So you just got a nice soy candle as a gift (Shen & Sam Co….hint hint). It is going to replace that candle that never lived up to its full potential. The candle that you are going to throw out was such a disappointment. There is so much wax left and you are asking yourself “How did this happen?” Well, we have the answer for you.
When you get that nice new soy candle, make sure that the wick (you know that little string in the middle) is neatly trimmed. We recommend that it be trimmed to a quarter of an inch. The next couple of steps are the easiest. Just light the candle and sit back and enjoy the ambiance of a soy candle. Now comes the hard part…its called patience grasshopper.
With this first burn of your candle, you will want to let it create a complete wet pool to the edge of the container. This can take anywhere from an hour to up to two and a half hours depending on the size of the container. Don’t try to help it along by tipping the container…I know it’s tempting but it will actually reduce the life of the candle. By letting the candle create a wet pool naturally, the candle is creating a memory effect that will help guarantee that the candle will burn to that point every time afterwards. This will help you reduce unmelted wax and the tunneling effect.
What is the tunneling effect? Well that is when the candle has lots of unmelted wax and it won’t burn past a certain point (which was established when you first burned it for a short period of time). The wick will burn straight down and the surrounding wax will not melt or liquefy.
Now that your candle is burning for the first time and created a complete wet pool, you can blow the candle out. Let the candle cool down and solidify before relighting it. We recommend that you don’t burn it more than four hours at a time (about the same time it takes to cook a 20 pound turkey). This helps prevent the candle wax from evaporating while burning.
You can do it now or later, but make sure you trim that wick back to a quarter of an inch (now its burned and black)…it will help get the most out of your candle when you want to light your candle again. Unless you want dirty fingertips, we recommend you use a nice wick trimmer or scissors to trim the wick. Just be careful not to let any of the burned wick fall into the melted wax. You want to keep that beautiful candle looking pretty.
We want you to enjoy your soy candle and once it has provided all of the ambiance and scent it can, it has a second life…as a nice little container. We’ll tell you how to clean and reuse our containers in a future post so stay tuned.