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Candle Burning Instructions

- Amaretto Coffee
- American Apple Pie
- Angel Food Spice Cake
- Banana Bread
- Carrot Cake
- Cinnamon Sticky Buns
- Coffee Cake
- Cozy Kitchen™
- Gingerbread SpiceType
- Hazelnut
- Heavenly Chocolate
- Homespun
- Indonesian Chai Tea
- Lemon Bars
- LoonLake Griddlecakes™
- Market Spice Tea
- Mulled CiderType
- Oatmeal Raisin CookieType
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Spiced Apple Harvest
- Sweet Grammies Cookie
- Vanilla Cappuccino
- Very Vanilla
- Warm Vanilla SugarType
- Autumn Apple
- Coconut Lime Verbena
- Caribbean Coloda
- Coconut Milk & Peaches
- Cranberry
- Cucumber Melon
- Dreamsicle
- Greenbluff Peach
- Grapefruit
- Honeydew
- Jamaica Me Crazy
- Lemongrass
- Lime
- Mango Papaya
- Mulberry
- Orange Peel
- Pearly Pear
- Pineapple
- Polynesian Pink Ginger
- Strawberry Jam
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Totem Beach Tan
- Watermelon
- Angel Baby Powder
- Cherry Blossoms
- Gardenia
- Green Tea & Lime
- Honeysuckle
- Jasmine
- Jasmine & Vanilla
- Lavender
- Lavender & Vanilla
- Lovely Lilac
- Magnolia
- Polynesian Pink Ginger
- Sweet Pea
- Angel Baby Powder
- Blackberry Sage
- Country Clothesline
- Ethiopian Magic
- Eucalyptus Spearmint
- Everwoods™
- Frankincense & Myrrh
- Green Tea & Lime
- Juniper Jubilee
- Lemongrass
- Lime
- Mandarin Pachouli
- Nag Champa
- Ocean Fresh
- Sandalwood
- Silvery Sage
- Warm Vanilla Sugar
- Washington Woodlands™
- White Tea & GingerType
- American Apple Pie
- Amaretto Coffee
- Angel Food Spice Cake
- Autumn WreathType
- Carrot Cake
- Chocolate Mint
- Christmas Fudge
- Cinnamon Sticky Buns
- Clove
- Cranberry
- Cinnaberry
- Cozy Kitchen™
- Eggnog
- Gingerbread SpiceType
- Hazelnut
- Homespun
- Mulberry
- Mulled Cider
- Orange Clove
- Peppermint
- Pumpkin Spice
- Spiced Apple Harvest
- Spiced Cranberry
- Super Cinnamon
- Sweet Grammys Cookie
- Very Vanilla
- Vanilla Hazelnut
- Washington Woodlands™

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General Burning Guidelines:

Please following all of the guidelines listed below as they will
help ensure the safety of you and your loved ones!!

Trim wick to ⅜ each time before lighting. You may need to use your wick dipper to extinguish the candle, and trim the wick back to ⅜ after several hours of burning. DO NOT trim too short! This will result in a small flame and the melt pool will not reach the edges of the jar.

Always burn candle at least until the wax has liquefied to the edge of the jar. A general rule of thumb is one hour per inch of width of the candle. This will prevent any chance of tunneling. Example: A 2" wide Roly Poly candle will need to burn for at least 2 hours.

Our candles are tested to burn in room temperatures averaging 70˚ degree's. Keep in mind your burning environment. If you room temperature is 60˚degree's, you may not achieve a full melt pool or have poor scent throw.  If you room is at 85˚ degree's, your candle may burn faster and need the wick trimmed more often.

Keep wick centered and melt pool free of wick trimmings. When your wax burns down to the last ½" you may need to re-center your wicks if they move. A handy-dandy wick dipper works great for this task.

Please remember, candles must be burned away from drafts and on a stable heat resistant surface. Please DO NOT allow water or moisture to mix with the wax. This can cause splattering and popping of the wax!

Candle care and burning is a responsibility. Please burn wisely!! Keep candles away from children, pets and curtains! All candles come with a warning label attached to the bottom
- Please read it!

Remember, Never Leave A Burning Candle Unattended!     

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What are the differences between Caterpillars Soy Candles 100% all natural soybean wax candles and other company's paraffin wax candles or soy blend candles?

Caterpillars Soy Candles are made from 100% all natural waxes, which are soy and vegetable waxes (palm plant wax is used for our pillars). This renewable source of wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax candles, (paraffin is a by-product of gasoline refining). Soy wax also burns longer as natural waxes burn cooler than paraffin wax. The candles may also exhibit some "sweating" during extreme temperature changes. (See the next question). [top]

My jar candle has a small pool of wetness on the top of the wax. What is this?
This is called "sweat". Soy wax has a lower melting point than regular paraffin wax, and will release excess moisture that it cannot hold. You can leave it or wipe it out with a paper towel. It does not affect the burn quality, and will generally not show up again after your first burn. This typically only shows up in the jar candles. For optimum performance, store your caterpillars candle in a cool area, out of direct sunlight. [top]

My wick has a "mushroom" type head on it after burning. What is this?
This is a build-up of carbon, and is found on almost all fragranced candles. This effect has been minimized as much as possible with Caterpillars Soy Candles, and by following our burning instructions of trimming the wick to ⅜" before the next burn will eliminate this build-up. [top]

My candle has been burning for about 4 hours and I can see smoke coming from the wick. What should I do?
You should extinguish the candle and trim the wick to ⅜". Smoking from a wick is usually caused by the wick needing to be trimmed. This is also the case if you just lit a candle and see it smoking. If your wick is already trimmed to ⅜", check to make sure that your candle is not being burned in a draft. Heating vents, ceiling fans, windows and even doorways that you walk through fairly often will create a draft of wind and will cause your candle to smoke and create soot. [top]

I noticed on the last few candles that I have burned that there is black soot around the tops of the jars. What causes this and how can I avoid it?
First of all, you may have read or heard other candle manufacturers claim that their all natural wax candles are "Soot Free". This is a big misconception. No candle can be "soot free", but natural wax candles do have less soot. (see the candle facts page) The only way a candle can be soot free is if the flame is completely blue (ie: propane torch), meaning there is 100% combustion. Black soot is caused by a candle that is smoking (in our candles this is typically from too long of a wick!).

  1. There could be several reasons why you are getting black soot. First, you should only burn your candles 1 hour for every inch the candle is in diameter. For votives - this is 1 1/2-2 hours, for jars a maximum of 6 hours, depending on the diameter.
  2. Second, make sure that you trim the wick to ⅜" each and every time before you light your candle.
  3. Third, make sure that you are not burning your candle in a draft. Any draft of wind will make the candle flame flicker and smoke.
  4. Fourth, when you are trimming your candle wicks - do not leave the trimmings in the candle wax. This will cause black soot.
  5. Fifth, ensure that there is enough air space around your candle. Do not burn under a cupboard or shelf. This inhibits the amount of oxygen that is getting to the wick of the candle and will cause black soot to form.


My candle is leaving a lot of wax on the sides of the container as I burn it. Is this normal?
This is called "wax hang up" or "tunneling", and is usually caused because on the first burn of the candle it was extinguished before a full melt pool was achieved. To get a full melt pool on any candle, it should be burned for a minimum of one hour for every inch the candle is in diameter. Most waxes have a "memory", and if a candle is extinguished before a full melt pool is achieved on the first burn, the subsequent melt pools will not go past this first burn ring.  [top]

Candle-making is an art and a science.  A good candle manufacturer plans, designs, and tests their candles with their fragrances per each candle container and size to ensure good scent "throw" and candle performance.  Each fragrance has different “throw” qualities, and just “triple scenting” does not mean more fragrance. In fact too much fragrance can cause the candle wick to mushroom, smoke when burned, and could even cause the candle itself to combust causing shooting flames eight inches above the candle! (guess how we know that! :)

Caterpillars Soy Candles are all designed and tested to burn properly, creating the safest, cleanest, and most aromatic candle on the market.

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