Company cares about our customers. We also care about the health conscious
community. Here are a few
honest answers to the most frequently asked questions about candles, candle
safety and how to get the most from your candles.
Do your candles contain
In a word, NO. Our candles do not
In voluntary cooperation with the National Candle Association and the EPA,
no reputable candle manufacturer in the USA uses lead core wicks. We
certainly don't. The practice of using lead core wicks in the USA
essentially stopped in 1974.
Unfortunately, we cannot say this is true for candles made in China, India,
Malaysia, or other overseas manufacturers.
The best way to protect yourself from lead in candles is to ONLY buy candles
MADE IN THE USA.
What's that metal in the wick and
why is it there?
The grey metal core that you frequently
see in the wicks of US made candles is either tin or zinc alloy. It is not lead.
In 1974, the US candle industry agreed to comply with a voluntary ban on
lead core wicks. The alternative was zinc and tin. Zinc/tin core wicks are frequently used in votives and
softer wax candles to add rigidity and slow the burn rate down.
Zinc core wicks burn much
cooler than cotton wicks and thus help smaller candles to burn
more efficiently and with fewer emissions. According to EPA studies, zinc
cored wicks pose no significant or measurable health risk. However, because foreign candle
manufacturers do not have to comply with the same safety standards as
the U.S. candle industry, it is possible that candles
manufactured outside of the USA might contain lead cored wicks. As of
October 2003, they are not supposed to be imported into or sold in the USA.
How do I tell the difference between a lead
core and zinc core wick if I bought my candle before October 2003?
There is a simple easy way to tell the difference between zinc
core and lead core wicks. Take a white piece of paper and rub it across the
exposed metal end of the wick before burning the candle. If the wick leaves grey marks
on the paper which look similar to pencil markings, it
is a lead core wick and should be disposed of. If you do discover a lead
cored wick, please wash your hands after handling it and inform the store
that you purchased it from so that they can remove these products from the
Is it true that palm, soy and vegetable wax
candles are smoke and soot free?
Absolutely not! There is no such thing as
a smoke free, soot free candle!!!!
Many extravagant claims are being made by alternative wax candle
companies about their products being 100% natural and 100% smoke and soot
free. Many of these companies have also engaged in making completely
incorrect statements about the nature of paraffin and "bad mouthing"
paraffin's safety. We believe that many of these companies are misleading the
public and by doing so are actually harming instead of helping the health conscious consumers to which
they are marketing. For more information on the
subject of paraffin vs. alternative wax
candles click here.
Do your candles put out toxic emissions when
No. According to The National Candle Association, many of the world's
finest wick manufacturers and the EPA who have all conducted extensive
research on the subject of candle combustion along with extensive laboratory
test burning and analysis of the emissions produced by all types of candles,
it has been documented that a well made candle when burning properly emits
primarily two by products of combustion. Water vapor and carbon dioxide. The
same two things that you emit every time you exhale. It is important that
the consumer understand the importance of proper combustion. In other words,
keep your wick trimmed.
What causes a candle to smoke?
The most common cause of smoke in a
properly formulated candle is
an untrimmed wick or drafty conditions.
If the wick is too long, the flame cannot consume all of
the wax being fed to it. Much like tossing green leaves on a fire, the result is smoke. You should always
trim your candle wick to 1/4 inch or less before lighting. If your candle's flame is tall and
begins to smoke, extinguish it, let it cool and trim the wick. Drafts can cause
brief puffs of black smoke which is primarily pure carbon. Other factors can include too much scent or too much
oil in the candle, excessive amounts of low quality fragrance oil, fragrance
which is not designed for candle applications, including some essential oils
and soap fragrances, or a wick which is not properly sized for the wax
formula. If you have trimmed your wick and removed your candle from drafty
conditions and the candle still excessively smokes we suggest you
immediately extinguish it and throw it away.
What causes candles to spill out onto the
Many times this problem is easily avoided
with proper care. Always protect your candle from drafts and wind.
The candle flame should be still when burning. If the flame is dancing
around it is unevenly heating the side walls. If this is allowed to continue
the side wall will break down and "blow out" the side often times
ruining a perfectly good candle. We recommend using a hurricane to protect your candle while burning.
If you cannot find one, be sure to turn your candle every so often to
prevent uneven heating. We also recommend that you limit the amount of time your candle is allowed
to burn. A good rule to go by is never burn your candle more than 1 hour per
inch in diameter. If your candle is 3 inch in diameter, don't burn it more
than three hours at a time. Another very important habit to get in to is
straightening your wick when you extinguish your candle. Most candle wicks
are made from cotton and become soft and bendable when hot. They will tend
to bend to one side, often positioning themselves off center. After
extinguishing your candle, take a toothpick and gently center and straighten
your wick while the wax pool is still warm. This will ensure that your
candle is ready to burn at it's next lighting and will give you many
added hours of enjoyment.
What's a hurricane?
A nasty storm that can really ruin your
vacation or a cocktail frequently found in New Orleans that gives you a
really nasty headache after consumption. Just kidding! We wanted to see if
you were really reading this far. If you've ever seen an oil lamp, a
hurricane is the glass part on top that protects the flame. They are fairly
inexpensive and can frequently be found at your local craft, hardware or
import store. Look in your local Ben Franklin or Michaels Craft Store.
Do I have to use a
We HIGHLY recommend that you always use a
non flammable candle holder, even when not burning your candles. Almost all
candles contain fragrance oils and color dyes which when placed on
furniture, countertops or other unprotected surfaces can bleed or leave
marks. The holder not only enhances your candle display it also helps
protect from any wax which might spill during burning. Try using a ceramic
tile from Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware, Wal-Mart or your local home
Where do I get more information if my
question isn't answered here?
We love to hear from our customers. Give us
a call (808) 873-6161 or submit your questions through our
feedback form and we'll do our best to either provide you with an
answer or direct you to good resource who can.