Updated: Apr 24
Are you someone that dreams of burning candles without the black soot marks on the inside of the container, walls, or ceilings? If so, you're in luck because that's what we're covering today. It's simple really, just follow this rule:
Keep your wick trimmed (no taller than 1/4") and don’t burn for more than 4 hours at a time.
That's it. Follow along to see how we trim the wicks on our 8 oz candle jars.
Before you light the candle, ensure the wick is no taller than ¼”. This one is too tall and will produce soot if you light it.
There are several ways to trim the wick.
Wick Trimmer - One way to trim is using an actual wick trimming tool. You can find these on Amazon and they're called “wick trimmers”. These are handy for our taller 16 oz jars.
Scissors - Any old scissors should work on shorter candles, just safely clean the blades when you're done.
Fingers - Yep, use your fingertips to snap off the wick as pictured next.
Pinch the wick near the ¼” mark and snap the wick off. This method only works on candles wicks that have previously been burned.
Then, voila! Now your wick is about ¼” tall and it should ‘soot proof’ your candle burning experience.
You also have soot on your fingers and a piece of old wick to throw into the trash. Don’t forget to wash your hands unless you want soot on everything you touch. Eek!
This process works for our candles, we’ve not tested the process on other candles so we don’t want to speak for other candles. Which leads us to the last portion of our post.
If you’ve ever thought about trying our candles out, let us share a few reasons why our candles are different.
Here’s what makes our candles different:
First, our candles are made of locally sourced, pure soy wax. Grown in America!
Second, all of the wicks in our candles are made of cotton, no added materials like zinc, tin, or lead! (Eek!)
Third, all of our fragrances are phthalate-free. (Pronounced thal-lat)
What’s a phthalate? It’s an additive meant to extend the life of fragrances but they’ve been known to cause harm to animal reproductive systems. So, if they harm animals, couldn’t they harm humans, too? Although they are allowed in fragrances, we actively choose fragrances that are phthalate-free.
(See where we got our phthalate information on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html)
Lastly, all of our scents are essential oil infused fragrance oils. Which means if an essential oil can be used in our fragrances, they're included in the scent recipe.
If you'd like to check out our candles, take a look at all of the scents here, ‘try before you buy’ with our scent samples here, or if you need some guidance on getting the perfect scent, feel free to chat with our candle maker, Amanda! Go to our website and find the 'contact' button at the top of the page. Message her and she'll get in contact with you as soon as she's able.
Happy soot free burning!
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