tutelary

Quality custom poured soy wax candles, melts,
room diffusers, gemstones and other accessories.

FAQ

Soy Candles

  1. What is a 100% soy candle?

    Every Tutelary soy candle is hand-poured with 100% vegetable (soy) wax. This means that all the wax in each candle is 100% soy and any additives are purely natural botanicals. 

    Our soy candles contain no paraffin or carrier oils and are made using only cotton or hemp wicks, (neither contain lead).

    We carefully blend quality fragrance and essential oils.

     

    What is the big difference between a soy candle and a paraffin candle?

    The difference is the wax. Paraffin wax is the final by-product of the petroleum refining chain. It's what's left-over even after the asphalt is extracted! It releases potentially harmful petroleum pollutants in the air, including several known carcinogens according to the EPA. And you may find that burning a paraffin candle may leave the surrounding furnishings and walls covered in a black residue. This certainly doesn't seem like something you'd want to breathe-in, either. There have been many studies done suggesting even more health risks from burning paraffin wax. But rather than continuing to focus on how bad another type of candle might be for you, we recommend you do a little research on paraffin for your own peace of mind, and we'll shift the focus to soy wax.

    Soy wax is made from soy beans which are a renewable resource. This vegetable wax burns much cleaner and does not produce the toxins that paraffin emits. Also, soy wax burns at a lower temperature than candles made with paraffin wax. This gives the consumer not only a healthier environment, but a candle with longer burn times. Additionally, because of the lower temperature at which a soy candle burns, and if the candle is "wicked" properly, the soy candle will leave minimal wax residue on the sides of the container as it burns. Soy wax is biodegradable and just plain environmentally-friendly!

    In addition to soy and paraffin candles, there are candles made with "soy-blends". This is a combination wax created by mixing paraffin and soy together. Be aware that a candle can be called a soy candle with as little as 25% soy wax.

  2. My soy candle appears to be sweating. Is this normal?

    Soy wax will sometimes release excess oil, especially during significant temperature changes. This often happens after shipping across the country. Generally, a small pool of moisture will form on the top of the candle. This will not affect the candle in any way and will not usually reappear after the initial burn.

    To remove the oil, use a paper towel to gently wipe it clean. And always remember to store your soy candles in a cool place, out of direct sunlight.

  3. The importance of the first time you burn your candle!

    Soy wax has a memory and should be allowed to achieve a full melt pool on it's very first burn. If it is extinguished prior to allowing a full melt pool, all subsequent melt pools will not go past the first one.

    To create a full melt pool, burn the candle for a minimum of one (1) hour for every inch of it's diameter. All future burns should follow the first one's path and melt fully to the sides. And depending on the diameter of the container, those future burns should be no longer than four (4) hours. Just follow the rule for creating a melt pool to calculate the length of time a candle can burn safely.

  4. My soy candle wick is large and bending over (mushroom). Is this normal?

    A mushroom-type head that forms on a burning wick is a build-up of carbon. When manufacturing candles, candle makers have dozens of choices of wicks to choose from. Certain wicks, tend produce this effect when the candle is richly-scented. Usually, if a mushrooming-type wick is used, there is a greater benefit such as a slower burning candle.

    There is nothing wrong with a wick of this kind, it just may look a little funny. The size of the wick can be controlled by always remembering to trim the wick prior to burning.

    As with any wick on any candle, the carbon build-up can eventually fall into the melt pool and sink to the bottom. Allowing this to happen is not proper candle care and may cause a fire hazard. This concern can be eliminated by always keeping candle wicks trimmed to 1/4".

  5. My soy candle flame looks too large and is smoking, what should I do?

    Immediately extinguish a candle that has a wild flame. Smoking and a large, flashing flame is dangerous and a sign that something is wrong.

    For either problem, the cause may be a wick needing a trim or excess oxygen fanning the flame. If your wick is already trimmed to 1/4", then check for a draft. Heating vents, ceiling fans, windows or even a heavily used walkway or doorway can provide enough extra oxygen to cause a candle to smoke and produce a wild flame.

  6. Why do soy candles sometimes melt all over the place, and not keep their shape?

    Our votives are made with all-natural soy wax that has been specially manufactured to hold it's shape outside of a container. However, once the wax has been heated from the wick, the soy wax will soften to the point where it cannot hold it's shape any longer. Most people are familiar with the way a paraffin votive holds it's shape as it burns. However, soy votives must always be burned in a protective holder to prevent a fire hazard and to keep the wax from making a huge mess.

  7. Why do I have black soot around the top of my soy candle glass container?

    If you have previously read information claiming soy candles do not produce any soot, it might concern you if you find it lining the edges of your soy candle container. Actually, the truth is that no candle can be completely soot-free. If you have fire, you will have soot.

    However, the good news is that candles made with natural waxes do have significantly less soot than paraffin. And the soot it produces is a lighter, white soot that cannot always be seen. The black soot on the glass rim in all-natural candles typically comes from a wick problem, not petroleum pollutants like in paraffin wax.

    To keep the soot to a minimum, remember to only burn candles one (1) hour for every inch of it's diameter, keep the wick trimmed to 1/4" and keep the candle out of drafts.

    Also, it is very important that wick trimmings are NOT left in the candle wax (or matches, etc.). This will definitely cause black soot. And finally, allow enough air flow around the candle by not burning it in a small space. Doing so will inhibit the amount of oxygen around the wick of the candle and this may cause black soot to form. Black soot may also appear around the rim and on the sides from tilting the candle when lighting the wick. Try using a refillable, butane lighter with an extended nozzle instead of matches or small lighters.

  8. Why does my candle leave so much wax on the sides of the container?

    A soy candle burning straight down the center, creating a tunnel, was not allowed to achieve a full melt pool on it's first burn. All-natural soy wax has a memory and if a soy candle is extinguished prior to allowing a full melt pool, all subsequent melt pools will not go past the first one.

    To leave the least amount of wax on the sides of the container, go for the full melt pool on the first burn. Just remember to burn the candle for a minimum of one (1) hour for every inch of it's diameter to get it. All future burns should follow the first one's path

  9. Why do you use soy candle wax?

    It's Eco Friendly.

    Handmade soy candles and melts are made with 100% natural soya beans. No toxic paraffin which is derived from petrochemical sources. All of our supply comes from fair trade crops that are not genetically modified. Any palm oil that we use is certified that it is sourced from farmed palm oil plantations, and not from endangered orang-utan forest habitat. Soy candles produce less smoke, less soot, are less toxic than normal candles, and are able to be cleaned up in hot soapy water.

    Let us continue to do our bit for the environment. Please return your empty glass and ceramic candle containers to be re-filled, and recycled. We also recycle empty alum tealight cups.

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Diffusers & Oils

  1. What are diffusers and how do they work?

     

     

    You'll be amazed at the quality and scent throw from our diffuser oil. Our reed diffuser sticks have been specially crafted from natural wooden reeds and they draw the fragrance through small tunnels in the stick. All you need to do, is to unscrew the 'cork' top and pull out the plug. Place the cork top back on the bottle then insert your reed sticks. To make the most of your diffuser, each week, carefully take the reeds out, turn them around and place the other end into the bottole. If you want a more subtle scent, don't turn the reeds upside down. Our diffuser oil has no alcohol added (which others use to 'bulk' up the oil, but they evaporate more quickly).

    Our most popular diffuser oils are Angel, Green Tea and Lemongrass, and French Lavender.

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Custom Orders

  1. Can't find what you're looking for?

    We’re happy to take custom orders. Please allow 14 days from order to delivery. You will need to provide us with the type of container you would prefer (or BYO quality container), the scent and colour you would prefer, and we’ll make it!

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Contact Us

[email protected]

0400 0388 33


About Tutelary's owner:

Andrea is passionate about natural products and helping our environment.

She has shared a love of candles and gemstones with her friends and family for many years.

Andrea began to make natural wax candles for herself, family and friends.  She found that she loved to work with soy, and thus founded Tutelary, which means 'higher deity' or 'guardian angel'. 

Tutelary offers a recycling service (wash your candle containers with hot soapy water, and bring them in to be refilled to your custom scent and colour) at $5 per 100mls of poured wax. Some customers have provided unusual containers with a challenge to place a candle or pillar into them! Very exciting! Great for you, great for the environment!

Recently, Andrea has begun to incorporate gemstones into her candles and accessories. Tutelary also has a business name of "Gemstone Candles". She particularly loves to show off her amethyst, rose quartz, clear quartz and smoky quartz collection. She also has a limited quantity of topaz polished stones, gem trees and tealight holders.

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