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FAQs For Soy Candles

Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans, the majority of which are grown right here in the U.S. Soybeans are both a sustainable and renewable resource.

Once the soybeans are harvested, they’re cleaned and cracked and the hulls are removed. Then, they’re rolled into flakes. After that, oil is then extracted from the flakes. Then, the oil is hydrogenated, this converts the fatty acids in the oil from an unsaturated to saturated state, which is why the oil turns into a solid at room temperature. The leftover bean husks are often used as animal feed.

How to Care for Your Soy Candle

  1. Keep burning candles away from children and pets
  2. Don’t leave the burning candles unattended
  3. Always burn on a heat-resistant surface
  4. Don’t use the lid to put out your soy candle 
  5. Avoid placing candles in drafty areas 
  6. Don’t place soy candles in direct sunlight.
  7. Store candles in a cool, dry place. 
  8. Never burn candles near other heat sources
  9. Keep melted wax pool free of debris
  10. Keep wick trimmed to 1/4” to prevent soot and smoke
  11. Remove soy wax spills from smooth surfaces with warm soapy water.
  12. New candles should be burned the first time until they’re melted completely across the top. 
  13. Dispose of unwanted warm wax in a trash can or similar container. 
  14. Do not pour soy wax down the drain. It will clog your sink. 
  15. Smoking and flickering wicks or flames that become higher than 1”  should be extinguished with a wick dipper and allowed to cool for one hour before trimming and relighting. 

Why Does My Candle Look Discolored?

You may notice a slight change in soy wax’s natural white color to the tint of the fragrance that is used. And, there may be some “frosting” and your candle may look a little dry. This is caused by room temperature and it’s just the soy wax trying to return to its natural state. This effect doesn’t affect the quality of your candle, it’s just one of the unique properties of pure soy wax.  

Why Am I Seeing Bubbles and Sinkholes

One of the things we love about soy wax candles is their uniquely authentic rustic look. Sometimes, you may see bubbles on the surface or it may develop sinkholes, this is just another natural characteristic of pure soy. This is caused when a small amount of air becomes trapped during the pouring of the wax into its container.  So, it’s perfectly normal.

How to Fix Tunneling

Now, let’s talk about “Tunneling”. Tunneling is when the wick burns straight down the center of the candle, forming a tunnel.  As the wick burns further down into the candle, the flame begins to run out of oxygen, and it won’t stay lit. But there is hope!

You can easily prevent tunneling for a new candle by allowing the candle to burn for an hour for every inch of diameter.  In other words, if your candle is 3 inches (7.62 cm) in diameter, you’ll want to allow it to burn for about 3 hours before you extinguish the flame. This helps the wax pool extend to the edge of the container each time.

Now, to fix a candle that’s beginning to form a tunnel, wait till the wax cools a little. Next, take a spoon and gently remove excess wax down to the base of the wick.  Removing the wax will create a new wax surface. 

Now, wait till the wax completely cools, and then re-light the wick and continue using your candle. And, just like with a new candle, you’ll want to burn the candle for about an hour for each inch of diameter of the container. 

Soy Candle Storing Temperatures

Soy candles need to be kept in cooler temperatures. At temperatures above 85 degrees, you may notice the wax getting softer and oil will begin coming to the surface of your candle. 

You should avoid storing your candles in direct sunlight and ultraviolet light, so it’s best to cover your candle with a lid and protect it from temperature changes.  This is why we don’t overstock our candles. It reduces the time between production and delivery. 

These are all physical characteristics of soy, and it’s a sign that your candle is made with 100% soy wax.