Melt Pool and Burn Time

A soy candle is different in that it develops a "memory" each time it's burned. We wick our candles to melt all the way across when given sufficient time. The wax melts about one hour per inch of diameter, so it can take up to three hours to get a full melt pool with a three-inch jar.

Like in the picture, the melt pool will be about a centimeter deep. This will give you a full 60 hours of total burn time and the best scent throw. The smell comes from the molten wax rather than the flame!

If the candle doesn't have a chance to melt fully across each time, it will tunnel afterward. The flame will gutter due to inadequate oxygen and you won't get much time out of it.


Wick Trimming

The best way to extinguish the flame is blow it out with a quick gentle burst of breath. Be careful not to get too close or to spatter the wax.

Once the wax has cooled, pluck off the mushroom head and remove any debris from the wax. Never drop matches or debris into the wax.

Trim the wick to ¼ inch before lighting your candle each time.


Humidity and Cotton Wicks

We use wicks made of cotton and paper. We do not use metal-core wicks. Burning metal is gross and not ecologically sustainable.

By definition, the job of a wick is to draw liquid from one end to another. The wick pulls the molten wax up to feed the flame. However, when unlit, the wick can also draw moisture down into the candle. Please do not leave your unlit candles outside or in other humid conditions. The wicks could become moisture-laden and become unable to hold a flame!


Candle Common Sense

  • Always remove any wrapper from the candle before burning. Do not burn your candle in the wrapper.
  • Limit maximum burn time for any candle to 4 hours.
  • Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.
  • Place candles at least three inches apart from one another while burning.
  • Burn within sight, on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
  • Keep away from drafts and flammable materials.
  • Keep away from children and pets.
  • Any time you have a damaged candle container of any kind, please do not light the candle or use it in any other way.



Soy Wax Facts

wax-soy-pod.jpgMichael Richard invented soy candles by testing and blending various plant waxes while seeking an economical natural alternative to beeswax. He ultimately formulated an all-vegetable wax of hydrogenated soy oil, coconut oil and palm oil in 1992. Thanks, Michael!

If you're already a soy candle fan, you'll probably have noticed that brands vary in appearance and performance. Wax is basically a fat that solidifies at room temperature. Most botanical oils need to be hydrogenated to make them firm up. Frosting, the white mashed-potato look, is the crystal structure that forms when a very high percent of hydrogenated oil was used to make the wax.

Lux Aromatica, Sycamore Hollow, and Vintage Lights soy candles are made with wax from American-grown soybeans. Soy wax produced in our country is a carbon neutral product, meaning that it has zero net impact on climate. Only a very small portion of the worldwide soy harvest goes into making soy wax. Most of the harvest becomes animal feed.

• Soy wax is bio-degradable and cleans up very easily with soapy hot water.
• Soy wax produces virtually no soot when burned, about the same amount as frying an egg.



What's your mood?

What do you crave? Will you enjoy your candle while settled on the sofa with a book? While relaxing with just a glass of wine and your thoughts? Or for romantic ambiance? Maybe for light, when a big snowstorm knocks out the power? Or just because it smells good? Does it help you feel creative when you're working? Imagine accords that uplift, soothe, and harmonize. Blends that ground you after a rough day, cleanse you after a good work-out, or transport you for a while. Selecting a fragrance to set the mood is an ancient human tradition.

Relaxing & Sweet Dreams

  • Lavender
  • Rare Earth

Uplifting & Cheer

  • Lemongrass
  • Spice Island

Serenity & Meditation

  • Lavender
  • Rare Earth

Clarity & Concentration

  • Ice Mint
  • Lemongrass


  • Kama Sutra
  • Rare Earth

Entertaining & Family Time

  • Lemongrass
  • Spice Island

 Home Selling

  • Ice Mint
  • Lemongrass
  • Spice Island

 Spring & Summer

  • French Perfume
  • Lemongrass

Fall, Thanksgiving & Christmas

  • Rare Earth
  • Spice Island



A Good Read: Perfume & Aromatherapy


The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Scenes of the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York
Chandler Burr

The Secret of Scent: Adventures in Perfume and the Science of Smell
Luca Turin

The Emperor of Scent
Chandler Burr

A Scented Palace: The Secret History Of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer
Elisabeth de Feydeau

Perfume: The Art and Science of Scent
Cathy Newman

Jitterbug perfume
Tom Robbins

Patrick Suskind
The Art Of Aromatherapy
Robert Tisserand

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
Julia Lawless
Making Aromatherapy Creams & Lotions
Donna Maria Coles Johnson