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Candle Maintenance




Are there any differences with Soy candles that I should be aware of?

 
Soy wax may occasionally release excess oil, especially if they are subjected to high temperature changes and this can occur when they’re shipped long distances.  If it does occur, you can just simply remove the oil with a tissue.
 
Frosting is something that is unique to Soy wax.  It is a natural characteristic of the wax and doesn’t mean it’s drying out, it’s just the natural crystal structure.  It simply means you have a pure soy candle which is a good thing.

How to burn your Karma Feeling Candle

Always trim your wick to ¼ inch above the wax (not when it’s lit, obviously).  Having the wick at that length will reduce soot.  Soy wax burns much cleaner than paraffin but you will always get some smoke if the wick is too long.  Don’t trim it too short or it might extinguish itself.  If this occurs, you can remove some of the wax so that that the wick has more room to burn but try to remove it in an even way across the top of the candle.

Always give yourself enough time on the first light to ensure that the wax liquefies to the sides of the glass (this should take around an hour or so).  Soy wax is pretty clever and has a memory so if you don’t do this, you will get wax left on the sides of the glass for the life of your candle, this is called tunnelling.  Soy wax burns at lower temperatures than paraffin so when you first light it, it will be 15 – 20 minutes before the scent is released. 

Don’t burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time.  There’s a reason for this!! If the depth of melted wax gets too great, you risk burning the fragrance out of the hot wax before it has been consumed which means it will smell weak the next time you light it.

When you've finished the candle or wax melt, it's always best not to pour the melted contents down the sink.  Certain fragrances can be harmful to aquatic life so you don't want it ending up in our rivers and streams!  If you pour hot water into the glass and then let it cool, any stray wax will rise to the top and you can just remove it that way - that's our tip of the day!