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Soy Candle Burn Time for Glass Containers


Remember safety first when burning a glass container soy candle. You should never burn any candle for more than the recommended time specified by the manufacturer. At SWCC, we would suggest any candle in a glass container be lit no more than 4 hours at a time, and then allowed to cool completely before re-lighting. Burning a soy candle for longer than the recommended time could cause the glass to become over-heated and crack.

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Did you know that Candles Have a Memory?

When you light your soy candle for the very first time, it is important to remember that it has a memory.

You should burn your soy candle for 1 hour for each inch of its diameter; until you receive a full melt pool (soy wax is melted across the entire top of soy candle). For example: a soy candle 3 inches in diameter should be burned for three hours to establish its memory. This allows your soy candle to get its full melt pool which will increase the scent throw of the soy candle. If a soy candle isn’t given a proper memory burn it will cause your soy candle to burn in a tunnel down the center causing poor scent throw and wasted product.

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Scent vs Space

Small to medium candles will rarely fill a large sized room with fragrance. Tall ceilings over 8 feet will require larger or multiple candles for the desired amount of fragrance.

Room Size Guide based on 8 ft ceilings with minimal to no drafts:

  • Large Jars = up to 576 sq ft room
  • Medium Jars = up to 256 sq ft
  • Small / Mini Tumbler = up to 100 sq ft
  • Votive/Tealight Pairs = up to 64 sq ft
  • SoyTarts / Wax Potpourri Melts = up to 576 sq ft

If your candle has been burning for at least an hour and you still don’t feel your soy candle is fragrant, try leaving the room where the candle is burning for a few moments and then come back inside (or walking outside to fresh air). Our sense of smell has a memory too and “gets used to” fragrances when exposed to them for any length of time. Try putting your soy candle in a bathroom or smaller space to determine if the candle truly has limited or no scent. All candles are fragrant when burned in appropriate conditions and in appropriate sized rooms.

Drafts and/or extreme temperature changes can cause your candle to burn uneven and the fragrance will disperse leaving a poor aroma. Try moving your candle to a draft-free location if you experience uneven burning.

Be sure there is enough air circulation around your soy candle (do not burn candles in a tight area such as on a bookshelf) as you will not get a good aroma.

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New Fragrances

Coming in January:

Ginger – duplication of Origins’ fragrance. Amazingly fresh and strong. Fresh ginger notes enhanced by notes of nutmeg, lime, lemon, and black currants. Middle notes of jasmine, base notes of white musk

Yuzu – Japanese grapefruit. Yuzu begins with top notes of mandarin, tangerine, lemon satsuma, and ruby red grapefruit, middle notes of bergamot, and base notes of oakmoss.

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Production Delay

Due to the busy holiday season we are currently expecting an additional 2-3 days added to each product’s production time. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about delivery times. Thank you for your orders and patience.