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Natural Illumination: The Power of Candles

By Tara Mideaker

For over 5,000 years, candles have provided us with light and warmth.  Beginning with the Egyptians, candles were a practical solution to harness fire and illuminate the dark. They have been an integral player in our celebrations and rituals throughout centuries and cultures.  The symbol of placing a candle in a window continues to stand as a symbol of family, security and home.  Of course the role of candles in our daily lives has changed dramatically.  While we are no longer reliant on them, candles continue to provide an unmatched, powerful source of energy that will complement your outer and inner environment.

Light a candle and automatically you will feel a difference in your atmosphere and mood.  Your space feels brighter and warmer, your senses are awakened, and you feel an inner presence of peace, harmony, and even joy.   If you want to change your decor; candles are an inexpensive way to make a room feel seasonal and new.  If you want to enhance energy, different colors and scents can assist you with manifesting your positive intentions.  And if you're just looking for some fun and optimism....well, I wasn't able to light candles in my house for many years because when I did, someone always thought it was his birthday and went looking for his presents!  

Now that you are all excited to bring more candles into your life, let's talk about Soy Candles.  Traditionally, candles have been made from various sources including animal fat, tallow, beeswax, and paraffin wax.  Soy Wax Candles are a healthier and more natural option to wax candles and offer numerous benefits for you and our world including: 

  • Soy wax is made from vegetables: a renewable source as opposed to petroleum that is the source for paraffin wax.
  • Soy wax burns without emitting black soot, which can damage your container, furniture, and clothing!
  • Soy wax that is accidentally dripped on furniture, clothing, or yourself, can easily be cleaned with soap and water.  Paraffin wax is more difficult - and often impossible to clean completely.
  • Soy wax candles burn longer, burn completely, and release fragrance quicker than paraffin wax.  You will not have any wasted product and/or a candle that will no longer burn when using Soy Wax.

Since you’ll want to enjoy your Soy Candle for a long time, the following are candle care and safety tips:

  • Remove all outer wrappings, ribbons, instructions, etc. before placing your candle in a container and/or lighting the candle.  You should read any instructions included with the candle since it will offer recommendations for the optimal use of your candle.
  • A glass container will be the best and most versatile holder for your Soy Candle.  Soy waxes melts at a lower temperature and remember that Soy burns completely.  You will want a container that will hold all of the melted wax and as the wick burns down it will continue to burn all of the wax in the container until there is nothing left.
  • Trim the candle wick to about 1/4 - 1/2 inch before lighting your candle for the first time and continue to trim the wick each time that you light your candle.  Keeping the wick trimmed will give you a longer burn time.
  • The first time that you burn your Soy Candle you should allow it to burn until the entire top of the candle is melted (called the "melt pool") and it reaches the outer edges of your container.  This typically takes about an hour and provides the best overall fragrance and burn time for the life of your candle.
  • Try not to light your candle in a drafty area since it will create an uneven burn and additional smoking.
  • Keep your Soy Candle in a cool, dry area to maintain fragrance and color.
  • Burn your candle on a protected, non-flammable, heat resistant surface.
  • NEVER leave a candle burning in an unattended space.
  • Always extinguish your candle COMPLETELY.
  • Keep burning and cooling candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Use caution when handling the candle container, since it may be hot. 
  • ALWAYS, always, always use extreme caution when handling your candle.

 If you would like more information and tips about candles visit The National Candle Association at and enjoy your Soy Candle! 

Posted on January 26, 2016
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