… far below the most restrictive of any applicable indoor-air standards.”