Tag Archives: soy wax candles

Candle Safety

14 Mar Candles burn please enjoy them safely.

As a chandler I have candles burning all the time in my home … and I mean all the time! I am constantly testing wick sizes, new fragrances and new containers BUT I NEVER leave them burning in a room where there is no-one to keep a check on them. If that means I have to test an enormous candle in my small home office then so be it. My home, family and pets are worth too much for me to risk losing them to one moment of inattention.

I wasn’t always like this though. Yes, in the past I have left candles burning unattended, sometimes overnight! When I think back now I realise just how lucky I was on those occasions.

I suspect that one of the reasons I have been so lucky is that even in my foolish days I was always careful about where my candles stood. They were always on protective plates, always away from windows and window dressings, always clear of draughts and usually in the centre of tables or on mantelpieces with no decoration above.

Unfortunately it seems though that no matter how often we candle makers stress the safety aspects of burning candles there will always be those who don’t follow our advice. My candles have warning safety labels on the bottom and they all come with a mini card (usually stuck to the lid) with advice on how to enjoy the candle safely. Yet still I read about homes burning down due to candles being left unattended or too close to highly flammable materials.

So here are 6 simple tips on avoiding burning your house down. I’ve even included some answers for those who want to know why they should do as is suggested. 6 simple tips to help you enjoy your candle safely. And if you can’t be bothered with following all of them then at least take notice of TIP 6. Continue reading

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{TIPS} How to clean your soy candle jar

6 Aug

Surprisingly, maybe, one of the most frequent questions I get asked as a maker of soy candles is how to clean the jar when the candle has burned out. I think this is because many of the shop bought candles around are made of a paraffin based wax blend that has a high melt point, is very hard in texture and therefore is difficult to clean up. I can remember trying all sorts to clean out pretty jars in the past.

Because soy wax (and I’m not talking about a paraffin/soy blend) is a soft wax with a low melt point cleaning up your jars (and spills) is actually very simple. There are several ways you could do it but this is my preferred method … I’m all for quick and simple! Continue reading

Recycled Jar Candles | Inspiration

11 Mar

Last week one of my customers brought some empty coffee jars around for me to fill with wax and turn into candles. She lives in a house which is entered via a set of outdoor stairs and was looking for a romantic way to light them up when she expects visitors.Using your old jam, coffee, pasta sauce jars, etc is a fantastic and affordable way to turn any outdoor space into a rustic and romantic area. If you don’t want to find a chandler to make the candles why not just pop a tealight into the jar.

Recycle your old jars.

Recycle your old jars

Dress up the jar with pretty papers and materials (making sure they’re well away from the flame!!) and you have a simple yet stylish candle display. You could also add wire and hang them from tree branches … the options are endless.

It’s Beginning to Smell a lot Like Christmas! – Christmas Candles, Gift Boxes and Tags

31 Oct

It’s all heads down, bums up at Just Jane HQ at the moment. Why? Well Christmas is coming and that means lots of markets to get ready for. And even though I had plans in place fairly early on – in August in fact – I still am not ready and the first market is in two days O.M.G!

Soooo, where to start? Well, way back in August (maybe even July) I found these great coloured jars and just knew they would be perfect for my Christmas candle range. Then I had to test them to make sure they were suitable for use as candles and to find out what size wicks worked best, etc – you can never do too much testing as a candle maker 🙂 The great thing about these jars is that they will be fab for re-using in most rooms of the house – see below for a little bath salt recipe. I wanted to make them attractive as gifts on their own so added some handmade gift tags which include my labelling and I’m thinking about adding a little handmade polymer clay charm to each as well – not sure how I’ll be fixed for time on that one though. So here’s the almost finished product. Continue reading

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Introducing … Soy Wax Candles

18 Aug

After much anticipation (well, in our house anyway) I am finally able to announce the new addition to Just Jane … soy wax candles.

Candles by Just Jane

These are something we have made at home for some time now, but after several friends commented on how lovely they were when given them as gifts we finally decided to give them a go as a part of the business. It’s very exciting although a little daunting too.

The candles are made of 100% soy wax and for now they are all container candles – hand poured into lovely glassware. In the fullness of time we will expand the range and we hope to introduce pillar candles eventually. Soy wax is a completely eco-friendly product and sustainable which makes chosing candles made of this vegetable based wax an environmentally sound one. I’ve included below a little chart which shows the differences between burning a regular paraffin blend candle (what most mass produced candles are made from) and a soy wax candle.

Soy vs paraffin chart

Soy vs paraffin chart

My candles are all hand poured by me and made with love.

And the really great thing about them is that they can be decorated and personalised to suit your requirements! The baby bulbs make ideal bonbonniere/placecard style gifts for weddings and special events and the larger ones are great for gifts for those special people in your life.

Baby Bulb Candles – Decorated

We are starting small with just 3 styles but as the business grows so will the range.

I would love for you to visit www.justjane.com.au and have a good look at them. I even have a store set up where you can order them online and then I’ll be in touch to discuss the finer details.

Jane

‘It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness’
Dr Carl Sagan, American Philosopher