To care for your soy candles, start by trimming the wick to ¼ inch in length before lighting. This helps prevent the flame from becoming too large and causing the candle to burn too quickly or unevenly. Be sure to remove any excess wick trimmings from the candle surface to prevent them from catching fire.
When lighting a soy candle for the first time, allow it to burn until the wax has melted all the way to the edges of the container. This can take several hours, depending on the size of the candle. This helps prevent tunneling, where the candle burns down the center and leaves a ring of unmelted wax around the edges. Subsequent burns should also be long enough to melt the entire surface of the candle to prevent tunneling and ensure an even burn.
Soy candles are sensitive to drafts and air currents, so keep them away from open windows, fans, or air vents. If burning the candle outside, place it in a sheltered area away from wind and other sources of air movement.
When it’s time to extinguish the candle, use a candle snuffer or the lid of the container to smother the flame. Blowing out the candle can cause the hot wax to splatter and create an uneven burn. Once the candle is extinguished, let it cool completely before moving or relighting it.
Finally, store soy candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and strong odors or chemicals that could affect the fragrance or color of the candle.
By following these tips, you can properly care for your soy candles and enjoy a longer, more even burn, while also ensuring the safety and longevity of your candles.