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Handmade Soya Wax

London, Surrey

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Hi I'm Maxine, I started to handmake my own candles during the first lockdown. I specialise in hand-poured premium soy wax scented candles that will enhance your home with warmth, and a delightful aroma. My candles are expertly crafted in the UK, located in South London 

My candles are made in my home, each one hand poured individually with captivating scents, ensuring that there is a perfect scent for everyone. I use only the finest fragrance oils, which are designed to provide a long-lasting fragrance throughout your candle experience. 

My aim is to be more eco-friendly and sustainable, so I exclusively use 100% soy wax and natural cotton wicks. Soy is a safe alternative to petroleum based paraffin. Soy is  natural, plant based and vegan friendly, it produces a clean flame with relatively no soot given off. It burns for longer and gives a brighter flame. Soy also has benefits for people who suffer with allergies, and add minimal pollution to the atmosphere of your home and the planet.

Paraffin Candles

made from PETROLEUM, emits HARMFUL GASES when burnt, emits BLACK SOOT, has carcinogen compounds (CANCER- CAUSING agents), may NOT BURN completely, INCREASES CO2 emissions, NOT BIODEGRADABLE


Soy wax Candles


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Thorneloe Gardens, Croydon, Surrey CR0 4EQ

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Common Queries

The dos and don'ts of candle burning

  • When you light your soy candle for the very first time, it is important to remember that a candle has a "memory".  You should burn your soy candle for 1 hour for each inch of its diameter, until you receive a full melt pool (soy wax is melted across the entire top of soy candle). So, if you bought a new candle that is 2 inches in diameter, you should burn your candle for at least 2 hours (though not more than 4 at a time).

  • Do trim your wick before each burn and re-centre your wick after each burn - Wicks that are not centred can cause your soy candle to burn unevenly. If you find that the wick is no longer burning in the centre of the container you will need to extinguish the soy candle with your wick dipper and put the wick back to the centre position while the soy wax is still soft.

  • Don't place your candle in a draughty area. Drafts and/or extreme temperature changes can cause your candle to burn unevenly. Please try moving your soy candle to a draft-free location if you experience uneven burning. Drafts will make your candle flame flicker which causes smoke. 

  • Never leave a candle burning unattended! If you burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, carbon will collect on the wick, and your wick will begin to "mushroom." This can cause the wick to become unstable, the flame to get too large, your candle to smoke, and soot to be released into the air and around your candle container

  • Don't leave the lid off when not in use.

  • Do clean the glass.

Anytime you have a flame, you do have soot.

Yes, that is correct, you will find that no candle can be completely soot free, but soy wax candles create much less soot and more importantly none of the toxins found in paraffin candles.  In fact, pure soy wax produce 95% less soot if burned properly.  That means less black soot on your walls, ceilings, and furniture!  Black soot is caused by a wick that is smoking (in most soy candles this is typically caused by the wick being left un-trimmed!)  It takes very little time to care for the wick and is so worth the effort to know you are breathing cleaner air when burning soy candles.
If you are experiencing soot with your soy candle, make sure that you trim the wick to 1/4" each time before you light it. You should never leave the trimmings in the candle wax, they will cause black soot. Also you will want to make certain there is enough air circulation around your soy candle (do not burn candles in a tight area such as on a bookshelf as there will not be enough air circulation, causing a lack of oxygen needed for the candle to burn appropriately

How do you fix a candle that is not burning evenly?

You can fix a tunnelled candle by wrapping a piece of aluminium foil around the edge, leaving a hole in the middle to light the wick. After a couple of hours, your wax would have melted to an evened-out level.

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