How to Get the Most Out of Your Coconut Soy Wax Candle

What’s in a candle!!

Candles have become an integral part of our lives, adding warmth, ambiance, and delightful fragrances to our homes. With the rising popularity of coconut soy wax candles, more people are seeking ways to maximize their lifespan and make the most of their favourite fragrances. I’d like to share some general tips & hacks so you can enjoy that candle all the way to the very end.

Choosing the Right Coconut Soy Wax Candle

When it comes to selecting a coconut soy wax candle, quality matters. Look for reputable brands that use high-quality ingredients, ensuring a clean and long-lasting burn. Consider the fragrance options available, finding scents that resonate with your preferences and complement your living space. Additionally, opt for sustainable and eco-friendly brands that prioritize ethical sourcing and manufacturing processes.  Learn more here:  The Ultimate Guide to Natural Candles

Black raspberry vanilla coconut soy wax candle

Proper Candle Placement

Where you place your candle can affect the way it burns.  Avoid drafty areas, as the airflow can cause uneven burning and shorten the candle's lifespan. Definitely keep candles away from flammable materials, such as curtains or paper, reducing the risk of accidents. It’s also a good idea to consider using a candle holder or tray for added safety (and style).

The First Burn

When lighting your coconut soy wax candle for the first time, it's crucial to establish a good foundation for future burns. Allow the candle to burn until the entire surface melts, creating a wax pool that reaches the edges of the container. This process helps prevent tunneling and ensures an even burn throughout the candle's lifespan. If a candle starts to tunnel it can lead to re-lighting issues, I have a blog post all about that right here:  Troubleshooting Tips for Re-Lighting Your Wood Wick Candle.  Avoid extinguishing the candle too soon during the first burn to maximize its fragrance and longevity.  

top view of candle with full melt pool

Before you Re-light

Trim the wick to approximately ¼ inch before each use, (I cannot stress this enough) allowing for a clean and steady burn. This simple step helps prevent excessive soot and flickering. And, in the case of wood wicks, you have to keep in mind that the wax itself is the fuel for the flame, not the wick itself. You should check the candle for any debris that shouldn’t be there and lastly, check for any damages or cracks in the vessel, as these may indicate a compromised candle.

Whenever possible, allow the candle to reach a full melt pool.  Doing this will reduce the risk of the candle starting to tunnel, it will improve the fragrance throw and will help keep the inside clean from any unnecessary wax buildup. Do not burn for longer than 4 hours at a time.

Candle Care - when not in use

Candles are still aesthetically pleasing and let’s face it, we can’t keep them lit ALL the time.  So here are some tips to keep your candle in tip top shape until you're ready to embrace the moment and light it up.

  • keep the candle away from direct sunlight or heat sources. Excessive heat can cause the candle to melt or lose its fragrance. 
  • If the candle has a lid, place the lid on the candle to prevent any fragrance from dissipating.  
  • Direct sunlight can potentially turn your beautiful candle yellow.  While that won’t affect the burnability, it may not add so much to your home decor anymore.
  • If possible, keep them in a cool dark place until you’re ready to light.

Enhancing Candle Fragrance

** HACK ** If you desire a stronger fragrance from your coconut soy wax candle, there are a couple tips you can try. Experiment with different scent combinations by burning multiple candles together, wait what??!! You can burn more than one at a time?? YES!  I know right?  

Totally. I give you complete permission and what better way to create a unique aroma that suits your preferences. Alternatively, you can use candle warmers or wax melts to amplify the fragrance without lighting another candle. 

DO NOT add a few drops of essential oils to the melted wax before lighting the candle, essential oils are not meant to be burnt and can have an unsafe reaction.  If you’d like to learn more, read this blog post here:  Why Fragrance Oils are a Better Choice for your Candles

Safety Precautions

  • While enjoying the soothing glow and fragrant ambiance of your coconut soy wax candle, it's essential to prioritize safety. 
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, especially when children or pets are present. 
  • Ensure candles are placed on a stable surface, away from flammable objects or areas with high foot traffic. 
  • Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to sleep, reducing the risk of accidents and promoting peace of mind.

Repurposing Used Candle Containers

Don't let the journey end when your coconut soy wax candle has burned out. Repurpose the container for storage or decorative purposes. Clean out any leftover wax by scooping it out with a spoon or other utensil.  Coconut wax is quite soft so this is easy to do.  Once cleaned, get creative with DIY projects using the candle container, such as a small planter or a stylish desk organizer. The possibilities are endless!

Extending the Candle's Lifespan

To prolong the lifespan of your coconut soy wax candle, avoid burning the candle for extended periods (longer than 4 hours at a time) as this may lead to excessive heat and shorten its overall burn time. Instead, consider rotating between different candles to ensure even usage.

Use that unmelted wax at the very bottom.  Do you have a wax melter?  You don’t even need to scoop the wax out.  If you have a 3 in 1 wax melter, place your used candle directly on the warming plate to melt the remaining wax. Alternatively, scoop out the remaining wax and place in your melter that way - good to the last drop I say.

mahogany teakwood candle on wax melter (wickless candle)

Environmental Impact

One of the reasons coconut soy wax candles have gained popularity is their eco-friendly nature. These candles are made from renewable resources and produce less soot and toxins when burned compared to traditional paraffin wax candles. By choosing coconut soy wax candles and supporting sustainable brands, you contribute to a healthier environment and promote a greener lifestyle. Additionally, consider recycling or upcycling the candle packaging to reduce waste and minimize your ecological footprint.  If you’d like to learn more about the surprising environmental advantages of Coconut wax, you can read our blog post here:  Eco-Friendly Candles:  The Beauty of Coconut Wax

Creating a Relaxing Atmosphere

Coconut soy wax candles can transform any space into a haven of relaxation and tranquility. Combine the soft glow of candles with other elements of self-care, such as soothing music, a warm bath, or a cozy blanket. Set up a designated area in your home where you can unwind, meditate, or practice mindfulness, allowing the gentle flicker of candlelight to create a serene ambiance. Let the aroma envelop you and take a moment to indulge in the present.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I leave my coconut soy wax candle burning for long periods?

 It is not recommended to burn candles for extended periods as it can lead to excessive heat and shorten the overall burn time. It's best to enjoy candles in moderation and not burn for longer than 4 hours at a time.

  1. Are coconut soy wax candles better for the environment?

Yes, coconut soy wax candles are considered more environmentally friendly compared to traditional paraffin wax (and even soy wax) candles. They are made from renewable resources and produce less soot and toxins when burned.

  1. Can I mix different scents of coconut soy wax candles?

Absolutely! Mixing different scents can create a unique aroma that suits your preferences. Experiment and find combinations that bring you joy and relaxation.

  1. Can I reuse the container once the candle has burned out?

Yes, candle containers can be repurposed for various things. Clean out any leftover wax and get creative with DIY projects or use them for storage or decoration.

  1. Do coconut soy wax candles burn longer than other types of candles?

Yes, coconut soy wax candles have a longer burn time compared to paraffin wax candles. Vegetable based waxes are more dense than paraffin wax which is why they burn slower and longer.


By following these tips and hacks, you can make the most of your coconut soy wax candle, enhancing its fragrance, lifespan, and overall experience. Remember to choose high-quality candles, properly place and prepare them, and take safety precautions to enjoy a soothing and safe ambiance in your home. Embrace the eco-friendly nature of coconut soy wax candles and let their enchanting glow create a serene atmosphere that invites relaxation and tranquility.

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