100% Pure American Soy Wax Candles, the new alternative to paraffin.
All Natural ~ Hand Crafted ~ Made to Order ~
Why Soy Candles?
Soy candles are made from soy wax, which is hydrogenated soybean oil. Soy
wax was invented in 1992 by Michael Richards who was looking for a less
expensive alternative to beeswax. Soy wax is mixed with fragrances and dye
to produce highly scented and colorful candles. I use only cotton wicks with
no metal cores. It's also fun and very rewarding making soy candles at home.
So I'm offering some of my candles for sale from my Web page. I hope you
enjoy them as much as I do.
Advantages of soy candles
Before soy, Beeswax was the only natural alternative to paraffin, and
beeswax is very expensive. Soy wax is a favorite of environmentally conscious
people because it is not made from petroleum.
Soy candles last longer - They can last up to 50% longer than paraffin
candles.Wax spills are easy to clean - It's very difficult to remove paraffin
wax from furniture or textiles. Soy wax spills can easily be cleaned up with
hot soapy water. Soy candles produce about 90% less soot that paraffin
Scented soy candles distribute more scent. Soybean wax has a lower melting
point than parafin, which translates into cooler burning candles and faster
scent dispersion. The lower melting point of soy wax results in a larger size
liquid pool around the candle wick. The essential oils evaporate into the
atmosphere from the wax pool.
Tips for burning soy candles: Candle Care and Safety Tips.
These tips will help you to get the most enjoyment out of your candle.
~ Never leave a burning candle unattended.
~ Keep burning candles away from children and pets.
~ Place candles on a protected, heat resistant surface. Hot jars and votive
holders can damage furniture.
~ Burn votives in proper glass holders, not free standing.The more snug the
fit of the votive container around the votive, the longer the candle will burn.
The liquid wax pool needs to be kept close to the flame for an effective burn.
~ Do not place near flammable objects, such as curtains, centerpieces,
lampshades, or under shelves or kithen cabinates.
~ Place burning candles away from vents, drafts, windows, ceiling fans, or air
conditioners. A flickering flame will contribute to smoking and sooting and
shorten burn time.
~ Keep wicks trimmed to ¼ inch to avoid carbon build up on the (known as
mushrooming). Keeping the wick trimmed keeps the flame at the right height,
which is essential for a longer burn time.
~ Trimming of the wick should be done every time you light the candle and not
just after the first burn.
~ If the wick becomes too short and the liquid pool begins to drown the flame,
extinguish the flame, pour of some of the melted wax, and relight.
~ Do not allow the flame to touch the side of a container. This may cause the
glass to crack or break.
~ Never extinguish a candle by placing the lid on a burning jar, this will cause
the smoke and heat to build up and may cause the jar to break. Allow the
candle to cool before replacing the lid.
~ To extinguish, use a candle snuffer, a shot glass, or push the wick into the
melted wax, you then pull it out of the wax before it hardens again. This
~ If a wick moves off center, use a butter knife to gently push the wick back to
the center while the wax is still soft. Keep wick centered and straight for an
~ Clean up soy wax from holders by running under hot, soapy water.
~ To minimize wax left on the sides of the jars or holders, burn candles 1
hour for each inch of it's diameter to allow the flame time to melt the wax to
the outer edge. Burning less time will cause the candle to form a hole down
the middle and shorten the burn time. Example, a 4" candle should be burned
for 4 hours at a time.
~ Store candles in a dry, cool place. Never freeze candles as this will cause
the wax to crack.