All-natural, 100% Soy Candles
Our line of homemade, hand-poured candles complement a variety of styles and home decor. Each candle is hand-poured into an 8 to 9 ounce glass jar, topped with a rustic or black lid (depending upon what is available from our supplier at the time of purchase), and decorated with a hang-tag that can easily be pulled off and discarded, if desired. The candle itself is made with 100% soybean wax, and has an all-natural cotton wick. The scents that we choose are free from harmful phthalates, and since we do not use any dyes in our soy candles, each candle will have a hue that can range anywhere between an off-white to a pale yellow, regardless of scent. The slight color variations are caused by the scents, and the color can deepen over time.
(We tried using titanium dioxide to help keep the candle wax a more uniform white color, but we just didn’t like how it negatively affected the performance of the wick. And since we do love the natural color created by the reaction of the soy wax to the fragrance oils, anyway, leaving the wax color as-is a win-win, in our opinion!)
About Hand-Poured Soy Candles
Part of the beauty of hand-poured candles, particularly soy candles, are the “flaws” that you don’t usually see with mass-produced, factory-made candles. These distinct characteristics are generally categorized into the following categories: lumpy tops, wet spots, frosting, and sinking.
> Lumpy Tops
The season and the ambient room temperature where the candle is being poured can effect the appearance of the top of the candle, and soy wax is particularly finicky when it comes to temperature. Some fragrance oils and essential oils can cause this, as well. Lumpy tops do not affect the performance of the candle, and after the first burning, the tops will smooth out.
> Wet Spots
A “wet spot” refer to an area on the candle glass that almost looks like there’s an air bubble between the wax and the glass, and it can occur even with factory-produced candles. But what has actually occurred is that the wax has pulled away from the glass. This can happen with a low pour temperature, but climate changes can also cause wet spots, even during transportation to your home. Wet spots do not affect the performance of your candle, however.
“Frosting” is the common term for “polymorphism,” something that naturally occurs with soy wax. “Frosting” is the process of the soy wax beginning to recrystallize and trying to return to its natural state, resulting in a powdery white coating on your candle. It is a perfectly natural reaction for soy wax, and all soy waxes frost. Some soy waxes have additives to prevent frosting; however, if you have a 100% natural soy candle, then you should expect frosting sooner or later. Frosting does not affect the performance of your candle.
Since soy wax is very finicky when it comes to room temperature, this is a common problem. Sinking usually occurs when the pour temperature is too low or if the room temperature is too cold, and it describes what happens when the wax cools too quickly: the wax on top begins to dry and cool, while the wax underneath is still warm. This causes the wax to suck down on itself as it continues to dry. If the sinking is not too pronounced (if it’s not tunneling down into the candle, in other words), a small amount of sinkage on top will not affect your candle’s performance, and after the first burning, the top will begin to smooth out.
So if your candle has a lumpy top, frosting, or a bit of sinking on one side or the other, then congratulations! You’re the proud owner of an authentic, home-made, hand-poured, all-natural soy candle! Light the wick and enjoy the long-lasting scent!
About Soybean Wax
– burns clean.
– produces measurably less soot than other waxes; when burned correctly it is virtually soot-free.
– has a longer burn time compared to paraffin waxes.
-is easier to clean up if the wax spills; simply use soap and hot water to get the wax out of carpets or upholstery.
– is a completely natural and renewable resource, and when buying our soy candles, you are helping to support farmers within the United States.
About Our Cotton Wicks
The wicks we use in our soy candles are 100% natural cotton wicks with no zinc core, and have been primed with vegetable wax rather than paraffin wax. They are a flat, coreless cotton wick, braided with thin paper filaments interwoven for burn stability. This braiding technique also greatly improves rigidity compared to standard cotton-and-paper cored wicks. The specially-treated paper threads provide a controlled curling of the wick, and although some trimming is usually required, there is minimized mushrooming, soot, and smoke compared to other wicks.
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