Candle FAQs

Q. What is the difference between Soy and Paraffin wax?

A. The short answer is neither. Each wax has its own particular properties that produce a candle that can hold and burn fragrance oils very well.

Paraffin Wax

  • Was discovered in 1850.

  • It is a natural product derived from the components of decayed animal and plant material.

  • Made by removing the waxy substance from crude oil.

  • Most popular kind of wax used in candle making.

  • Easy to use.

  • Tends to hold fragrance better than soy.

  • It is a non-toxic, colorless, clean-burning fuel.

  • Has a clearly defined large crystal structure and a melt point usually between 120-160 degrees.

  • Tends to be hard and brittle.


Soy Wax

  • Was discovered in 1991 as a newer alternative to paraffin wax.
  • It is a natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable wax.
  • It is a hydrogenated form of soybean oil.
  • It is available in flake form and has an off-white appearance.
  • Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin.
  • Commercial soy wax blends tend to be softer than paraffin and will melt in warm weather.
  • Burns longer and at a cooler temperature than paraffin wax.

Soy being cleaner than paraffin is a myth. Soy emits some hydrocarbons, (soot), when burned. No candle is soot free. All products that burn, give off elemental carbon particles. There is simply no truth that soy is cleaner or better for the environment than paraffin. The chemical structure of paraffin provides a more steady burn than soy. All candle waxes are non toxic. This food grade paraffin  is FDA approved and has been used in food preserving for decades.

There is no better wax out there in regards to health hazards. Paraffin wax candles and soy wax candles are equally safe to burn and enjoy. In the end, both paraffin wax and soy wax are both good choices for candle wax. Neither is more "environmentally friendly" than the other, as there has never been scientific evidence that paraffin wax is harmful to your health in any way at all. It is a personal choice of which type you prefer to use. 

For all these reasons we at Light the Night Candles choose a mix of Soy and Paraffin blend to achieve the best of both worlds in candle making.

Q. Why do candle wicks sometimes become mushroom shaped?

A. When the temperature at which the wick is consuming wax is faster than the flame can burn completely, carbon deposits may develop. Because a larger wax pool is desirable for more fragrance throw, this has become a common practice with many candle makers.

When this occurs the wick needs to be trimmed. Blow out the flame and let the candle cool until the wax pool has hardened.

Trim the wick to 1/4 inch and dispose of the burnt end.

Q. Why do candle wicks let off black smoke

 A. This is a matter of wick length! To eliminate this trim the wick to 1/4 inch of sometimes slightly less. Once again the temperature the wick is burning is consuming wax faster than the wick is naturally trimming itself.

Q. How long should I burn my candle at a given time.

A. The reason many manufacturers specify a 3 hour maximum burn is because the wax pool can become deeper than the wick is capable of burning properly. The goal is to always have a clean burn (no smoke). As long as the wick maintains a length of 1/4 inch the candle will burn properly. Keeping the wick trimmings out of the wax pool requires the wax to be solid. Hence the 3 hour suggestion. Use your best discretion. See our Wick Trimmers under Accessories.

Q. What really is the best fragrance?

A. The one you like the most, of course! All noses are not created equal. All fragrances are derived from natural organic plants or their fruit. The level of concentration is what truly makes the difference. The purest form is called an Essential Oil. Some essential oils can cost over $4,000 per pound and can actually be dangerous to your health if not used properly. Fragrances are manufactured and distilled to meet their intended purpose. Fragrances that touch the skin are regulated for their safe use. Candle fragrances are manufactured to work with the candles wax, simmering pots, potpourri, or sprays in their respective concentrations. Light the Night chooses fragrances that work optimally with our particular wax blend.

Q. When is my candle done burning?

A. If your candle is left to burn to the bitter end, there is a risk of the glass breaking and that flame escaping. NEVER burn a candle with less than 1/4 inch of wax left in the jar! The wick will NOT extinguish itself.