Posted on 4th Mar 2012 @ 7:43 PM
The Aspen Bay soy candles are projected to burn for 85+ hours when burned efficiently (letting the complete top wax melt every time). But it’s really difficult to state with accuracy how long any soy candle will burn because of so many variables. Things such as elevation, fans in the room, whether the wick is properly trimmed can all affect your burn time.
In general, scented soy candles have a slow burn temperature. That makes soy candles last longer than paraffin candles. You will get your maximum scent throw as the “melt pool” gets completely to the edge of the jar. Letting the melt pool get completely to the edge also helps the candle burn evenly and extends the life of the candle.
Some other candle burning tips to make soy candles last longer:
- Keep the wick trimmed but don’t trim it too short either or the wick may not melt the top 1/4 - 1/2 inch of the wax which is what you want for the strongest scent throw. A complete "melt pool" makes it to the sides of the jar. If a wick is too short, the wax can end up "drowning" the wick. If this ever happens because you accidently cut it too short, just pour out some of the wax a candle warmer tray and burn it that way. Electric candle warmers are a great way to maximize your scented soy candle’s value.
- Once you light your candle, try not to move it around when there is a liquid melt pool in the jar. If you have to move it and spill some wax, you’ll be happy to see that natural soy candles clean up so much easier than paraffin wax because they are biodegradable and water-soluble. Just use soap and warm water!
- Sometimes, after your first burn of a natural soy candle, you may notice that the top of the candle loses that smooth creamy look and looks a bit wrinkled. That is a normal and unique characteristic of natural soy candles.