Specilializing in candles made the old fashioned way!
Q:Do you have lead in your wicks?
A:No, absolutely not! The wicks that I use have been approved by the American Lung Association and the Evironmental Pollution Agency (EPA). I, being an American candle maker can not even get a hold of leaded wicks. In fact, if a candle is produced in the United States, the producers of that candle would never have a lead wick. Buyer beware! There are loop holes in the import laws that could allow leaded products into the United States. When you purchase your candle at the retail level, take a look and see where it was manufactured. If it's an imported item, it could have a lead wick. Furthermore, we are proud and upstanding members of the Candle Safety Organization. We proudly display on our home page the "We Checked" logo stating our candles are 100% lead free and safe!
Q:Is there such a thing as a "soot free" candle?
A:Absoultely not! It is extremely misleading to say that any candle can be "soot free". I will never make such a claim about any candle I make. I think it is very irresponsible for any candle maker to make such a claim. There is a tremendous flaw in the theory that "all natural" products are "soot free". Where ever there is fire, you will have smoke, no matter what. Just think about the components that make up a candle. There is wax, fragrance oil, paper or cotton wicking and some candle makers put other types of additives in their candles. All of these components must burn off. Think of it this way, when you are done burning any soy candle, is the wick black or is it white? Most likely it will be black in color. That is carbon that is on the wick, and carbon is a form of soot. I would challenge anyone to do an experiment and take a soy candle, light it and put a spoon or some heat conducting white surface over it. After a time you will see soot or some airborne accumulation on the surface. If you agree with my arguments here, I encourage you to challenge any soy candle maker who claims to have a "soot-free" product, and see how they respond. If they still claim to be "soot-free" they also have been duped by the deceptive marketing practices of candle manufacturers and the media and have not considered the scientific elements of fire. After all this, the point I am trying to make is that anything you burn will give off a carbon by-product of combustion which is soot, even with "all natural" products.
As a candlemaker I have an unlimited supply of my candles to enjoy at home and I do burn quite a few. I have never had any problem with "Soot Accumulation" or "Soot Damage" to my home, whether it was a soy candle or paraffin.
Q:What does keeping a trimmed wick do?
A:The need to educate customers is an absolute must. It is extremely important to educate my customers on how to use their candles more efficiently for safety and maximum enjoyment. Many people light a candle and just walk away. They do not check on it and keep the wick trimmed or periodically check for safety issues. Yikes, that's scary! Just the issue of an unsupervised flame in your home is serious enough. The problem is that as the wick consumes the wax the wick produces a larger flame if it is unattended (trimmed and debris removed from the melt pool). This larger flame not only makes the container dangerously hot, it also produces much more soot and consumes the candle way too fast. If you just trimmed your wicks to about an 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch and kept them trimmed not only would you reduce the soot, but your candles would last about 30% longer with the same amount of aroma and enjoyment.
Q:How long will your candles burn?
A:We say that our large candles can burn for at least a 100 hours. If proper wick care is used, meaning keeping the wicks trimmed, you can get a very long burn out of your candles. Just remember the longer the wick, the hotter the flame, the faster it will burn. Along with that same thinking, the shorter the wick, the cooler the flame, the longer the candle will burn.
Q:What type of indgredients do you use?
A:Only the finest of indgredients are used to produce a Copper Creek Candle. I use only finest soy wax, top quality fragrance oils and lead free wicks.
Q:Didn't your candles use to be paraffin based?
A:Yes, they used to be but times are a changin'. I still like a paraffin based candle over a soy candle but that is my preference. Paraffin and soy each have unique qualities in how they perform. Listening to what people want at craft shows and such, the demand is for a cleaner, longer lasting and more environmentally safe candle. Candles made with soy fits that picture quite well.
Q:Is it true you can use hot soy wax as a lotion?
A:NO! There may be some candle makers out there that will tell you that their candles are so safe you can rub the hot wax on your skin and use it as lotion. DO NOT EVER DO THIS! The wax is very hot and the fragrance oil may not be skin safe. You may get burned badly by the wax and fragrance oil. Often times the fragrance oil that is used for candles is VERY different that what is used for body lotions. If you want skin safe lotion, buy a product that is made with soy that is designed exactly for skin. Candles are made for burning, not to be used as lotion.
Q:Is there such a thing as a 100% all natural candle?
A:In my opinion, I'd say no there is not. The componets that go into making are candle are not all natural grown elements. Besides using soy wax, you have to use a wick in order for it to burn. Most wicks are made from cotton, but most wicks are bleached white. Also, all wicks must primed, meaning in order for them to burn properly, they must be dipped in wax. There are very few wicks that are dipped in a soy base wax, most are paraffin dipped. We know that bleach is a chemical that whitens and brightens and is not naturally grown. If your candlemaker uses fragrance oil, these are synthetic man made oils. These are different than essential oils. Fragrance oils are synthetic, essential oils are made from flowers, natural grown items, etc. Other componets that are used to make candles are an UV inhibitor, vybar, styrene, again these items could be all synthetic, man made items. If you're looking for an "all natural" candle, you may be looking for something that really isn't available...at least not yet.
Q:This is a dumb question, but how should I burn a candle and do you have burning instructions?
A:There is no such thing as a dumb question. You'd be amazed by how many people really do not know how to burn a candle safely. Burning a candle isn't just lighting it and walking away. Take a look at the bullet points I have below.
The candle jar can become HOT, handle with care!
All candles especially highly fragranced ones can produce smoke, keep the wick trimmed to 1/4" to eliminate this problem.
NEVER BURN A CANDLE UNATTENDED or FALL ASLEEP WITH ONE LIT!
Keep burning candle away from children and pets.
Do not place near flammable objects such as curtains, walls, etc.
Place on a protected, heat resistant, level surface.
Burn candles 1 hour for each inch of it's diameter.
Q:Is there such a thing as a "self-extinguishing candle? Can your candle or any candle put itself out if it's knocked over?
A:This is so scary, but I've actually had a person argue with me that there is a candle company that will make a guarantee in writing that their candle will self-extinguish if knocked over! How?? It was said that the "liquid" would extinguish the fire. Let me say this, the "liquid" that they were referring to was hot molten wax. Wax is the fuel for the candle, that is what keeps your candle burning. It was also claimed that if their candle started the fire, they will cover the damages. So if you have $200, 000 worth of damge to your home because you were burning one of their candles, they'd cover it! WOW, they must have one heck of an insurance policy!
Perhaps, there truly is a company that is that foolish to do that. However, If anyone tries to tell you that their candle is self-extinguishing, I believe it's totally false. It doesn't matter if they have a written guarantee. If a candle is knocked over, I think it's the nature of the candle to keep burning. How does it know to put itself out? What if it fell and touched a curtain, does the candle tell the curtain not to start on fire? In my world, that doesn't happen. Please, for the safety of your home and loved ones, do not fall for someones desperate selling pitch.
In my opinion, many candle fires and mishaps are due to human neglience. Please be careful when burning any candle. Remember, you are playing with fire.
Q.What's the difference between your candles and Partylite?
A.There is a world of difference between my candles and Partylite. Geez, where do I begin? First off, I'd say price. Partylite does have a good product, I would never knock them for that. However, they are so dang expensive. Secondly, all my candles are made from natural, clean burning, long lasting soy. Partylite candles are made from paraffin. Which we know is not a natural product and is known for having soot issues. Thirdly, all of my candles are hand poured. Yup, each and everyone of them. They are not massed produced by a machine. All are poured with love and care and that assures you of the highest quality. I can go on and on about the differerences, I'd hope that you give my candles a chance and see for yourself why Copper Creek Candles are Minnesota's best soy candles!
Are there any questions that I missed? Email me, I'll be happy to address any issues you may have.