Sounds contradictory doesn’t it? Intuitively, it seems that burning a candle for a longer period of time would make the candle burn away faster. However, allowing a candle to burn all the way across its surface before extinguishing the flame prolongs the candle’s life. This applies to candles in jars and other containers (not pillars–they are designed to burn differently).

This simple act of letting your jar candle burn longer helps to prevent tunneling. Tunneling occurs when the candle melts down the middle leaving a “wall” of unmelted soy all the way around the candle container. The next time you light the candle, that initial “wall” of solid soy will act as a barrier; your candle won’t be able to melt all the way across the container and much of your candle will be wasted.

If your candle begins to tunnel, use a hairdryer to melt the soy until the soy oil is melted all the way across the container. Then trim your wick to 1/4-inch. Your candle will be renewed and ready for lighting once again.

Let your candle burn all the way across the container to avoid tunneling.

Let your candle burn all the way across the container to avoid tunneling.

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A new study revealed that frequently lighting paraffin wax candles around your bathtub in an unventilated bathroom could be dangerous to your health. These candles emit harmful fumes that are linked to asthma and lung cancer. Read the full story about this study on BBC News.

Soy candles, on the other hand, do not release harmful toxins into the air you breathe and are a healthier choice for a luxurious candlelit bubble bath.

Paraffin wax candles introduce dangerous emissions and do more than pollute the air with smoke. Unless otherwise stated, nearly all candles use paraffin wax, a cheap, plentiful residue of refined petroleum. Paraffin has a high melting point and it requires an even higher temperature to combust.

Paraffin is a petroleum product and when petroleum is not fully combusted, petrol-carbon soot is produced, which is chemically similar to the smoke plumes you see from a big diesel truck. According to the EPA, paraffin candles give off petrol-carbon soot, which can blacken walls, ceilings and furniture; contaminate ventilation ductwork in your home; and add potential carcinogens into the air you breathe.

So if a hot, relaxing bath is on your mind after a long day of work, do yourself (and your home) a favor and only light soy candles.

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Dear Isle of Candles,
Caught my husband in my soy lotion candle this weekend treating a cat scratch from the neighbor’s cat. That explains the lovely “Fresh Crisp Linen” smell of my husband. Do you have soy candles with no fragrance for those manly men so they don’t have to sneak around in my candles?

Dear Cat Scratched,
Not only do we have Fragrance Free” candles we also have a candle called “JUST FOR HIM.” It is a men’s cologne. And we have “BLUE WATER” which is the men’s cologne, “Cool Water.”

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sweet-talking centerpiece

sweet-talking centerpiece

What a great idea from Good Housekeeping magazine! Fill a glass bowl or vase halfway with colorful conversation heart candies. Nestle pillar candles into the candies, twisting until they stand securely. Light and enjoy.

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Isle of Candles recently received this testimonial from a customer who has battled dry, cracked hands in wintertime that often result in bleeding.

“Every winter, my hands get very dry and they crack and bleed. I’ve been to a few dermatologists who all told me to use these expensive prescription creams and to moisturize my hands once an hour. For me, that’s impossible. I had pretty much just accepted that my hands will always be dry and cracked in the winter. Then we met you guys and ever since [my wife] has had one of your candles around. This winter, after complaining about forgetting to moisturize, [my wife] suggested that I try the lotion from one of your candles. So I ‘dipped’, rubbed in the lotion, and went to bed. I was amazed when I woke up because the lotion from your candles kept my hands moisturized all night. I dipped again in the morning, and it kept my hands moisturized nearly all day. Now I can use the lotion 2 or 3 times a day rather than once an hour, and keep my hands dry and nearly crack free.”
–Matt C., Myrtle Beach

Matt, we’re so glad you tried dipping into our soy lotion candles and have finally found relief for your hands. Naturally rich in vitamin E, our soy candles are great for hands AND FEET! Maybe this Valentine’s Day you’ll pamper your wife with a foot rub using our soy lotion!
Our soy candles are "dippable."

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Flowers that bloom year-round while adding ambient lighting to your home are favorite (and unique) gifts from Isle of Candles. From willow branches and mini roses to plum trees in various colors, these illuminated flower branches last for 5,000 hours! An extra long cord means you can put them anywhere and still reach an electrical outlet.

Heart Touch Massage in Virginia used the lighted flower branches to brighten a bottom shelf in their reception area.

Heart Touch Massage in Virginia used the lighted flower branches to brighten a bottom shelf in their reception area.

Available online in a spectacular array of colors:
Cream Mini Rose
Amber Plum Tree
Lime Green Plum Tree
Red Plum Tree
White Plum Tree
Willow Branch

Lime Green Plum Tree Lighted Flower Branch

Lime Green Plum Tree Lighted Flower Branch

Red Plum Tree Lighted Flower Branch

Red Plum Tree Lighted Flower Branch

Lighted Willow Branch

Lighted Willow Branch


Buy your illuminated flower branches here.

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Thanksgiving is four short weeks away and as you make your grocery shopping list, prepare the guest rooms for all your out-of-town visitors and carefully place autumnal colored tapers in your candle holders, consider a new Thanksgiving tradition this year…a small dinnerlight at each place setting.

Dinnerlights from Isle of Candles are about two inches tall

Dinnerlights from Isle of Candles are about two inches tall

Dinnerlights are wonderful for formal tables as they add to the ambiance and festive occasion. Made from soy lotion, each dinnerlight burns for 15 hours and is available in Fragrance Free and more than 48 scents. You may choose one fragrance for every 12 dinnerlights ordered.

$3.5o each (minimum of 12)
$3.00 each (48 or more)

Dinnerlights are hand poured when ordered. Isle of Candles ships anywhere in the continental U.S.

To order dinnerlights, please call Isle of Candles at 843-237-2108 or toll-free at 866-237-2108.

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Donna M. from Maryland emailed us with her recent soy lotion candle experience.

“I visited your store this past August and purchased several candles for myself and for gifts. As luck would have it, my son works for an outdoor barbeque place and two weeks ago accidently got burned in two places by one of the oven lids. The burns were pretty bad second degree burns. I saw the burns the next day and thought why not try the soy candle’s lotion. I figured I’d try it out and see what happened before going to the doctor.

I applied some to his burns and overnight the blisters were completely GONE!!! He has been applying this lotion daily now for almost two weeks and the skin is just barely pink. It is truly miraculous how this has cleared up so quickly. His employer is so impressed that they are now looking into getting some to keep on hand at the workplace. Oh, by the way, my son never needed to see the doctor. The lotion worked its magic and healed the burns literally overnight!”

Soy lotion candles come in travel tins and glass jars. Price range is $7.99 to $24.99.

Soy lotion candles come in travel tins and glass jars. Price range is $7.99 to $24.99.

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Turn your floral arrangement into an everlasting candle with our handmade candles from flowers.

Turn your floral arrangement into an everlasting candle with our handmade candles from flowers.


We have new photos of our everlasting memory candles. These are handmade candles made with your flowers. Popular with wedding bouquets and funeral arrangements, our candles from flowers are used with a disposable oil burner, so you may forever treasure the sentimental candle without it ever burning down.

Read more about candles from flowers by clicking here.

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Decorating with Candles

We at Isle of Candles love to see pictures of candle decor. The more creative, the better. And thanks to www.RealSimple.com, we’ve got more than two dozen DIY candlescaping ideas with photos. They are easy, inexpensive and some even use items you already have around the house.

Repurpose champagne flutes, terra cotta pots and jelly jars to cast ambiant light over your next patio party or family dinner. If you’re burning these candles inside, consider switching from toxic, sooty paraffin wax candles to soy candles.

Send us pics from your candlescaping ideas–whether you replicate what is shown here or come up with your own.

Click here to for photos and instructions on crafting your own candlescape.

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