What is The Big Difference Between a Soy Candle and a Paraffin Candle?
Paraffin wax is the final by-product of the petroleum refining chain. It’s what’s leftover…even after the asphalt is extracted!!! It releases potentially harmful pollutants in the air, including several known carcinogens. You may find that burning a paraffin candle leaves the surrounding furnishings and walls covered in a black residue. This certainly doesn’t seem like something you’d want to breathe in!
Soy wax is made from soy beans, a renewable resource grown here in the USA. This vegetable wax burns much cleaner and does not produce the toxins that paraffin emits. Soy wax burns at a lower temperature not only giving you a healthier environment but a longer candle burn time. Because of the lower burn temperature, soy candles will leave minimal residue on the sides of the container and will burn clean to the bottom of the jar.
Why does my soy candle look “frosty”? Is it drying out?
No, your candle is not drying out. Frosting is a natural characteristic of soy. It is not a flaw and is unique to pure soy candles.
How long should I burn my soy candle?
Soy wax should be allowed to achieve a full melt pool on its very first burn. This may take a few hours. This will help the candle to burn properly on subsequent burns. A Soy candle can become liquid all the way to the bottom if burned for a long period of time. It is best to extinguish before this happensas it may cause the wicks to come loose and float around.
How should I trim my wicks?
After burning you may notice a mushroom type head on your wicks. It is a build up of carbon. There is nothing wrong with the wick; it just needs to be trimmed before burning again. The best way to trim is using a fingernail clipper. Just snip off the mushroom heads and leave the wicks between ¼ and ½ inch long.