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How To Get The Most From Your Soy Wax Candle

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This may seem like some basic information, I mean who doesn’t know how to burn a soy wax candle? You just light it don’t you? Well, that’s one way of doing it but soy wax is magical stuff and it’s important to set aside the right amount of time to burn and get the most from your soy wax candle.

Light a candle

How much time have you got?

If you have four hours of uninterrupted candle time then lighting a brand new large Mella candle tin is ideal. Only got three hours, a small Mella travel candle is perfect….anything less then consider lighting a tealight! If you have unexpected guests turning up and you just want a wee burst of fragrance, try a wax melt!

Soy wax is magical stuff, it has a memory and lighting a candle is all about memories, creating them and bringing them back to life through a beautiful scent. You see, the first time you light your soy candle the wax memorises how far it melts to reach the side of the container, amazing huh?

To get the most from your soy wax candle it’s really important to make sure you have set aside enough time for the wax to reach a full (or pretty much full) melt pool. This way the wax will melt to the same point the next time you light it and you will get the most from your gorgeous scented candle. If you blow out your candle before it’s reached a full melt pool it will only remember to melt as far as the first burn. The wax around the edge will stay solid and the candle will begin to tunnel and the pool of wax will mean the wick won’t have enough oxygen around it to burn and your poor candle will never reach its full potential.


Having said that here are some safety rules for when you burn your Mella soy wax candle. Never burn a candle for more than four hours and always make sure that the container isn’t getting too hot to touch.

Keep your wicks trimmed. The ideal length that the wick should be is 5mm. Your candle is made by me so the wick will be at the perfect length for the first time you light it.

Why is trimming the wick so important? Having a trimmed wick each time you light it means that prevents a build up on the wick, this is called mushrooming, it looks like a little nobbly bit on the end of the wick. If your wick is too long it means your candle will burn faster and you’ll have less time to enjoy your lovely scented candle.

Also, a longer wick will make the flame dance and flap around, which might look cool but is not safe.

The other rules are pretty basic. Never leave your candle unattended or around unsupervised children or pets. Place on a heat resistant surface, coasters are pretty good and keep out of drafts.

So, make the first burn count and make sure you have enough time to get the most from your soy wax candle, keep the wick trimmed and enjoy!

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