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May 14, 2021 3 min read

soy wax candles

If you’ve ever looked online for the best ways to relax, unwind, and destress after a long, hectic day, you’ll always find a recommendation to light some scented soy candles. These portable powerhouses of light and wellness instantly transform a space and transport you into a private sanctuary where you can reconnect with yourself and get some much-needed rest. As a bonus, they often come in many different scents, allowing you to sink into blissful peace once you light one up.

However, you may be wondering about the best ways to care for your soy wax candle and make it last as long as possible. Caring for them properly will ensure that you enjoy your candles for much longer, get the most value out of them, and retain their aroma. Here are five tips to keep in mind:

1. Cut the Wick After Every Light

One of the best ways to care for your soy wax candles is to trim the wick to ⅛ of an inch before you light it, especially for the first time. Although you’re probably excited to illuminate your brand new candle, you’ll have to trim it first to prevent potholes from forming in your candle. It’s ideal to do this with wick trimmers, but you can also use scissors if you don’t have any nearby. Take the trimmings out from the wax as well to ensure a smooth, clean burn. Additionally, ensure that the wick is in the middle when you light it so that the candle melts evenly.

2. Let the Whole Top Melt

When you first light your candle, you should allow it to burn until the wax has melted evenly from the wick to the candle’s edge. That means allowing the entire top of the candle to melt, which means you’ll have melted wax covering the inside of the jar. Doing this will take some time, so be patient. That way, you won’t have annoying potholes or memory circles, which are named because candles will melt the wax within the ring, creating a tunnel. You’ll achieve a smooth, even, and clean look for your soy candle.

3. Never Leave Your Lit Candle Unattended

Leaving your soy candles burning but unattended is the fastest way to experience a house fire! Even if you’ve put it into a safe space away from flammable materials, it’s important to supervise all lit candles. Attending to your candle will also make sure you don’t burn it all the way down, using up your precious soy candle in one sitting. 

4. Avoid Letting the Candle Flame From Getting Too High

Allowing your scented soy candles to burn too high will cause them to burn unevenly while dusting your candle holder with dust and soot. Your candle should be burning in an upright, teardrop shape; if it is flickering and burns too high, that means your candle isn’t burning properly, resulting in an uncontrolled flame. To avoid this, put the candle out, allow it to cool, trim the wick, then analyze your surroundings for drafts before lighting it again.

5. Extinguish Your Candle Properly

It may be tempting to extinguish your soy candle the way you blow a birthday cake, but it’s best to dip the wick in wax or use a snuffer instead. Alternatively, you can use a wick dipper to extinguish the flame. Doing so will prevent your candle from producing smoke and soot while ensuring your candle retains its fragrance. You can also extinguish the candle by an open window.

Conclusion

Lighting fancy candles at the end of a stressful workday is a great way to center yourself and relax. By following these tips, your soy wax candles will burn beautifully and last a long time, giving you a soothing ambiance whenever you need it.

Lovespoon Candles sells deliciouslyscented soy candles like banana nut bread, chocolate fudge, and cinnamon buns that delight your senses and transform your home atmosphere. Our large selection of premium soy candles is also available for wholesale. Contact us today to learn more about our best-smelling candles!


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