Frequently Asked Questions About Candles!
*Why do I have to trim the wick?
Trimming the wicks is very important. Keeping the wicks trimmed will prevent black soot from forming on the jar, prevent big "mushrooming" at the top of the wick, and prolong the burn life of your candle.
You should always trim your wick to 1/4 " before lighting it to make sure it burns correctly. Always keep the melt pool clear of trimmings.
You can use a wick trimmer.... Thats how we do it! It a specially designed trimmer that measures out 1/4" perfectly! We sell them at our markets for 11$... It's a great investment for candle lovers!
*How do you determine the burn time of your candles?
A lot of candle companies give you the maximum time their candles will burn in a "ideal setting". The candles are tested in a "test box". The test box creates a perfect environment for the candles to burn in. It protects the candle from drafts, allows just the right amount of oxygen in, and often the candle is refrigerated to give it the maximum burn time. Obviously, this testing process is very unrealistic unless you plan to burn your candles the same way!
When we started Hippie's Homemade Candles we wanted to use a realistic setting for our test burn. Our burn times are based on test burning in a "normal home environment". We test all of our candles in our living room, our kitchen, or our bedrooms. We burn them for about 2 to 3 hours at a time and we always trim the wicks before lighting again. The normal burn times for each size candle are as follows:
- 8oz Mason Jar. 25-30 hours
- 12oz Tumbler Jar. 40-45 hours
- 16oz Mason Jar. 70-80 hours
*How can I maximize the burn time of my candle?
In order to get the maximum burn time our candles offer you need to be diligent to maintaining the wicks at 1/4 inch. Also, when burning the candle you have to burn it long enough to allow the melt pool to extend all the way out to the outer edge of the candle so you utilize all the wax.
*How can I tell if my candle is pure soy?
A great way to tell is by it's outward appearance. Soy wax tends to look creamy and soft sometimes with subtle white discolorations and unique natural markings on the surface of the candle. Soy candles sometimes have a frosted appearance and may sweat in the heat, these are all characteristics of pure soy candles.
* Are there any special instructions for burning soy candles?
There are a few simple steps for getting the maximum enjoyment from your Hippie Candles. The wick needs to be trimmed before relighting to be 1/4 of an inch in length. This will minimize soot and remove any mushrooming of the wick left by the previous burn.
When lighting a soy candle for the first time, allow the wax to pool all the way to the sides of the container. (Pooling is the "pool" of melted wax. The initial burn of any candle should last as long as it takes for the melted wax to reach all the way to the edges of the jar .) This will give you maximum fragrance and minimize the wax remaining along the sides of the container. If you don't allow the wax to pool on the first burn of your soy wax candle (or any candle), you may get "tunneling.” This means the wax simply burns down the center of the candle, leaving wax on the side of the jar.
When burning votive candles, they must be placed in a tight fitting container. Soy wax is very soft & your votive will collapse as it burns otherwise.
If your liquid wax should spill, it can be cleaned up easily with soap (we recommend Dawn) and water.
* Do your candles smell strong?
Yes! Our candles are drenched with the maximum amount of fragrance oil that our pure soy wax can hold! Some fragrance oils are naturally stronger than others. We have tested hundreds of scents and chosen the very best. Our candles take one week to cure to its full potential.
* Where are your candles Produced?
Every candle is made with love in my home right here in Tampa Florida!
* Why do some of your candles turn yellow?
This happens because we do not use any additives or preservatives in our candles. When natural soy candles are exposed to harsh light, they may discolor or turn yellow. This mainly happens to scents that have vanilla in them! ( Vanilla Bean, Birthday Cake, Biscotti & Buttercream) But it does not effect the quality of the candle or the scent throw. It is just another way to know that you have a 100% soy candle.
* Why is there still a little wax left at the bottom when the candle is finished?
We did this on purpose! Our candles are designed to go out on there own with a 1/4 inch of wax left. This is a safety feature of the wick, so that you can feel safer when burning the candle. But if you want to use up all the wax at the bottom of the jar follow these tips...
When there is about 3/4 of an inch of wax left at the bottom, light your candle only if you have enough time to let it burn out on its own. If you can only burn it for an hour, I wouldn't light it yet. It should take about 3 hours to burn out.
You can also purchase a wax warmer from us at the markets. Ours have a plate feature that allows you to place the jar directly on the warmer, this will melt the remaining wax at the bottom of the jar and you can use every last drop!
*How can I put out my candle without all the smoke from the wick?
Use a wick dipper! They are the coolest thing ever! They are specially made metal dippers. You just push the flame down into to melted wax and it will go out with hardly any smoke. Once the flame has gone out, make sure to pull the wick back up and out of the wax. And make sure it is straight. That's it....
Also make sure you're trimming your wicks diligently and they will have minimal smoke when extinguished.