Soy Candle Care & Tips 101


Warning labels for candles don’t often tell “why” specific actions are needed to stay safe. We aim to tell you the why so you have a more thorough knowledge of candle burning for safe candle enjoyment.


  • Complete Melts: When burning container candles, make sure you allow the candle to melt to the edge (usually about 3-4 hours) before extinguishing it to help prevent tunneling of your candle. If you burn your candle for short periods of time, it will create a "memory ring" around the wick and you'll find it difficult for it to melt completely on future burns.


  • Burn candles for durations of 5-6 hours each time. This helps to prevent overheating or scorching of soy wax (natural product).


  • Always keep wicks trimmed to 1/4". This keeps the flame low which helps prevent sooting and makes the candle burn longer.


  • The flame melts the wax, the liquid wax is what the flame uses (as fuel) to keep itself burning. The bigger the flame, the more fuel it needs. Your candles will burn up to 25% longer by trimming the wick every 4-5 hours of burn time using a high quality wick trimmer.


  • Center the wick during the burn and re-center just after putting out the candle. A lit wick that gets too close to the side of the container will crack the container, liquid wax will leak out. After the candle is put out, moving the wick to center will insure the candle burns evenly the next time its light. Once the wax hardens it’s too late!


  • If the flame seems too weak, extinguish the candle and pour a little of the liquid wax out (never down the drain). A candle with a weak flame will tunnel and will not emit scent properly. The candle will burn down but not out. It needs to burn out to use up all of the wax. If you have a tart burner, pour the wax inside there, let nothing go to waste.


  • Keep burning candles away from children and pets.


  • Children need to know a candle is hot and is not a toy. Children and pets, both curious, may be intrigued by the flickering light. Keep candles far out of reach. Pets can knock the candle over or brush by the flame... singe the tail and catch fire to themselves or the curtains in other words just be mindful.


  • Keep burning candles away from drafts or ceiling fans. The flame needs stability. Flames that flicker can cause sooting. Breezes or drafts can cause the flame to burn erratically and cause the flame to not be as hot as it needs to be to burn off all the carbon and thus will produce soot. A nice even steady flame is ideal.


  • Never leave the house with a candle still burning.


  • Do not burn candles (even in holders) directly on furniture. The candle holder or candle jar will get hot. The heat could mark up your furniture. Try putting it on a coaster, or pad or doily.


  • Keep burning candles far away from anything flammable. If the window was open (which it shouldn’t be if the candle is nearby) the breeze could blow your curtain right into the flame! Also, think about what is above the candle, like a shelf or picture, heat rises.


  • If the candle is smoking or sooting, trim the wick. No one wants soot on their walls or ceiling. Candles left go for extended periods always need the wick trimmed. The smoking or sooting is most likely caused from the flame being too large, trim that wick, often using a high quality wick trimmer.


  • Burn candles on sturdy, stable, flat, and level surfaces. An antique end table in the middle of a high traffic area of the house is not a good place for a flame. It could get bumped into. Candles will burn down evenly if used on level surfaces.


  • Never snuff a candle by blowing directly at the flame.  When blowing out a candle, hold your finger in front of the flame and blow at it. The air will flow around the finger and extinguish the candle from both sides or use a wick dipper. This will prevent hot wax from splattering.


  •  Let the wax cool and harden before touching or moving the candle. Liquid wax is very hot and messy. The container will be hot. Don’t make the mistake of moving it and then your hand gets hot and down goes your candle. Or candle wax splashes around in the container, very unsightly.


We hope you find these tips helpful to extend the life of your candle because a house without a beautiful scent makes it hard to be a home. Enjoy!


                                                                       The Southern Girl


Did You Know

The Soy Candle


The benefits of soy wax candles are simply amazing.... Soy candles last two times longer than petroleum-based candles, incredible scent throw, virtually no black soot (which means no black walls!) Supports American farmers by using the soybean. Soybeans are a renewable and sustainable resource grown right here in the USA! Each and every soy candle is different and can have different qualities.  Remember each field of soybeans is different and so each soy candle may be somewhat unique.

Why We Love Soy Candles & Wax Melts


  • Made From 100% Soybean Wax


  • Renewable Resource


  • Cleaner Burning Candles


  • Non Toxic


  • Environmentally Safe


  • Emits An Incredibly Small Amount of Soot


  • Burns Cooler And Slower


  • Longer Lasting


  • Water Soluble


  • Biodegradable