Candle-Sense is the place to go to when a more complete understanding of candles, their quirks, their burn habits and more is required. Within these hallowed cyber-walls we will bring a sense of enlightenment, pun intended, and clarity to all things candles.

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Welcome to Candle-Sense

Welcome to Candle-Sense. Think of this page as your freshmen orientation class to Candles 101. On this page we will talk about candle burning basics, how to take care of your candles, and setting up a relaxing environment within your home to enjoy your candles. So let’s get started.

What makes Fox candles different? Instead of aniline (coal-based) dyes and petrochemical fragrances, we opted for natural Earth derived paints, soy (vegetable) wax, and aromas derived solely from the plants around us.  With the emphasis on sustainability growing strong and knowing where your products come from, we at the Fox Shoppe are more inspired than ever to continue innovating and honoring plants. 

What is Soy Wax? Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at temperature. Thank you Candle Science.

What are Wicks made of? Candle wicks are normally made out of braided cotton. Wicks are sometimes braided flat, so that as they burn they also curl back into the flame, thus making them self-consuming. Prior to the introduction of these wicks special scissors were used to trim the excess wick without extinguishing the flame. However, wicks now come in hemp and wood stick varieties. Thank you Wikipedia.

What is a first burn/wax pool and why is it so important? Soy wax has a "memory", believe it or not, and this memory helps it to avoid "tunneling" down the center of the candle or container as it burns. This tunneling may also cause the candle to not give the best scent throw. By allowing your soy candle to create it's initial memory burn it will help the candle create a full melt pool of wax; hopefully to the edge of the candle or container and; therefore, increases the candle's scent throw.

Snipping the wick after every burn. It’s a good idea to snip your wick after each burn, why you ask, because keeping the wick trimmed to approximately 1/8 of an inch at all times helps control the amount of “fuel” or wax that is present. By keeping the amount of fuel limited, the flame will create ideal complete combustion where carbon particles are absorbed by the flame. Pretty cool stuff huh?

What is hot and cold candle throw? The hot throw in candles is when the wick of the candle has been lit and the scent begins to fill a space. The aroma of a well made candle will fill a averaged sized room fairly quickly. This scented aroma will linger the whole time the candle remains lit. The cold throw in candles is when the wick is unlit. When you go to a shop and open the lid of a candle on the self and smell it’s scent - that is cold throw. Enough to tell what the candle will smell like when lit but not fill a large space when put in your home.

What is burn time? Burn time is the duration a candle takes to burn down. This could be in one burn setting or over several burn sessions. Larger candles with larger wicks will consume wax at a faster rate. The larger wicks can be expected to yield 5-7 hours per ounce of wax used. Smaller wicks less time. Also the composition of the candle will make a difference, size, shape, color, and scent all play a factor.

How do I dispose of my candle/candle wax when it has burned down? There are several things you can do with the wax and container once your candle has burned down. If it is scented and there is still some residue left place it on a warmer to get the very last bit of scent from the candle. If wax from a pillar is left you have several options; one i using the left over wax to make fire starters. This can be accomplished by taking pine cones and dripping or dipping the pine cone in the wax. Let it dry and then use it when starting a cozy fire. They can also be used when camping. Wax has other useful purposes, fixing a squeaking drawer, making crayons with dye for kids activities, etc. There are plenty of DIY ideas for re-purposing the remaining wax from your pillars.

What about the candle container? There are certainly a number of uses for containers of various sizes once they have lived their lives as candles. You can use them as make-up brush holders, pen and pencil holders, cotton ball containers and more. You could also send your container back to the Copper Fox and we will take care of cleaning it, storing it, and perhaps re-purposing it as another candle. Just send us a message that you would like to return your container and we will send you a box with return label. We will even provide a discount on the next candle you purchase for being an amazing eco-friendly consumer. A win win for everyone.

Candle Safety: Please place your candles in a safe location, free of drafts and potential bumps. More fires are started when a candle is knocked over or placed next to a flammable object like curtains, bedding, papers, etc. For more on candle safety please visit: candles.org/fire-safety-candles/candle-safety-rules , National Candle Association.

Disclaimer: The Fox family is not compensated for any reference to a book, web page, or product you may find in the reading of our content. We are simply a well read family and enjoy learning and sharing what we discover; it’s just best practice and good community support. That said let’s move on.

Creating an Inviting Candle Environment:

Feung Shui: Candles are one of the strongest expression of the feng shui element of Fire (unless you have a fireplace, of course!). Being that powerful, there are specific feng shui guidelines that are good to follow when you want to create good energy of your home.

As an expression of the Fire feng shui element, candles invoke the energy of purification and inspiration, they warm up the energy and help release daily stress. Candles also bring a creative and vibrant quality of energy to any space, as well as fill it with passion for the sacredness of life. 

If there is one space in your home that should not be without candles, it is definitely the bedroom! Modern bedrooms are sorely missing the vital quality of sacred passion, and burning candles - good quality candles - can help ignite this energy. As well as purify and warm up the space, of course! For more information on Feung Shui visit thespruce.com or any online resource on the topic.

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special. Don’t know what I am talking about here are some examples; if you have ever enjoyed a hot mug of cocoa with marshmallows on a snowy day or sipped coffee by the fire chatting with your closest friends you have experienced Hygge. Want instant hygge all you have to do is light a candle. Danes use twice as many candles as the rest of the world combined. WOW. So, purchase a candle from a candle shop (like the Copper Fox - you know, since you are already here), and light it.

If you would like to explore Hygge in more detail The Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking is a great place to start.

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