Candle + Melt FAQs
What is soy wax?
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated.
The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature. The leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed. The U.S. grows the vast majority of the world’s soybeans, primarily in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.
What are the benefits of using soy wax?
Soy’s greatest advantage is that it is completely renewable. The only limit to the soy supply is how much is grown. Soy wax is also eco-friendly, American grown, sustainable, and carbon neutral. Much healthier for you, children, pets, and our environment.
Why use soy wax rather than other waxes?
Soy wax candles are cleaner burning. They do not increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere like paraffin candles do. Meaning they do not produce toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants so they’re less likely to trigger allergies and other potential hazards. Soy wax also does not produce petrol-carbon soot like you get from petroleum-based paraffin candles, which is unhealthy to breath in. Over time that soot can discolor your walls & furniture and stain the edges of your carpet.
How long will soy candles last?
Soy wax burns cooler which means that you can enjoy your soy wax candle + melt for generally 30-50% longer than a paraffin candle. Average burn time ranges from approximately 5-7 mins per ounce of wax.
Why is trimming the wick so important?
Keeping the wick trimmed to 1/4 of an inch at all times helps control the amount of “fuel” or wax that is present. By keeping the amount of fuel limited, the flame will create ideal complete combustion where carbon particles are absorbed by the flame. This means less soot is formed, no smoke, and a the maximum amount of scent while the candle is burning. Loose wick trimmings can be a fire hazard, so please make sure you remove any debris before lighting your candle.
How can you prevent the candle from burning down the middle "tunneling"?
Soy wax has a “memory burn” so for the first burn, light your candle and let it burn long enough to create a top liquid pool of wax that reaches the outer edge of the container. This takes about an hour per inch in diameter of the container. The next time you burn your candle, it will “remember” to burn outwards to the edge versus burning down in the middle.