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February 19, 2021 6 min read

Lovespoon Candles, Maker of High End Hand Poured Soy Candles

What makes our hand poured scented candles so special?

First of all, they are made by an awesome lady from Wales in the United Kingdom. The hand poured candles are hand poured soy which is actually from 100% soy wax, with an eco-friendly cotton wick and lovely fragrances. Which means, these poured soy candles are eco-friendly and sustainable.

Paraffin candles vs Soy wax candles

Most candles are made of paraffin wax. As you may (or may not) know, paraffin wax is a petroleum by-product created from a sludge waste after the crude oil refining process. Sounds pretty gross, doesn't it? On top of that, paraffin contains some really nasty and highly toxic chemicals, such as toluene and benzene. Of course, burning a paraffin candle won’t kill you immediately, but in some cases, it can actually lead to health complications. To avoid any health issues that may arise, we decided to go the safe way and use hand poured soy wax.

Soy wax is made of natural soy oil, which is extracted from soy beans. Soy wax, unlike paraffin, is eco-friendly, non-toxic, sustainable and what’s even better – totally renewable! It also burns cleaner and – thanks to the lower melting temperature of soy wax – way longer.

Unlike paraffin-based candles, soy wax candles don't produce petrol-carbon soot when burning. Remember the powdery black stains that some candles leave sometimes? This is especially important for those of you who have asthma or any other breathing problems. In general, if you want to keep your lungs and house "pollution-free", you should definitely avoid paraffin candles. And one more thing – you won't find any synthetic fragrances in our poured soy candles, only natural essential oils

Essential Oils vs Synthetic fragrance oils

Do you know that feeling when you burn a candle and its scent completely and utterly overtakes a room, if not the whole apartment? I myself am not a huge fan of overwhelmingly strong chemical scents, they make me feel nauseated and cause headaches.

Most candles are made with synthetic fragrance oils. It is cheaper, and the scent is stronger, compared to essential oils. On the other hand, synthetic oils are also derived from petroleum. Remember paraffin wax? Ok, let's be real here, is not a good sign. Again, candles with synthetic fragrances are not going to kill you, but if you have allergies, you might want to stay away from these.

Our essential oil, as you might have guessed, is a natural product, usually plant-based, and has a subtler scent. The scent of our hand poured candles you can find at Lovespoon Candles are still strong enough to fill the whole room with your preferred aroma, but it won’t overwhelm you.

Why so expensive?

If you are wondering why our scented hand poured candles are more expensive than your average store candle, here is why.

They are not mass produced in China but are handmade in the USA, created with great care and love by people and not machines. The soy candles went through quite a lot of trial and error until we finally figured out the right scents, cotton wicks and pretty much everything else.

Another reason is that we tried to make these soy candles as eco-friendly and recyclable as possible. I always try to do my best to avoid synthetic components. At Lovespoon Candles, we use the best, natural materials, which sometimes can be a little bit pricey. But it is totally worth it! 

Another cool thing about our soy wax scented candles – after you burn your soy wax candle, you can simply wash the glass jar with some soap and warm water, and voilà! You have a cute storage jar, that can be used as a pencil or make-up brushes holder, or a tiny vase for flowers, or whatever you like.

And that’s why our soy wax scented candles cost a bit more than a regular candle you can find in your local Target.

What if I have allergies?

As you can see, the materials used in our soy wax candles are 100% natural. We also have one customer who reacts heavily on chemical perfume and chemical scents of all kinds. She mentioned the soy wax candles are okay for her. But, even though we’d like to say our candles are non-allergenic, we simply can’t do that. In the end, it really depends on what kind of scent would actually trigger your allergy. So, I’d be cautious and order only ONE to try it out. Try it carefully.

Your health is important. If you react to any of the soy wax candles at Lovespoon Candles, please let us know and we’ll try to include a warning for the scent. Which hopefully won’t happen. But better be safe than sorry.

How to burn the candle correctly

You just received your soy wax candle and you can’t wait to light it up the cotton wick. Sometimes it doesn’t work on the first try, but don't give up. Just like lighting up a wood for your campfire, a cotton wick might need one more try. Make sure you light up the cotton wick across the surface, not just from one side and try again till the flame decides to remain.

After you lit your candle's cotton wick, keep it burning for good 2-3 hours. You need to let the soy wax melt out to the candle borders. This initial burn is very important. Especially, if you don't want to have a little tunnel in the middle of your natural soy candle that becomes deeper and deeper every time you burn the candle. As you can imagine, the lower the tunnel goes, the harder it will get to melt the natural soy wax properly.

For those of you who are wondering for how long you should burn a natural soy wax scented candle, the general rule is no longer than 2-3 hours. After 2-3 hours you might start feeling "overloaded" with a natural soy wax candle scent, similar to how you feel in a makeup store after trying 12 different perfumes in a row. Besides, if you burn your natural soy wax candle for no longer than 2-3 hours at a time, you get many days to enjoy your luxurious Lovespoon Candle.

The basic safety rules

  • Don’t carry a burning natural soy wax candle around. Nobody wants to spill liquid wax all over the place.
  • Make sure to keep a burning natural soy candle away from drafts.
  • Don’t light a natural soy candle up and leave it unattended. Or, even worse, fall asleep. Who knows what might happen. Especially, if you have small kids or pets.
  • I know it smells fantastic and yummy, but please don’t try to eat it!

Now that you know how to take care of you natural soy scented candle, you can fully enjoy your soy candle. And remember, you can always flip your soy candle before burning to check the instructions!              

What kind of scents we have

So currently we have 33 soy candle scents for almost everyone. Each soy candle has a very unique scent. From banana nut bread to vanilla bean to lavender to lemon verbena, we have you covered with any soy candle option you choose here at Lovespoon Candles.

Fun facts about the hand poured candle

And before you go, here are some fun facts for you about a poured candle.

Quite obviously, back in the day, a hand poured candle played a really huge role in everyday lives of people, as it was the only source of light. Gradually, they were replaced by kerosene lamps, and later got the “second life” in interior design. Nowadays a hand poured candle is used mostly for decorative purposes to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.

Aside from being the primary source of light, for quite some time, a hand poured candle was also used as a clock. So-called hand poured candle clocks were burning for a set number of hours, and the whole length of the hand poured candle was divided in certain time intervals. So, if you wanted to “set” an alarm clock in a way, you would put a nail in your hand poured candle, and when it burns to that point, the nail will fall off, clink and notify you about the time.

Earlier I mentioned that there are a lot of different types of waxes used in making candles. But did you know that in earlier days candles were made mostly using bees wax and animal fats (for example, cow fats), plant oils and sometimes even oils derived from insects? Another widely used source of wax was obtained from whales. Not very animal-friendly, isn’t it?

And here is the last one - did you know that the term “candle” comes from the Latin word “candere”, which means “to shine”?

Now you're equipped with all knowledge you need to appreciate and enjoy these beautiful candles. Go ahead, light up yours or if you haven't gotten one yet, you can order it at Lovespoon Candles.