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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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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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Candles light up the night both indoors and out. Get your grandma’s mason jars or rinse out an assortment of jelly, pickle and mayonaise jars and create your own candle chandelier.

Sunset magazine’s Web site recently had a great photo of this very idea. Check it out here. If you tackle this DIY project for your backyard, dining room or patio, send us a photo! And for a nice selection of toxic-free votive candles in dozens of fragrances, remember to shop the Isle.

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We know that candles don’t burn perfectly every time you light them. So we address the most common problem, tunneling, and give you a simple solution!

Prevent Tunneling
When you burn your candle be sure to let it burn until the entire surface is covered in melted soy oil. Soy has a memory and if you blow out your candle before the candle has burned long enough to melt across the entire surface the soy will “remember” and have a tendency to stop at that same point the next time it is lit.

Repair Tunneling
If tunneling has already occurred, trim the candle’s wick, then take your hairdryer and heat the soy lotion candle from the top. Hold your hairdryer about 12 inches from the candle until the soy melts all the way across. This will level your soy lotion candle and make it ready to burn once again.

The 15-Second Secret
Kathy Miller, Isle of Candles’ owner, suggests softening your soy lotion candle without lighting it by heating it with your hairdryer for 15 short seconds. This warms the candle enough that you can dip into the soy lotion and use it on your skin.

Read all of our Frequently Asked Questions here.

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Cleaning out the bottom of a candle holder is the pits! Before you light a votive candle, add a drop of water to the candle holder. Then place your votive candle right on top of the droplet. This will keep your votive from adhering to the bottom of the holder as it burns. It makes for really easy disposal of your melted votive and helps to keep your candle holder clean.

Just add a little dab of water to each candle holder before lighting these votive candles.

Just add a little dab of water to each candle holder before lighting these votive candles.

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You love the candlelight glow you get every time you light your living room and dining room tapers. But in the daytime, you see you’re often left with an awful, waxy mess (unless you are in the habit of using dripless candles).

To remove this candle wax from your beautiful candle holders, put the candle holders in the freezer for about an hour. The cold helps to harden the wax, which can then be lifted off. Use your fingernail to scrape off the wax or try a plastic spatula to break it free.

If there is some persistent wax that still won’t scrape off, use your hair dryer on the high setting to melt the wax. Wipe clean with a paper towel.

Simple hot, soapy water should remove any wax smudges left behind.

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Wick Trimming 101

Sure, we all buy candles and they all likely come with a warning label on the bottom of the container, but does anyone ever read those things? If you read Isle of Candles’ warning labels you would discover instructions to keep your wick trimmed to a height of ¼-inch. Such trimming results in longer burn times and a better burning candle.
a warning label from Isle of Candles

Why trim your wick…
In short, the reason you should trim your candle wick is because it makes your candle last longer with the best burn possible. There is an optimum length for our cotton wicks to appropriately absorb and then burn off the melting soy.

Trimming your candle wick helps prevent…
*the wick from leaning over into the candle and getting buried in the soy
*the charred mushroom tip of the burnt wick from breaking off into the candle

When should you trim your wick…
Trim your candle wick every time you light the candle. If you have been burning the candle for several hours, it might be necessary to extinguish the flame, trim the wick and relight the candle if the wick is forming a charred mushroom shape at its tip.

Tools for trimming…
We highly recommend the Wickman wick trimmer because it has a special tray that catches the cut wick, preventing it from falling into the candle. Use nail clippers until you get your wick trimmer. As a last resort use scissors, which can easily damage a candle, not to mention your wrist, due to the angle you must hold the scissors to trim container candle wicks.

The Wickman wick trimmer is a wonderful tool for candle lovers. It's available at Isle of Candles.

The Wickman wick trimmer is a wonderful tool for candle lovers.

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Top 10 Ways Isle Customers Use Their Soy Lotion Candles

Our soy candles are "dippable."
1. with a DIY manicure—the soy oil is fabulous on cuticles
2. for reducing the appearance of scars
3. for moisturizing—from bald heads to pinky toes
4. as a bargaining chip—whoever receives the soy lotion foot rub gives up control of the remote
5. to relieve a Pawleys Island sunburn
6. to help heal cuts
7. on their pets’ dry skin
8. to relieve the pain and itch of insect bites
9. to relieve eczema and psoriasis
10. as a fragrant air freshener that doesn’t pollute the air with soot and smoke

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Ever blow out your candle so hard that the soy oil splashes out of the jar or pieces of the burnt wick fall into the melted candle? Here’s a trick to try…use your finger!

No, don’t wet your finger and pinch out the fire! Simply hold your finger upright, halfway between your mouth and the flame,… and blow. This keeps your breath from hitting the flame directly, causing splatters and splashes, while still extinguishing the candle. Try it. You’ll be amazed how it actually works.

Better yet, send us a picture of you demonstrating this technique!

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“Recently I had a facial sebaceous cyst requiring hospitalization for eight days. Upon arriving home, I applied the soy lotion candle to the infected area. At my first visit to my doctor after the surgery, she was amazed at the healing process! I continued the soy lotion application; at three months the redness was completely gone, the scar was fading! It was then that I used the soy ball. Now one year later my facial skin is back to normal, NO SCAR!! I am so thankful for the soy candle products and their many uses. I highly recommend your great product.”
–Barbara B. from Pennsylvania

Of course double dipping is allowed!

Of course double dipping is allowed!

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