How to burn soy candles so that they serve us best?

Burning candles. It seems trivially simple. Light it up and down. What more do you need? Do we really use the full potential that our candle gives us?

More and more often on our market, apart from the popular paraffin candles, we can find candles made of soy, rapeseed or soy-coconut waxes.

You can read about why it is worth replacing paraffin with natural waxes HERE.




The most popular natural wax is soy wax. It is made from hardened oil obtained from soybeans. Unlike paraffin, soy is a biodegradable ingredient and a renewable resource. In addition, the wax that we use to make Light of Hummingbird candles comes from organic farming.

If you are just starting your adventure with natural candles, be sure to follow a few tips below to fully use their potential to avoid disappointments during use. Perhaps you are already an experienced candle-aholic and you know all the secrets of burning candles, but maybe you will also discover something that will positively affect your adventure with candles.




The first burning of the candle is crucial. It depends on how it will behave further in use and whether it will serve us for a long time. Soy wax is a natural product, without enhancers, which is why its burnout is also specific.

The first burning of the candle should take about 2-3 hours, depending on its size or the manufacturer's instructions. It is important that the wax evenly melts

over the entire surface to the edge of the vessel. This will prevent the formation of the tunnel, where the wax stays on the sides of the vessel and burns only in its center. As a result, each subsequent lighting of the candle will only enlarge the narrow combustion tunnel, not using the full potential of your candle. A candle that creates such a narrow tunnel in the wax will be at risk of going out, and the deepening of the funnel will cause the flame to have too little oxygen for it to burn properly.

So, if you want your candle to stay with you as long as possible, keep it burning until the melted wax is evenly distributed over the entire surface of the vessel, up to the edges.

The biggest mistake made during the first contact with a natural wax candle is its momentary firing, and then quickly extinguishing it. Do not light up the candle only for "trial", in order to check its smell.




Skillful shortening of the candle wick before lighting it’s another important factor affecting the durability of your candle.

Light of Hummingbird candles are equipped with a wooden or cotton, unbleached, high-quality wick. In order to ensure a beautiful and calm flame, before each candle lighting, shorten the wick to a length of approx. 0.5 cm. In addition, taking care of the wick will ensure cleanliness on the surface of the candle. In order to avoid contamination of the wax with fragments of the burnt wick, instead of blowing it out, it is best to "suffocate" the candle with a special candle extinguisher. Trimming the wick as the candle burns down can be a bit of a pain, but just break it off by feeling the length with your fingers.




Both minimum and maximum burning times must be respected. By observing the minimum burning time, we prevent the tunneling phenomenon. Exceeding the maximum burning time of the candle, the burning wick becomes heavier and heavier, despite being trimmed before lighting. This can cause it to skew and cause the candle to burn unevenly. The wicks used in our candles are not stiffened in any way and do not contain a metal core. These are natural, unbleached cotton wicks. Another effect of a long burning time of the candle may be the sinking of the wick and its extinguishing by too much melted wax.


At first glance, everything may seem a bit complicated, but just follow these few simple rules to take full advantage of natural wax candles:


  1. When lighting up the candle for the first time, let the wax melt all the way to the edge of the vessel.


  1. Burn the candle for 2-3 hours at a time or as directed by the manufacturer.


  1. Shorten the wick to approximately 0.5 mm before each candle use.


  1. If the candle flame is too large or flickers, shorten the wick.


  1. If the wick has the so-called mushroom effect caused by soot deposits, extinguish the candle, clean the wick and light it again.


  1. When the flame of the candle is dim, or when the candle starts to go out, remove the burnt part of the wick and light it again.


  1. Make sure the candle burns evenly. Burn it for a maximum of 4 hours each time.


  1. Store the candle at room temperature.


Light of Hummingbird candles fill your space with the vibe of beauty, light, joy and love. They carry the beauty of every momentfor you. 

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