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  • What is the Written Procedure for Scented Candle Making? November 25, 2011
    Making Delicious Scented Soy Candles. How Do I Get Started? Lately on social networking sites I have been getting asked questions about what is the written procedure for making scented soy candles.  How do I get started? First you need to consider what you want to make. The Rose candle votive kit shown on the left is a perfect [...] […]
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Soy Wax Melting Safety Concerns

Soy Wax Melting Safety Tips For Scented Soy Candles

Learn What Not to Do When You Burn Soy Candles

Here is what not to do when you burn your soy candles

Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving are coming soon, and more people make, use, and give candles as gifts then any other time of the year. So I just wanted to urge everyone not to forget safety concerns.

Learn how long to burn soy candles, how to trim the candle wicks each time, and how to prevent tunneling which the candle on the left exhibits.  When candle wax burns down to the base of a glass container, there is a risk the glass could shatter from the heat. The spilling wax, and flames could start a fire. (Click here for more safety tips)

When you work with flammable candle wax making candles you must be extremely vigilant, and NEVER get distracted for any reason.

This is just one of the many reasons, I only make candles using soy wax. Although soy candle wax has a higher flash point than paraffin wax, spontaneous combustion will still occur if the wax is allowed to overheat. 

The melting point of soy wax is normally between temperatures of 110°F and 130 °F. While water boils at 212° F, well below flash point’s of soy waxes, or paraffin wax.

Understanding the flash point of  every wax you use is very important. Each one can be different. When any wax reaches it’s given flash point it will burst into flames by itself. You must understand the wax may not bubble or smoke, and when it explodes flaming wax can be thrown in every direction.

Avoid this potential catastrophe! Don’t risk burning down your home, or serious injury. Always use a double boiler, or a candle wax melter when you are making your candles, and follow all candle making instructions, and read any instructions from the candle wax  manufacturer. A word to the wise – if the wax is smoking it’s too hot .

Never melt wax in a microwave! You cannot control the temperature wax is heated up to, and microwaves vary tremendously in output strength. For example, the butter in my microwave peanut brittle recipe burns in one microwave, and does not finish cooking in another microwave because of lower wattage.

Several soy waxes I’ve looked at recently have flash points between 450°F and 600°F.  In comparison, many paraffin waxes list flash points near 395°F.  The melting point of soy wax between temperatures of 110°F and 130 °F

Just one more thing. Never burn candles in front of open windows where curtains may be blown towards them from a breeze. Never burn candles where children or pets are, because they will always do the unexpected.

Let’s have a happy, healthy, wealthy, and joyously prosperous holiday season!


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Candle Safety Labels Have Industry Standards

Candle Safety Labels Must Follow Candle Industry Standards

In the United States, candles must be labeled with safety information following specific guidelines developed by the ASTM International standards organization.

These guidelines are relevant in the United States, and are often reviewed by international regulation authorities and candle organizations worldwide.

Because fires resulting from candles were on the increase,during 1997 the National Candle Association got involved at the request of the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to lead the way in pioneering an ASTM subcommittee for the purposeof developing improved candle fireworks safety standards.

Membership on the ASTM subcommittee on candle products includes safety organizations, fire officials, the CPSC, and members of the NCA and other interested parties.

This has resulted in the publication of six ASTM candle standards. Two standards are reference standards.

Key ASTM Standards for Candles*

Cautionary Labeling Standard

Reference #: ASTM F-2058
Effective Since: 2000   Revised October 2007

Safety” labels have exact rules as to what is to be said, where the label is to be placed and the typesize (which varies according to the size of the labeling panel).

This standard sets forth specifications for the warning label that cautions consumers to always burn a candle within sight; to keep candles away from things that can catch fire; and to keep candles out of the reach of children.

Reference title: Standard Specification for Candle Fire Safety Labeling

Heat Strength of Glass Containers Standard

Reference #: ASTM F-2179
Effective Since: 2002

This safety standard sets specific scratch test and temper specifications for the correct annealing of glass containers used for candles in addition to thermal shock differential requirements.

Reference title: Standard Specification for Annealed Soda-Lime-Silicate Glass Containers that are Produced for Use as Candle Containers

Fire-Safety Design Standard

Reference #: ASTM F-2417
Effective Since: 2004

This fire-safety design standard specifies acceptable flame height, freedom from secondary ignition, stability and end of useful life requirements.

Reference title: Standard Specification for Fire Safety for Candles

Candle Accessories Standard

Reference #: ASTM F-2601
Effective Since: May 2007

Specifications are established in this standard for labeling and testing candle accessories for fire-safety manufacture. (Including potpourri burners, candle burners and candle rings. ) It is anticipated by 2008 the standard will be enlarged to include candle holders and other accessories.

Reference title:  Standard Specification for the Fire Safety for Candle Accessories

*Please be advised these are only descriptions of the standards to give a basic idea of the material covered. They are not the actual specifications. The actual ASTM standards are copyrighted by ASTM International. As of the date of this article copies of the actual standards may be purchased for download at www.ASTM.org. The charge to purchase each standard is roughly $39 each.



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Confusion About Lead In Candlewicks of Soy Candles

Is There Lead in Today’s Candlewicks?

Soy Candles are sometimes made with a solid core in the candlewick, but in today’s market, the core of the wick can be made from zinc or tin. Recently I saw a post on another blog talking about lead in wicks. I felt it was necessary to post a response to that article, because lead in candlewicks was banned in the US Marketplace in 2003.

Candle manufacturers and their suppliers here in the United States are represented by the National Candle Association (NCA); a major trade association. Purchase your candle wicks from a reputable candle supplier.

Use of lead wicks was voluntarily discontinued during the mid-1970s, and they asked every US candle manufacturer to agree not to use lead wicks and sign a formal pledge to this effect along with all NCA members. However, if you have any doubt about the metal core containing your candle wick, get a white piece of paper and rub the wick on it. A lead core will leave a gray mark. If you have any doubt , dispose of  it.

Just be careful when you’re purchasing inexpensive foreign  imported candles, as not all countries apply the same quality standards, and you would still be wise to question cheap imported candle wicks.

Remember it is not just what is in the wick being burned, but what candle wax the candle is made from. Paraffin wax candles still give off 11 known carcinogens, so you can still be polluting the air in your hom, whether a lead wick is used or not.

If you make your own scented soy candles, you will know you are burning a natural candle wax in your home.

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Scented Soy Candles Shipping Fragrance Oil Postal Regulations

Postal Regulation Requirements When Shipping Candle Fragrance Oils

 Important information: Postal Requlations When Shipping Fragrance Oils for Making Scented Soy Candles

The United States Post Office has the following guidelines to follow when shipping certain Liquids.  

Buy Fragrance Oils For Scented Soy Candles

Fragrance Oils For Scented Soy Candles

Liquids that combust over 200°F are not labeled as hazardous.

Flamable Liquids have flashpoints below 141°F and 199°F.

Combustible Liquids have flashpoints between 141.

More information is available in Publication 52 available at the link below to read.

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International Mail:   Any Flamable or Combustible Liquid is prohibited from being shipped via International USPS mail. Anything below 200°F cannot be shipped. Combustible Liquids may be shipped using UPS Internationally, where they are not considered hazardous.

Domestic Mail:  To ship Combustible Liquids with the USPS you must use Parcel Post, and package must be clearly labeled with the correct flashpoint identified on the outside of the package. In addition, the package must have ORM-D Parcel Post only clearly labeled on the outside of the carton.

 Anyone shipping Fragrance Oils that are combustionable below 200°F using the International Postal service, or Priority Mail are doing so in violation of the law. I violations could be considered fraud, and the sender could risk fines up to $10,000, even imprisionment. Know the postal laws before you decide to ship any type of fragrance oil. It might help you be aware also, when you are purchasing Essential Oils, and Fragrance Oils. what method of shipping is being used to sent product to you.

If the seller is in violation of this USPS law, then you might want to reconsider purchasing product from them for your candles.

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Making Scented Soy Candles Beginner Tips

Scented Soy Candles Tips on How to Make Candles for Beginners

I found a really nice article authored by Matt Droves today. It discusses the positive qualities of making scented soy candles, a mini history on the background of soy candle wax, he even discussed melting temperatures of the soy candle wax to preserve the white color of the soy wax, which I commend him for. He then goes on to discuss the additional of scents.

You might find this article an interesting read. To see the rest of the article click here.


Soy Candle Fragrance Oils Last Longer – Say No to Alcohol Scents

Did you know?

Not all candle scents are created equal?  

Scented Soy Candles Are Easy to Make - Books

How to make Soy Container Candles

When you are looking to buy your candle scents, and you are interested in having a scented soy candle that will have a long lasting fragrance it’s important to know - not all candle scents have been created equal.

Not to bash any candle fragrance sellers, but buyers do your homework. Beware the seller who is buying top quality fragrances and cutting them. Don’t hesitate to ask what % is fragrance. What are they cutting them with? In fact, I want to know, why are they cutting their fragrance scents down in the first place.

  Article continues……. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Electric Candle Warmers vs. Candle Warmers



Scented Soy Candle Warmer Electric

Electric Soy Candle Warmers vs. Traditional Candle Warmer


Should You Use Electric Candle Warmers With Your Soy Candle Melts, Or Traditional Candle Power?


One of the ladies who  purchased my soy candle books, recently emailed me – she had followed my instructions on making soy candle melts, and really loved them, but she had a question….   I have made  some really wonderful soy candle melts, what is the best way to burn them? Should I use an electric candle wax melter or a candle warmer?”

I wanted to post this article so you can have options to consider when you want to use your soy wax melts.

Do you want to use a traditional candle warmer with candles lit underneath them, or would you like to use an electric candle warmer?  Read the rest of this entry »

Question Asked: What additive will make candle wax last longer?

Can An Additive Make Soy Wax Last Longer?

Help! Is there anything natural, or any type of additive that can be mixed into  candle wax to make it last longer? What about a soy blend wax, or palm wax?  I do not want to buy a lot of candle wax, because it is so expensive. Will adding fabric softener,  lotions, or shampoo increase the volume of the candle wax, and still burn?

Comments will be welcome, but I felt I should make a blog post in response to Shirley’s question posted under the blog comments instead of responding to her via email.


 Candle safety is a primary consideration.

Personally, I would not consider it safe to add any additive to a candle wax product you intend to burn, unless it is approved by the National Candle Association.   Read the rest of this entry »

Making Organic Soy Candles Can Be A Girl’s Activity



Make Organic Soy Candles Slumber Party Idea for Young Ladies
Make Organic Soy Candles Slumber Party Idea for Young Ladies

Making Organic Soy Candles Becomes A Party Idea For Young Ladies To Use At Their Next Overnight Slumber Party

Young girls are always excited about the prospect of having a slumber party, but activities to occupy them are equally important. Why not consider teaching them how much fun it is to make their very own scented soy candles?

Not only will this make the party exciting, and unforgettable, but …..        Read the rest of this entry »

Burn Soy Candles the Right Way

Learn What Not to Do When You Burn Soy Candles

What not to do when you burn your soy candles

What not to do when you light your scented soy candles for the first time!

You have made beautiful scented soy candles!

Success at last!

However, if you do not burn your highly scented soy candles correctly the first time they are lit, they may never burn correctly during the remaining lifetime  of the candle. Read the rest of this entry »