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Candle Burning Times

Candle burning times will vary slightly depending on the placement of your candle. Drafty areas will affect candle burning times as candles will burn slightly quicker. Candle burning times will also vary depending on the height of your wick. The longer the wick, the shorter the candle burning time. You can extend your candle burnong time by burning the candles long enough to allow the wax pool to reach the edge. One hour for every inch of diameter should do it. Candles have a sort of memory. If you do not allow them to burn all the way to the edge of the container when you first burn them, they will begin to tunnel down into the wax instead of melting all the way to the edges which will shorten your candle burning times and affect the overall appearance of the candle.

The following candle burning times are based on our own tests with our own candles. Every candle maker has their own recipe and ingredients, so candle burning times will vary by manufacturer:

  • Soy Tarts: 4-6 hours
  • Soy Tealights: 8-10 hours
  • Soy Jar Candles:
    • 5 oz: 40-45 hours
    • 8 oz: 64-72 hours
    • 12 oz: 96-108 hours

When burning your soy candle, always burn until the soy candle liquefies to the edge of the container. Not letting the candle liquefy to the edge will result in tunneling and poorly affect your candle burning time.

You may notice some mushrooming of the wick. This is completely normal for the natural wicks that we use. Always trim the wick before each use, keep wick trimmed to 1/8 inch for the best soy candle burning results. Do not allow wick trimmings to fall into your wax melt pool.

We recommend extinguishing your soy candle by using a candle snuffer or by bending the wick over into the wax. This will eliminate smoke from the wick. Always re-center the wick for proper burning the next time you light your soy candle. This will extend your candle burning time over the life of the candle.

Always read, follow and make sure you fully understand the caution and warning label on the bottom of your soy candle.

You can burn your soy candles too long. The maximum recommended burn time is 4 hours per burn. Burning longer than the recommended time is also dangerous, especially when combined with improper wick trimming. Although we use heat-safe glass, an improperly trimmed wick can create a high flame and temperature forming a deep melt pool and fatigue the glass. Soy wax cleans up easily with soap and water, but remember it is still a wax and should not be poured down the drain.

Tips for burning soy candles

Although soy candles produces less sooth than paraffin candles you should not burn too many candles in one small room. Make sure that there’s enough ventilation in the room. Before lighting the soy candle the wick should be trimmed to about 1/8". Otherwise the soy candle will smoke and burn too fast. When you are trimming your wicks make sure to NOT leave the trimmings in the candle wax, as they will produce soot.

Keep burning soy candles away from children, pets and flammable materials. Never leave burning candles unattended.

Soy candles should not be put for too long time in direct sunlight to prevent the color from fading.

Do not place soy candles next to each other. Allow enough space -minimum 1/4"- between the candles.

Allow soy candle to cool and harden before relighting.

To extinguish a soy candles use a special wick dipper. This will avoid the formation of unhealthy smoke. Use the end of a wick dipper to push the wick into the pool of wax and then pull the wick up.

Do not allow the flame to touch the side of the glass jar. The jar may become too hot and may burst.

We appreciate any comments you might have about candle burning time.