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June 03, 2021 3 min read

Candles are great staples to have at home to let fragrant scents waft and illuminate dark corners. They are great accompaniments to leisurely reading, remote working, and taking long baths. However, some candle varieties can also have negative effects on the environment due to their toxic biomaterials. So, if you want to get into this hobby and be a more conscious gift giver, it would be ideal to consider soy wax candles. 

What Are Soy Wax Candles? 

According to the National Candle Association,soy candles are clean-burning variety products made with vegetable oil, which can reduce carbon footprint. They can also boost the local agricultural sector and drive sustainable business activity. The best part is they can come in different infused scents and colors, allowing patrons like you to enjoy lighting them. You just have to know how to use them properly. 

How Can I Use My Soy Wax Candles Properly at Home? 

Since you are a first-time soy wax candle user, it is important to know a few guidelines to get the most out of every instant you light your favorite candles. Here are some tips to consider: 

Always cut the wick before lighting 

Watching candle wicks get engulfed in flames can be exciting to watch, but you may regret lighting them when they are too tall, which results in leaving ugly black burn marks. Letting this happen can even crack the candle glass container due to the hot liquid wax. Even with this in mind, some soy candle owners disregard wick cutting because it doesn’t produce black soot, but it can still heat the wax to a high enough temperature, leading to glass cracks. 

As a general rule, always trim the wick to approximately one-eighth to one-fourth inch before lighting them. You can use a wick trimmer or your toenail clippers since the scissors may not reach the wick up to the desired cutting angle. 

Don’t place your candles next to your HVAC vents or open windows

It may seem interesting to watch the candle fire dance as you blow on it gently or allow the wind to move it around. However, direct gusts from powerful sources are not ideal, like in front of air conditioners, windows, and electric fans. 

If you just let your soy candles stay lit in these breezy spots, the flames can easily snuff out, leading to excessive burning, uneven melting spots, and a significant amount of wax put to waste. Plus, if you have scented soy candles, the fragrance will just travel around the house and dispel quickly. So, as much as possible, keep the strong wind current away to enjoy your candles! 

Keep your candles lit for two- or three-hour intervals 

First-time candle users like you tend to light their candles and keep them that way for either too long or too short. If you let them burn out, they get too hot, break the glass container, and can be a fire hazard. On the other hand, short candle burning won’t let the scents develop, and it is not as enjoyable as it should be. 

To get the timing right, keep your candles lit for 2-3 hours. If you want to keep them on for longer, simply use other candles you have lying around for even wax burning. Meanwhile, when you have to shorten your candle burning time because you have to leave the house, you can do so, but use it longer for next time. 


Using soy candles for the first time at home is a wonderful way to enhance your living environment, especially with scents that you enjoy. You just have to be responsible with the type of candle you have and make an informed, eco-friendly choice. So, refer to this guide if you forget any of the tips, and don’t forget to either stock up on your personal candle collection or give them as gifts! 

Lovespoon Candles is your source for thebest soy candles. We have an array of lovely scented, decadent ones for gifts or personal use, like Lavender, Vanilla Bean, and Banana Nut Bread! Order yours today, and consider taking our online fragrance quiz to find the ideal candles for you and your friends!