We have compiled some information for you to get the best from your Scented Soy Wax Candle from Otford Valley  Candles.




  • When lighting a soy candle for the first time, allow the wax to melt all the way to the sides of the container.


  • The first burn of the candle should last as long as it takes to reach all the way to the edges of the container.


This will give you maximum fragrance and an even burn. If you do not allow the wax to pool on the first burn you may get wax remaining along the sides of your container.





  • Soy wax does not burn as hot as paraffin wax, so soy wax candles require a thicker wick, which does not burn 100% and needs to be .


  • Always trim your wick to about 6-8mm before you re-light your candle. This will ensure a long lasting candle, and will minimise soot and remove any mushrooming of the wick left from the previous burn.


  • PLEASE be sure not to over trim your wick, as you may not be able to re-light your candle. If you do not trim the wick regularly or if the candle is in a draft or even left to burn too long you may get a “mushroom” of carbon on the end of the wick. This may cause some soot to collect on the inside of the container.  If this happens, extinguish your candle, wait for it to cool, wipe off the carbon marks with a clean damp cloth and re-light.


  • When your candle has approximately .5cm of wax left in the bottom of the jar, it is best to extinguish it for the final time, or you may risk the container cracking due to heat





  • Please remember the candles are hand poured, not mass produced.  All effort is made to ensure consistency, every candle will be different.


  • When using completely natural soy wax, sometimes you may notice darker patches or wet spots in your container candles. This is not a fault, simply a small blemish where the wax has not adhered to the glass 100%.


  • This does not affect the candle in any way.


  • The top of your candle may also appear slightly uneven; this is also a sign of natural soy wax being hand poured.


  • Do not leave your candle in direct sunlight as it may turn a nasty yellow colour. It will not affect the candle in any way; it just loses its creamy white colour.

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