Success at last!
Always light your soy candle when you have the time to allow it to completely burn across the top the first time. Normally, this takes 3-4 hours, because the “melt pool” must reach completely across the top of the entire container. As you can see from my demo candle, once the tunneling starts, it continues.
This paraffin wax candle belonged to a friend of mine. I saved it after it hit the trash, since it was perfect to demonstrate how burning a soy candle improperly will “RUIN” them. Not only was it burned for to short a period the first time, but to long of a period in subsequent lighting’s.
The beautiful thing about soy wax candles when they are cared for, is they burn cleanly without smoking, or giving off candle soot. Plus, they burn slow, giving you roughly 50% more life than a paraffin candle, while giving off a good high quality scent throw.
The soot on the side of the candle is another thing to notice. Can you see the black smoke residue on the side of the candle container? This container candle was made from paraffin wax, and it smoked. Paraffin based petroleum carbon molecules emitted when the paraffin candle is burned have been show to release a number of Carcinogens. (Cancer causing agents)