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Organic Soy Candles – Why They Don’t Exist

Organic Soy Candles

organic soy candles are as real as unicornsWe do not make or sell organic soy candles. In fact, no one does. Any candle maker who claims to sell organic soy candles has either been misinformed or is being dishonest. While 100% soy wax is a great, all-natural wax choice, soy candles should never be labeled organic. The truth is that no one in this business has access to organic soy candle wax, and there are a few reasons why that is the case.

For starters, less than 1% of the soy produced in the United States is grown organically. That percentage is so low because growing soy requires huge farms, and operating an organic farm is really hard to do. On top of that, the USDA does not make it easy to obtain an organic certification. Once you meet their strict requirements, it takes over 3 years to become officially certified. Do you really think a farmer is going to jump through all those hoops just to unload their product on a wax manufacturer? Not a chance. They’re going to get top dollar for that delicious organic edamame, and I don’t blame them.

Secondly, soy wax is hydrogenated. Pure soy oil, after being isolated from the rest of the plant, is liquid at room temperature. Just like other vegetable oils, the unsaturated fatty acids in soybean oil need to be converted into saturated fat in order to remain solid. This means that soy wax, by definition, is hydrogenated soybean oil. Hydrogenated oils cannot be labeled organic. So, even if you can afford to purchase large amounts of organic soybean oil, turning it into candle wax would be a preposterous waste of time and resources.

Don’t get me wrong, this candle maker is a big advocate of natural and organic food. I also completely understand why someone would want an organic soy candles. In fact, I hope to offer an organic alternative in the not-so-distant future; it will just require different types of wax. However, in the realm of scented soy candles, our products are as close to natural as you are going to find. Our wax contains no petroleum, dyes, emulsifiers or other additives. Our wicks have no metal core, only natural cotton and paper, and our fragrances never contain phthalates.

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Triple Scented Soy Candles – Don’t Believe the Hype

Triple Scented Soy Candles

triple scented soy candles are lies


Fragrance is a top concern among candle buyers. You are investing in a scented candle, so naturally you want the fragrance to fill a room. Unfortunately, you never really know the truth until you burn it. So, dishonest companies will often try to reel you in by claiming that their candles have an unusually high amount of fragrance. First it was “double-scented”, now it’s “triple scented soy candles.” No matter how they word it, it’s all complete nonsense. Triple what? You can’t triple something without telling us the starting point. Sure, if you started with a 2% fragrance load, then you decided to bump it up to 6%, technically you tripled it. However, a 2% fragrance load is an absurdly low starting point. That’s like a restaurant saying, “You get triple the fries with your meal. We used to give you 2, but now we give you 6!” No one cares. They want a reasonable amount of fries. Just like they want a reasonable amount of fragrance.

The Facts:

Soy wax, like everything else, is subject to certain rules of nature. In this case, we’re dealing with fat, or oil. Soy wax is simply the hydrogenated fat derived from soybeans. Essential oils and fragrance oils, as you might have guessed, are also oil-based. The cool thing about different oils is that they play really nicely together. With the proper ratios, they blend marvelously. However, too much of a good thing can be trouble. In this case, when you bring too much fragrance oil to the mix, the excess will leach out of your wax and separate. When it happens a little, we call this “sweating.” When it happens a lot, we call it amateur candle making.

I bring this up to make a clear point about parentages. Soy wax manufacturers will tell you the maximum amount of fragrance a wax will hold. It is around 12% for a true soy wax. Some of our fragrances warrant that amount, others a little less, depending on other factors. However, exceeding that percentage is pointless, as the wax simply cannot hold the excess oil. Thus, when a company claims to make triple scented soy candles, they must be comparing them to candles with a 4% fragrance load. Which no one makes.

It’s also important to note that fragrance throw is achieved through numerous factors. The actual ratio of wax to fragrance is only one part of the equation. The type and quality of the fragrance is a big factor, as is the type and quality of the wax. The diameter of the container, and thus the diameter of the melt pool, is highly significant. Also, there are methods used by the candle maker throughout the process that will have a big impact. So, simply dropping the maximum amount of fragrance into some melted wax will not give you the desired results. Neither will tripling the recommended amount of fragrance. That’ll just give you a puddle of oil. So, when a company tells you their candles have 50% more fragrance than anyone else on the market, or when they claim to have double or triple scented soy candles, I recommend you ask a few questions before giving them your money.

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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.

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Why You Need to Trim Candle Wicks

Always Trim Candle Wicks

If you burn candles often, you should know how important it is to trim candle wicks. It is crucial to the candle burning experience and should be done frequently. The only time that you do not need to trim candle wicks is the first time you light it. We trim them before they leave the studio.

Breakaway Wicks

For most candles, especially those with metal cores, you need a wick trimmer or scissors in order to trim your wick. With our Breakaway Wicks, you can easily trim candle wicks without tools. Simply let it cool completely, then break off the excess with your finger before relighting.

Why Trim Candle Wicks?

Burn Quality and Appearance

Untrimmed wicks can cause irregular burn qualities, leading to excess smoke and soot. Many candle wicks are marketed as “self-trimming.” This just means the excess build-up on the end of your wick will eventually fall off into your wax pool. Our wicks will do this, but we don’t advise it. We highly suggest that you trim candle wicks to the appropriate length before relighting. For starters, all those little bits of burnt wick just look trashy at the bottom of the candle.


Why You Should Trim Candle Wicks


More importantly, debris in your wax can inhibit your wick and cause even more burning problems. Unmanaged candles can also be dangerous. Be sure to check out this article from the National Candle Association about candle safety.

Candle Control

If simply pinched and broken, our wicks will almost always leave about ¼” of wick behind. This length is ideal for a 2-4 hour burn. However, if you find you desire a bigger flame, you can pinch a little higher and leave more than 1/4” of wick for your next burn. Keep in mind, a bigger flame will generate more heat and melt your wax faster, potentially decreasing overall burn time. On the other hand, if you tend to burn for longer periods of time, you can trim your wick a little shorter. This will increase the time needed to achieve a full melt pool, leading to longer overall burn times.