Why Soy and Cotton?
- Soy wax is derived from vegetables, while its counter parnter, paraffin wax is dervived from petroleum (a refined gasoline product).
- Soy candles are non-toxic, so they won't release toxins into the air as they burn.
- Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource.
- Soy wax is biodegradable and cleans up with just soap and water.
- Soy wax has a lower melting point and because of this, soy candles will burn slower and longer than paraffin candles.
- Soy wax burns with zero petro soot, creating soot free candles.
- We only use cotton wicks because they burn "clean" and are not cored with lead or zinc.
- Using candles made from soy supports local agriculture and farmers.
Candle Burning 101
When lighting your candle for the first time, it is very important to allow approximately 1 hour of burn time per inch of surface diameter, or until your canle has a complete melt pool, before extinguishing.
A melt pool is when your candle melts from edge to edge of your jar. It will keep your candle from tunneling down the middle.
The Trick Is In The Wick!
All candle wicks can "mushroom", causing excessive flickering and/or smoke. That's why C + H Candles are designed to be trimmed to 1/4" prior to each burn.
Trimming your wick is not only a safe practice but helps to:
- Minimize "mushrooming".
- Prevents wick from curling back into the wax.
Directions: Use a sharp wick trimmer or pair of scissors to trim the wick. Using a dull tool could split the threads causing the wick to mushroom excessively.
Weak Flame? High Flame? Why Did The Wax Color Change?
Weak Flame = Wick is trimmed too short
If you trim your wick too short, or it has broken off at the base of your candle, your flame may become weak or may drown out in the wax. To fix the problem, extinguish the flame and carefully pour off some excess liquid wax into a safe, heat resistant, container and then relight. Your flame should come back to life so you can continue to enjoy its wonderful aroma.
High Flame = Untrimmed wick or draft
If the flame becomes too high or flickers repeadedly your candle is more then likely the victim of a draft or it's time to trim the wick. Be sure to extinguish the candle before trimming or moving it's location.
Wax Color Change = It's a chemical reaction
We use the maximum amount of fragrence in our candle recipes so it's not uncommon to see a change in the wax color due to a chemical reaction that happens while your candle is burning. There's absolutley nothing wrong with your candle and it will continue to warm your home with its wonderful scent.