"Candle Care Tips for Soy Candles: A Guide by Tappen Apothecary"

Soy candles have gained popularity over the last few years because of their clean burn, headache-free experience, and environmentally friendly nature. At Tappen Apothecary, we pride ourselves on creating the highest quality soy candles so you can truly enjoy your experience. But did you know that with a bit of care, you can make your soy candles last longer and burn more efficiently? Here are our top candle care tips to enhance your Tappen Apothecary experience.


The First Burn is Crucial


The first time you light your Tappen Apothecary candle, you set the stage for every burn afterward. Make sure to allow the wax to melt across the entire surface to the edges of the container. This process can take a few hours, but it ensures your candle burns evenly every time you light it, preventing "tunnelling." Tunnelling can be incredibly frustrating and challenging to fix, so it's definitely a best practice to fully melt the wax on the first burn.

 Tappen Apothecary candle with wooden pearls and a black concrete cup in the background. Photo taken in Salmon Arm

Trim the Wick


Before lighting your Tappen Apothecary soy candle, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch (65mm). Doing this ensures a cleaner burn, reduces soot, and extends the candle's life. You can use a dedicated wick trimmer, but scissors will also get the job done just fine.


Avoid Drafty Areas


Place your soy candle away from drafts, vents, or fans. An unstable flame can cause uneven burning and excessive flickering, leading to faster burnout.


Store in a Cool, Dry Place


Store your Tappen Apothecary soy candle in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight when not in use. This helps to preserve its fragrance and colour. This is especially important with our candles because we don't use additional colourings or preservatives, and some candles will yellow over time, especially if they have high vanillin content. We have an entire blog post about this that you can read here

 Lavender Haze Tappen Apothecary candle on a wooden board with lavender petals around it

Don't Burn for Too Long


While it's tempting to enjoy the soothing ambiance of your soy candle all day, it's best to limit each burning session to 4 hours. This ensures the candle doesn't get too hot, which could affect the quality of the soy and fragrance.


Safety First


Always place your soy candle on a heat-resistant surface and away from flammable items. Remember to keep them out of reach of children and pets.


Clean and Reuse


One of the perks of soy candles is the ease of cleaning the residue. Once your candle is done, you can clean out the container with warm, soapy water and repurpose it for various uses around your home. Some uses include storing Q-tips and cotton pads.


Proper care can significantly enhance the life and performance of your soy candles. At Tappen Apothecary, we believe in creating candles that offer a serene experience while being kind to the environment. Following these candle care tips ensures you get the most out of your Tappen Apothecary soy candle every time you light it up.


Looking for more tips or wish to explore our range of handcrafted soy candles? Visit tappenapothecary.ca and dive into a world of pure, fragrant bliss.

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