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About Soy Candles
Soybeans are grown and harvested on farms around the United States. Next, the beans are crushed and pressed to separate the meal from the oil. Finally, the oil is processed and natural ingredients are added to create the soy wax used to create Bright Sun Candles.
The process seems simple; however from a 60 pound bushel of soybeans, 11 pounds of oil is produced. Fortunately, this oil that was once a waste product from growing soybeans, now provides clean-burning and natural candles.
Benefits of Soy Candles
- Produces 95% less soot with no harmful byproducts, like carcinogenic toxins.
- Burns an average of 40% longer and burn cooler and more uniformly than paraffin candles. This results in less wasted candle wax and longer burn times.
- Soy is an all-natural, renewable resource that supports American farmers.
- Soy is water soluble, biodegradable, non-toxic and environmentally-friendly.
Risks of Paraffin Candles!
- Paraffin has 11 documented toxins, two are carcinogenic (Benzene and Toluene).
- Paraffin produces problematic soot emissions that can ruin walls, furniture and your health.
- Traditional paraffin candles rely on petroleum supplied by foreign countries.
- Unsafe burn fumes have been documented to cause kidney & bladder tumors in laboratory animals.
- Petro-soot, which is as harmful as second hand tobacco smoke, is produced when burning paraffin candles.
- The American Lung Association has warned consumers of unhealthy indoor air quality as a result of burning paraffin candles.
Soy Candle Burning Tips
Caution: Failure to follow below instructions could result in fire hazard or injury.
Tips : Before Lighting
- Trim the wick to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring.
- Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.
- Soy candle must remain in a snug-fitting container while burning as the wax will form a "melt pool" as it burns.
- Consider the size of the candle versus the size of the room you will burn it in. Candles need oxygen to burn. If you burn a large candle in a small confined area, it will smoke. Burn in a well-ventilated room.
- Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, used matches and debris at all times.
- Avoid drafts, vents or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.
Tips : While Burning
- Never leave a burning candle unattended. Keep out of reach of children, pets & combustible materials.
- Burn only on a stable heat-resistant surface for less than four hours at a time.
- Try to burn candles long enough each time so that the entire top layer melts to the sides before being extinguished. This allows a "melt pool" to develop and ensures even burning without tunneling. Tunneling will reduce total burn time of the candle.
- Ideally, burn candles 1 hour for each inch of it's diameter. This allows the flame time to melt the wax to the outer edge and avoids tunneling. Example: a 3" wide candle should be burned for 3 hours at a time.
- Don't touch or move a burning candle.
- Don't move a votive or container candle when the wax is liquefied.
- Don't burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch of wax remains.
- If you notice that the burn pool is not centered, while the candle is burning use a non-flammable item (such as a metal nail file or silverware) and gently push the base of the wick toward the correct direction.
- Store candles away from cold sources such as near windows in the winter. If you keep a candle outside in the cold or near a cold window, the wax will melt slower when burning than if the wax was room temperature. Burning candles when cold may result in a small flame and wax being left on the sides.
- Always keep the candle within your sight. If you are going to leave the room, be sure to first blow out all candles.
Tips : Extinguishing
- Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high, smokes or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.
- Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container. Smother the flame by blowing it out.
- Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
- Don't touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
- Candles will fade if left in direct sunlight or spotlights for extended periods of time. Store in a cool, dark area when unused for an extended duration.
Tip: Live Green
- Make sure to recycle used candle tins. We use only recyclable food grade tins for our candles. After you've enjoyed your candle, scrape out any residual wax and toss the container and lid in with your household recyclables.
- We will give you a $.50 discount on new Bright Sun Candles for each reusable candle tin you return to us at events we attend.