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Soy Candle Burning Instructions - Maddison Avenue Candles

  • A lit soy candle should always be within your sight. Place on a protected, heat-resistant, dry surface, away from anything that can catch fire, and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Never burn a soy candle on or near any object that could be reached by the flame.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • As your candle starts to burn down and melt make sure your wick stays centered and does not contact the side of the container to prevent the jar from possibly cracking.
  • Read and follow all manufacturer instructions carefully.
  • Trim the wick to 1/8 inch each time before burning to prevent smoking and carbon mushrooming.
  • Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the container to keep the container from getting too hot.
  • Always burn your soy candle on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
  • Keep burning soy candles away from drafts and vents.
  • Handle with care; glass containers are fragile. Do not use if the jar is cracked, chipped or scratched. Do not refill with wax.
  • If smoking occurs, check for drafts or high traffic areas, which may cause flame to flicker and smoke. Also, be sure that the wick is no longer than 1/8". If it is, extinguish, trim to 1/8", and relight.
  • Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. Cool, trim wick and re-light.
  • Do not allow the flame to touch the side of the jar. The jar may become hot. Handle carefully.
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.   Keep the wick centered.
  • Always burn soy candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Never touch or move any soy candle when the wax is still melted.
  • Burn your soy candle until it is melted completely across the top. This will help prevent your soy candle from tunneling (burning down in the center). It does not affect the quality of the candle if some wax is left on the sides. The amount will vary per fragrance and burning conditions.
  • To dispose of unwanted soy wax, pour the wax in a trash can or something similar.  Please do not pour wax down the drain as IT WILL CLOG YOUR SINK!
  • Extinguish your soy candle with a wick dipper if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes larger that 1" high. Cool for one hour, trim the wick with a wick trimmer and re-light.
  • Prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface by discontinuing use when 1/2 inches of the wax remains in the container to ensure safety. Only burn in a suitable holder, or on a plate or other fire and heat resistant surface. Do not burn soy candles for more than 3 hours at a time.
  • Extinguish carefully before replacing anylid.


+Getting the most out of yourSoy CandleFragrance

When you light your soy candle for the very first time, it is important to allow it to burn for 2-1/2 to 3 hours!  Soy wax has a "memory" which helps to keep the candle from "tunneling" down the center of the container.  Tunneling is one of the main causes for a candle not creating much fragrance while burning!   By allowing your soy candles to create the initial "memory burn", thus creating a full melt pool of wax, you are increasing the candles scent throw!

You should burn your candle 1 hour for each inch of its diameter, until you receive a full melt pool (soy wax is melted across the entire top). For example: a candle 3" in diameter should be burned for three hours to establish it's memory. This allows your candle to get its full melt pool which will increase the scent throw of the candle. If asoy candleisn't given a proper memory burn, especially on the first burn, it will cause yoursoy candleto burn in a tunnel down the center and you will not get a good scent throw from thecandle.

If your candle has been burning for at least an hour and you still don't feel it is fragrant, try leaving the room (or walking outside to fresh air) with it burning for at least 10 minutes, then coming back in.  This will allow your olfactory sense (your built-in sense mechanism that allows you to smell aromas) time to adjust.  Many times you will fine the olfactory becomes accustomed to all surrounding aromas and blocks them.  When returning after 10 minutes you should then smell the fragrance, if indeed, the candle you are burning is large enough for the area it is burning in.  Although our soy candles are highly fragrant, sometimes the modern homes/buildings we live in have very large open-floor plans combining many rooms.  Many of our fragrances are bold and will scent an entire home, while others are light and were designed to achieve a soothing ambiance. Our recommendation for those with large living spaces is to have an additional candle to achieve maximum scent throw for those larger living spaces.
 
  • It could also be that you are just used to the scent so you cant smell it. You could also try putting your soy candle in a bathroom with the door closed. Walk in later to see if you can smell it. If you can, then that is a good sign that it's not the fragrance, its the burning conditions. Small to medium sized soy candles can be very fragrant when burned in appropriate conditions and in appropriate sized rooms.
  • Drafts and/or extreme temperature changes can cause your candle to burn uneven and the fragrance will disperse leaving a poor aroma. Please try moving your candle to a draft-free location if you experience uneven burning.
  • Also you will want to make certain there is enough air circulation around your candle (do not burn candles in a tight area such as on a bookshelf as there will not be enough air circulation, causing a lack of oxygen needed for the candle to burn appropriately). You will not get a good aroma.
  • Small to mediumcandleswill almost never be able to fill a whole (large sized) room with fragrance. (for example a 14oz candle would be appropriate for a  20 X 20 room, any room bigger would require a larger candle in order for the desired scent distribution.)

We pride ourselves on our wonderful smelling candles, and add to them the maximum amount of fragrance oils that soy wax will hold.  Please remember that all fragrances are NOT created equal.  Some will put out a lot of fragrance in the jar, but not so much while burning.  It all depends on how the raw ingredients in the fragrance oil/essential oils burn and dispense in the atmosphere.  If you do not feel a certain fragrance is strong enough for your liking, then you will simply need to choose a different fragrance. 

+Soy CandleBurn Time for Glass Containers

Please remember 'safety first' when burning a glass containersoy candle. You should never burn any candlefor more than the recommended time specified by the manufacture. At MACC, we would suggest that any candlein a glass container should be burnt for no more than 2 to 3 hours at a time, and then allowed to cool completely before re-lighting. Burning a soy candlefor longer than the recommended time could cause the glass to become over-heated and crack! This could result in hot wax leaking from the cracked glass. Please use caution when burning any candle.

+Did you know that Soy Candles Have a Memory?
When you light your soy candle for the very first time, it is important to remember that it has a "memory".  You should burn your soy candle for 1 hour for each inch of its diameter, until you receive a full melt pool (soy wax is melted across the entire top of soy candle). For example: a soy candle 3" in diameter should be burned for three hours to establish its memory. This allows your soy candle to get its full melt pool which will increase the scent throw of the soy candle. If a soy candle isn't given a proper memory burn, especially on the first bury, it will cause your soy candle to burn in a tunnel down the center and you will not get a good scent throw from the candle.   

+Soy WaxCharacteristics 

Soybean wax is a natural product and is created from soya beans and other natural botanical ingredients. Candles created from soybean wax are beautiful. They naturally have a frosting throughout the wax and often times, on the surface. Frosting on soy candles does not affect the burn of the candle and is harmless. When working with soybean wax (natural wax), you will have natural characteristic that are unavoidable without putting additives in the wax. MACC does not add to the soy wax.  It is most noticeable in jar candles that have used dye (colored wax). Each different fragrance may also cause discoloration in natural waxes.  This is a natural process of the wax absorbing the fragrance.  It is also a beautiful reminder of your pure soy wax product.  After each burn you may get a ring of a different color around your soy candle. Once again, this is perfectly normal and does not, in any way, affect the burn or the fragrance capabilities of your wonderful soy candle.

+Keep Your Wicks Trimmed & Centered
Wicks that are not centered can cause your soy candle to burn unevenly. You must always keep your wick centered. If you find that the wick is no longer burning in the center of the container you will need to extinguish the soy candle with your wick dipper and then while using your wick dipper put the wick back to the center position while the soy wax is still soft. Also please make sure your wick is centered each time you extinguish your candle. Drafts and/or extreme temperature changes can cause your candle to burn uneven. Please try moving your soy candle to a draft-free location if you experience uneven burning.
 
Using a wick trimmer, always keep the wick trimmed to 1/4" before lighting your soy candle.  If you do not have a wick trimmer, you may use a tissue to pinch off the wick to the correct size.  Please be careful not to trim your wick too short, as the flame will drown when the soy wax melts around the wick. This will cause your wick to drown out. By extinguishing your wick using our wick dipper, you are coating the wick with wax each time. This wax coating helps protect your wicks and keeps your soy candle from smoking (as it does when blown out). When a candle is blown out the smoke attach's to the warm jars causing a soot. 

+Soot and Soy Candles

Anytime you have a flame, you do have soot.  Yes, that is correct, you will find that no candle can be completely soot free, but soy wax candles create much less soot and more importantly none of the toxins found in paraffin candles.  In fact, pure soy wax (as used by MaddisonAvenue) produce 95% less soot if burned properly.  That means less black soot on your walls, ceilings, and furniture!  Black soot is caused by a wick that is smoking (in most soy candles this is typically caused by the wick being left un-trimmed!)  It takes very little time to care for the wick and is so worth the effort to know you are breathing cleaner air when burning soy candles.

If you are experiencing soot with your soy candle, make sure that you trim the wick to 1/4" each time before you light your soy candle. Second, make sure that you are not burning your soy candle in a draft. Drafts will make your candle flame flicker which causes smoke. Please make certain that when you trim your wick you use our wick trimmers to catch the debris as you should never leave the trimmings in the candle wax. Our wick trimmers have a convenient tray that catches the trimmings as it cuts the wick. Wick trimmings will cause black soot. Also you will want to make certain there is enough air circulation around your soy candle (do not burn candles in a tight area such as on a bookshelf as there will not be enough air circulation, causing a lack of oxygen needed for the candle to burn appropriately).   

+Wax Tarts/Maddi Melts

Unlike paraffin wax tarts, our all-natural soy wax tarts/Maddi Melts™ do not evaporate.  After the scent is burned off, simply pour the old soy wax into a lined trash canister.  Maddi Melts™ should be melted only in a tart warmer.  NEVER add water to the soy melts.  Wax tarts/melts can be reused many times with wonderful fragrance.  Remember, once you can no longer smell the fragrance, pour the melted wax in a trash receptacle.  Our soy wax is biodegradable.  NEVER pour wax down your sinks or drains as it can clog them as it cools.  If spills occur, our soy wax cleans up with hot soapy water!

  

Additional Information on Candle Safety

Soy Candle Safety