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Facts, Tips and Safety

Best Practices When Enjoying Your TELLiT Candle

Scent Strength - Realistic Expectations

Different oils give off different strengths of scent. Essential oils for example are more appreciated for their health benefits than their ability to strongly scent a room. Having said this, I blend only the highest quality, phthalate free fragrance oils combined with essential oils to achieve quality and fragrant candles.

Give Your Candle Some Space

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

Being sure there is enough air circulation around your soy candle is important. You don’t want to burn candles in a tight area such as on a bookshelf as you will not get full scent potential.

Candles Have a Memory (so be careful what you say!)

When you light your soy candle for the very first time, it is important to remember to burn it until the soy wax is melted across the entire top of the candle. For your candle this could mean 3-4 hours for the first time you light it. This allows your soy candle to get its full smell good potential! If a soy candle isn’t given a proper memory burn it will cause it to burn in a tunnel down the center and leave you with lots of wasted wax - and no one wants that!

Pro-Tip: If your candle tunnels, cut up the wax no longer reaching the wick and throw it in to your wax melter. Easy Peasy.

Wick Wonders

For an optimal burn keep candle wicks trimmed to a minimum ¼” and centered. Uneven burning can also be caused by off center wicks and drafty conditions. As mentioned above, 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. 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 the wick is trimmed, the wax pool is free of debris and the candle is in a draft free spot.

Burn baby burn

Remember safety first when burning a container soy candle. We would suggest any candle in a container be lit no more than 4-5 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 overheated and crack or even worse can cause a fire. 

Discontinue use of a candle when ½” of wax remains at the bottom of the jar. This will prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface or container itself. The glass can get hot on the bottom as the flame nears the base of the jar and most of the wax has been consumed and it can crack. 

Never put the lid under the candle as this is a fire hazard.

Understanding How Soy Candles Behave

Soy wax has its own charm and character. It’s a natural product and is created from the beans of the soy plant. Like any all natural product, It has no additives so it may react differently with various oils or ingredients. 

Frosting
Candles made from soy wax naturally have a “frosting” on the surface and around the candle. This frosting happens when the natural wax is recrystallizing and trying to return to its natural state. All soy waxes frost and is a sign that you are using 100% natural soy wax.

Wet Spots
Candles often have what look like "wet spots" on the candle. The wet spots are caused by shrinkage and air bubbles that occur as the wax is cooling inside the container. Part of the wax pulls away from the glassware and sticks to the container giving it this particular look. 

Color Changes
Because we do not use any additives you may notice your soy wax change in color. This is just cosmetic and won't affect the scent or burn quality of your candle.

All of these possible reactions are normal for soy and are only cosmetic so they don’t in any way affect how your candle smells or burns.

 

If you have any questions or just want to share your feedback, feel free to email us at: info@tellitcandles.com