December Candle of the Month

December is a month full of holidays, parties and family get-togethers. Wherever you are, light a candle and think about the ones you love. Here are some meanings behind candles during this holiday season:

Hanukkah:The reason for the Chanukkah lights is not for the “lighting of the house within”, but rather for the “illumination of the house without,” so that passersby should see it and be reminded of the holiday’s miracle. Accordingly, lamps are set up at a prominent window or near the door leading to the street (Wikipedia.com)

Christmas: During Christmas, every faithful Irish Catholic family hoped to have a priest visit their home so that they could receive the sacraments and in return offer him hospitality. So they would leave their doors unlocked and place candles in the windows to signal a priest that he was welcome and would be safe. Sometimes, a single candle would appear in several windows, or three candles in one window, one each representing Jesus, Mary and Joseph. (catholiceducation.org)

Kwanzaa: Candlelighting, central to the ceremony, reinforces the meaning of the principles. The placement of the mishumaa saba (candles) in the kinara is as follows: Black, for the color of African peoples everywhere, is located in the center. Three red candles, represents the blood of the ancestors, are placed to the left. Three green candles that symbolize the earth, life, and the ideas and promise of the future, are placed to the right. Beginning December 26 with the black mushumaa, a different candle is lit for each day, alternating from left to right. After the candlelighting, the principle of the day is discussed. (anacostia.si.edu)

4oz home for the holidays

Home for the Holidays – A pleasing blend of spruce, lightly sweetened bakery notes, cinnamon spice, and candied fruits. Enjoy the warmth of the holiday season. Candle of the Month Membership make a great gift for those hard to shop for!

Happy Holidays.

Tips for Buying and Burning Soy Candles

When buying soy candles keep these tips in mind:

  • Large rooms will require larger candles, or multiple candles. A tea light will not scent a living room. However a larger candle may be too much for a bathroom, depending on your intensity preferences.
  • White mottling or splotches are normal in soy candles, and may become more pronounced over time. This is normal and does not affect the scent or function of your candle.
  • Keep colored candles out of direct sunlight. They will fade.

 

There are slight differences when burning soy candles compared to other non soy candles:

  • Trim the wick to 1/4″ the first time and every time. This will maintain the burn time, and reduce soot from a too long wick.
  • The first time you burn a soy candle make sure to keep it lit for as long as it takes to create a melt pool that reaches the entire outside edge of the container. This seems trivial and unnecessary. It is one of the most important rules of soy candles. If you only burn your candle for 10 minutes, the next time you light the candle, it will never reach the edges, causing a tunnel effect. This makes the wax melt at uneven rates and will cause your candle to extinguish itself prematurely, therefor ruining your candle.
  • If your candle has tunneled and will not stay lit, you may use glass container candles with a candle warmer.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended