We all know how much it pains to see black soot when you are burning a scented candle. The yucky substance that can get onto your walls and cabinet. Yikes!
Firstly let’s understand what soot is to combat the issue. In essence, soot is a solid particle that results from incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels, primarily petroleum-based fuels. Read this article if you want to geek out on more of the science behind soot. It is called petro-carbon soot which is not found in soy wax. Soy wax is entirely petro-carbon soot free.
However, there are times when black soot can be formed when burning scented soy candles. Here we explain to you the factors why it may. In addition to this, we will share tips on how you can better burn and enjoy soot free candles and have a better experience doing so.
Factors that can contribute to producing soot deposits in candles and top tips to avoid soot:
- Placing a candle near the window where there is wind can cause uneven burning, which will cause flickering and cause the inner part of the vessel to blacken.
- Candle wicks that are not trimmed, so when you first burn a candle, keep it to ¼ to avoid high flames that may cause shooting
- Always choose candles with a cotton wick, rather than lead wicks more prone to causing carbon.
- Avoid candles with an overdose of fragrance: the milder, the better the burning experience.
- Keep your candles debris-free. Imagine a bonfire and what causes high flames!
- Do not burn your candles for too long; 3 to 4 hours a burn is most recommended.
Lastly, on a side note, when shopping for candles, have in mind what you are looking for, is it aesthetic or for the aroma and after which, find a maker or seller with the knowledge to help you buy the candles that best suit your need. Also have a look at our range of candles made of soy wax that are soot free!
Happy Burning x