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 – this means it will scent your space amazingly. 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.
Room Size Guide:
Large Jars = 576 sq ft room
Medium Jars = 256 sq ft
Small Jars & Travel Tins = 120 sq ft
SoyTarts / Wickless Jars = 576 sq ft
*based on 8 ft ceiling height with minimal drafts; sizes are maximum room size values
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 scent in your space. 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 “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 of our 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.
Remember safety first when burning a 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 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.
Travel Tins or any other metal containers will become hot. Be sure to protect the surface of where the candle will be placed. We like to use a stone coaster or tile. Never put the lid under the candle as this is a fire hazard.
Soy wax has it’s own charm and character. It’s a natural product and is created from the beans of the soy plant and other natural botanical ingredients. Candles made from soy wax naturally have a frosting throughout and often times, on the surface. Frosting on soy candles does not affect the performance of the candle. Another soy nuance is something the industry calls “wet spots” which appear between the glass and wax. These are also normal and will not affect the performance of the candle.
SWCC does not use additives to prevent these natural characteristics. After each session you may notice a “ring” around the top of the candle. This is perfectly normal and does not, in any way, affect the candles performance.
For an optimal burn keep candle wicks trimmed to a minimum ¼” and centered.
Uneven burning can be caused by off center wicks and drafty conditions. Try moving your soy candle to a draft-free location if you experience uneven burning.
Be careful not to trim your wick too short or the flame will drown.
Want less smoke when extinguishing your candle? Don’t we all? Extinguish the wick by dipping it in the wax. Use a specialty wick dipper, skewer, spoon or other long item to dip the wick in the wax pool. Be sure to straighten the wick afterwards so it’s ready for the next session.
No candle can be completely soot free, but properly made soy wax candles create less soot than traditional candles.
If you are experiencing soot with your soy candle, make sure this wick is trimmed, the wax pool is free of debris and the candle is in a draft free spot.