Vanilla & Coffee soy candle with coffee beans
Vanilla & Coffee candles are definitely our bestsellers, and there are good reasons for that. Made with 100% natural vanilla oil and the best quality, GMO-free soy wax of European origin, with fresh coffee beans, and in a comfortable, safe to hold, glass mug – it’s all the best you could expect from the candle. You can also choose from white and brown label colors to satisfy your personal taste.
The scent is amazing too. Soft, pleasant, mild, and well-balanced. It’s a real mood-improver. And when you light the candle, coffee beans start to heat up, and they add an extra aroma of freshly brewed coffee. They mix together in a subtle blend; the effect reminds of a sweet cappuccino. It’s simply delicious.
Vanilla & Coffee candle care and safety
It might seem obvious how to use a candle, but there are a few extra things worth knowing so that you can enjoy your candle longer and in a safe way. It’s all very simple and doesn’t take much time. The most important thing:
Keep the wicks short
This rule applies to all candles but for soy wax candles it’s especially important. Wicks can be thinner or thicker, made of different sorts of cotton, and coated with different wax; but after all, they all need to be trimmed. Why? Because a short wick means longer candle life. If you let the wick untrimmed, it will grow longer with time, it can start mushrooming (forming a sort of black mushroom-shaped residue on the top) and become too heavy to support its own weight. Especially in the case of natural cotton wicks, which are not wire-supported like in some pre-prepared paraffin wicks. This can cause the wick to drown or start to produce smoke and make the walls of the glass black. It’s not the end of the world and it’s all easy to fix, but it’s just easier to keep it nice from the beginning to fully enjoy the candle. A longer wick gives a bigger flame – a bigger flame burns the wax faster. When you keep the wicks short, you get many hours of wonderful fragrance and cozy candlelight.
How do you trim the wick? You can use a professional wick trimmer but you don’t really need it. It’s just a fancy accessory. You can simply use small scissors or even your own fingers (you’re going to need a tissue). Each time before you light the candle, make sure the wick is no longer than 5-6 mm. You should also trim the wicks every few hours if you burn the candle for a longer time.
One more thing is advised: don’t burn the candle longer than 4 hours. Why? If the pool of melted wax becomes too big, it might not be able to fully support the wicks in a standing position (again: especially in the case of natural wicks). However, if you do so, it’s not a drama, but I’d still advise blowing the flame off, letting the wick cool off for a moment, and trimming it shorter. Then you can light it again. (If you see, however, that the wicks become soft and start to go down, you should let the wax cool down and get more solid before lighting it back.)
What if a coffee bean catches the flame?
Sometimes I’m asked: what if a coffee bean catches the flame? Obviously, this is not the intention, but there is a small risk that it can happen. As I systematically burn our Vanilla & Coffee candles in our home, I already have a lot of experience (yes, they’re also my favorites, and one of the best perks of being a candle maker is that you have to test plenty of candles yourself 😉 ). It doesn’t happen very often but from time to time one coffee bean or another will come in touch with the wick and if the flame is low, catch it. Don’t worry though! It’s really nothing serious. First of all, it will not be a big flame. It’s safely closed in a glass mug, so unless you don’t kick the glass off the table, nothing bad will happen 😉 All you need to do is slightly press the bean with a teaspoon or a skewer under the wax surface and delicately move it to the side. If you feel that there are too many coffee beans, you can just remove a few with a teaspoon. That’s all!
I don’t have to tell you that you should never leave a lit candle unattended, right? 🙂
For more tips on how to make your candle’s life longer read our article here.
Pssst… Did you know that occasionally we make our Vanilla & Coffee candles in glass bowls?