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Choosing the Right Soy Candle: 5 Tips for the Perfect Burn

Soy candles have become increasingly popular in recent years due to their eco-friendly and sustainable nature. Made from soy wax, a renewable resource, soy candles burn cleaner and longer than traditional paraffin wax candles. However, not all soy candles are created equal.

Choosing the right soy candle can make all the difference in achieving the perfect burn and enjoying the full benefits of soy wax. This article will provide five tips for choosing the right soy candle for the perfect burn.

Tip 1: Look for 100% Soy Wax

Many on the market claim to be soy candles but are blended with other waxes, such as paraffin or beeswax, to reduce costs. Blended candles may not burn as cleanly or as long as 100% soy wax candles and may not provide the full benefits of soy wax.

When shopping for soy candles, look for those that state 100% soy wax on the label or product description. Additionally, check the ingredients list to ensure no other waxes are included. 

Choosing a 100% soy wax candle will ensure that you get the full benefits of soy wax, including a cleaner and longer burn.

Tip 2: Check the Wick

The wick is an essential component of any candle, and choosing the right wick can make all the difference in achieving the perfect burn. When shopping for soy candles, look for those with cotton wicks. Cotton wicks are natural and burn cleanly without emitting harmful toxins or chemicals.

Additionally, make sure the wick is the appropriate size for the candle. A wick that is too small may not provide enough heat to melt the wax evenly, leading to tunneling or uneven burning. 

On the other hand, a wick that is too large may cause the candle to burn too quickly, leading to excessive soot and a shorter burn time.

Tip 3: Consider the Scent

Soy candles come in various scents, from fruity and floral to woodsy and spicy. When choosing a soy candle, consider the scent and how it will complement the space in which it will be burned. For example, lavender or chamomile scents promote relaxation and sleep, while citrus scents like lemon or grapefruit are refreshing and energizing.

It is also important to consider the quality of the scent. Look for candles that use high-quality fragrance oils that are phthalate-free. Phthalates are synthetic chemicals that can be harmful to human health and the environment, so it is best to avoid candles that contain them.

Tip 4: Choose the Right Container

The container in which a soy candle is housed can also affect the burn. When choosing a soy candle, consider the size and shape of the container. 

A container that is too large for the candle may cause the wax to melt unevenly, while a container that is too small may cause the candle to burn too quickly and become too hot.

Look for containers made from heat-resistant materials, such as glass or ceramic. Avoid containers made from plastic or other materials that may melt or warp when exposed to heat.

Tip 5: Store and Burn Properly

Once you have chosen the perfect soy candle, it is important to store and burn it properly to achieve the perfect burn. Keep your soy candle in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources when storing it. Soy wax is sensitive to temperature and light, so it is best to store your candle in a dark, cool place.

When burning your soy candle, trim the wick to ¼ inch before each use to prevent excessive soot and ensure an even burn. Additionally, allow the candle to burn long enough to create a full melt pool, which is the melted wax that reaches the edges of the container. This will ensure an even burn and prevent tunneling.


Choosing the right soy candle is essential for achieving the perfect burn and enjoying the full benefits of soy wax. 

When shopping for soy candles, look for those made from 100% soy wax, with cotton wicks, high-quality fragrance oils, and heat-resistant containers. Additionally, store and burn your soy candle properly to achieve the perfect burn. Following these five tips, you can choose the perfect soy candle for any occasion.

Experience the eco-friendly and luxurious scents of LMJ Candles' handmade soy candles. Shop now and add a touch of elegance to your home while supporting sustainable, renewable resources.


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