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The Myth of Soot Free Candles

Soot Free Candles

If you are looking for soot free candles, I have some bad news for you. Despite what people tell you, there really are no truly soot free candles out there. Any open flame can smoke and cause soot under various conditions. However, it is true that some candles generate far more smoke and soot than others, especially those made with cheap materials in a factory setting.

We pride ourselves on offering an exceptionally clean-burning candle, due in part to our dedication to high quality, American-made materials. We make our candles with 100% soy wax, never using paraffin, stabilizers or other additives. Our all-natural wicks have no metal, only cotton and paper. We eliminated all dye, choosing instead to hand-paint the outside of our jars or adding exterior labels. Our materials, along with our meticulous attention to detail, ensure that our candles will burn as cleanly as possible.

However, a big part of the candle burning experience is in your hands.

To optimize the burn quality of your soy candle, follow these rules:

  • Trim your wick after every burn. This is the single most important thing to do. An untrimmed candle is unlikely to be a soot free candle. Aside from affecting burn quality, an unmanaged wick will eventually trim itself. As a result, the excess wick will collect in the bottom of your jar. It never looks good, and the debris can cause other issues. (With our breakaway wicks, you don’t need to use trimmers or scissors. Just let your candle cool completely, and break it with your finger. Click here for more info.)
  • Avoid drafts. Candles like to be left alone, and they produce more smoke if it’s windy. Soot free candles can be found away from fans and air vents.
  • Limit burn time to 4-5 hours. We’ve all done it. You light a candle, a few hours go by, and then you totally forget what time you lit it. And it smells so damn good it’s hard to put it out. However, keep in mind that power burning does not lead to soot free candles.
  • Snuff out the flame when you’re finished. A candle smokes most just after it is blown out. Use a candle snuffer to extinguish your flame. This will minimize afterglow and smoke.

Because we can’t guarantee you will follow these rules, we can’t guarantee that your candle will be soot free. However, we do handcraft our candles using a thoroughly tested and proven process, resulting in an exceptionally clean burning soy candle. If you ever have any questions or concerns, click here to reach out to us.