When most people are thinking about making or buying a soy candle, they are considering the smell, the color, the design of the candle. When you are talking to people who are in the soy candle business, whether they are starting a small business from home, or they are already a big business, candle manufacturers understand the Eco-friendly candles wick is really what makes the candle.
To help you understand; for the wick to consume candle wax, it must transport fuel (wax) to the candle’s flame. Pulling the liquefied wax up to the flame is the entire purpose of the candle wick. Regulating the size of the candle wick by selecting different sizes of wicks will determine how much wax is pulled up to the burning flame. If you do not have a large enough wick, the candle will not consume the melt pool of wax surrounding it causing it to drown and sputter out. If the wick of the candle is to large, the candle will flare and soot will be given off as too much fuel is delivered to the flame.
Every wick is made from bundled fibers which have been knitted, braided, or twisted together. Like a fuel pump, the capillary action of the wick pulls liquid wax upwards to the flame.
Learning to determine what wick is best to use will be the most important thing to ensure your success as you work at home to develop your soy candle home business ideas. Everything used, fragrances, coloring, even the shape and size of the candle will impact the selection of a wick. Candle makers will use extreme care selecting the appropriate wick to make sure it made for the correct material, and to make sure it is the correct shape, and size.
When soot is airborne, it can be inhaled. The particles can potentially penetrate the deepest areas of the lungs and the lower respiratory tract causing respiratory problems and aggravating existing asthma, lung, or heart conditions. If left unchecked, soot from regular burning of paraffin candles can also cause significant damage to the inside of your house, your computers, electrical appliances, and ductwork.
Synthetically scented candles are believed to be a major source of soot because the chemicals used in “fragrance” oils tend to soften the wax, increasing the need to add metals to the wicks to stiffen them. They are also likely the main source of phthalates in soot.
The Good News …
The good news is there are ways to enjoy burning candles without routinely exposing yourself to harmful toxins. Here’s how you can avoid the problem:
1. Ensure any new candles you buy don’t have lead in the wicks. Look for “lead-free” or “coreless clean-burning” labels on them. If you’re not sure, you can perform a simple test by rubbing the tip of the wick on a piece of paper. If it leaves a gray mark like a pencil, the wick contains lead
2. Buy candles made with 100% Beeswax or 100% Vegetable Wax. Because these waxes are more expensive, a lot of manufacturers tend to blend them with paraffin. Avoid blended wax candles. Look for labels indicating they are 100% pure
3. To reduce soot no matter what kind of candles you burn, keep wicks trimmed and don’t burn candles near a draft
4. For aromatherapy candles, buy candles scented with only pure essential oils. Soy candles are best for this purpose as they are clean, slow-burning, and long-lasting with superior scent throw (dispersion). Soy candles in containers can also be melted if placed on an electric warming plate. This eliminates the soot generating combustion that comes from directly burning wicks and enables sufficient release of the aromas.