Candle Care 101

Midheaven Candles // Wick Trimming

Candle Care Tips & Burning Instructions

First Burn — Allow pool of wax to extend to the outside rim of the tin or jar to set its "memory." Each time you burn the candle, it will "remember" to burn out to the rim. This will avoid “tunneling” which leaves wax on the walls of the container and you won’t get the most out of your candle. Rule of thumb: Burn one hour for every inch of your candle's diameter.

  1. TRIM YOUR WICK! The first rule of candle care 101 is to always trim your wick to 1/4" prior to EACH use, or when the wick “mushrooms.” Trimming the wick will allow the candle to have a longer burn time. 

    Prior to each use, turn the solidified candle upside down and with a paper towel or a wick trimmer, trim the wick or remove the “mushroom” left by the previous burn. Turning the candle upside down will prevent the burnt wick from falling into the candle.
  1. Never leave a burning candle unattended! It goes without saying that is a fire hazard and we want you to enjoy your candle safely.
  1. Never burn a candle near anything flammable, well away from drafts, other heat sources, and keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets. 
  1. In general, it is recommended that you don’t burn candles for longer than four hours and let it cool for at least two hours before relighting.
  1. Our pure soy wax has a lower melting point of 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Store candles in an upright, level position. Please take care not to leave your candle in warm environments, vehicles or expose it to direct heat as the wax will get soft and may liquify. If spilled, soy wax is easily cleaned with soap and water.
  1. Extinguish flame by placing lid on candle, using a candle snuffer, or by dipping the wick into the melted wax pool, then reposition. This will help eliminate smoking or "afterglow" and ensures proper candle care. 
  1. Now that you’ve followed proper candle care you can enjoy your hand-poured Midheaven Soy Candle!
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Difference Between Soy and Paraffin Wax

When buying candles you may have noticed that there’s primarily two different kinds: paraffin and soy. But what us the difference between soy and paraffin wax? 

Paraffin Wax
Paraffin wax was discovered in 1850 and are a natural product derived from the components of decayed animal and plant material. Put simply, it's a petroleum based wax.

It tends to be the most popular kind of wax used in candle making as it is more affordable however it’s made from a nonrenewable resource.

It’s a non-toxic, colorless, clean-burning fuel and has a melting point usually between 120-160 degrees Fahrenheit. Paraffin wax also tends to be hard and brittle.

Soy Wax

Soy wax was discovered in 1991 as an alternative to paraffin wax. Made from soybean oil it’s natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable. It naturally has an off-white appearance and as a lower melting point than paraffin.

Commercial soy wax blends also tend to be softer than paraffin and will melt in warm weather which is why it’s imperative that it is stored correctly. Additionally, it tends to burn longer and at a cooler temperature than paraffin wax.

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Difference Between Candle Wicks

Typically when shopping for candles most consumers take into consideration the candle’s shape, color or fragrance. However, the wick also has a very critical role and should be taken into consideration.

There are tons of alternative styles and sizes of wicks. The type of candle wax used, as well as it’s size, shape, color and fragrance materials all influence wick choice. Choosing the correct wick is integral to making a candle that burns cleanly and properly. 

At Midheaven, we use 100% cotton wicks. They are constructed from natural flat cotton threads interwoven with paper threads that produce a clean and proper burn. The consistent flame and slight curl of these wicks ensures an even burn. Our wicks are also lead and zinc free, keeping your home safe from harmful chemicals.

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