Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Candles

Are the scents and candle dyes eco-friendly?

  • Yes. The scents from the candles are either derived from 100% natural and pure essential oils or from premium grade of fragrance oils. The latter are: produced by top European Fragrance houses; phthalate and nitro musk free; safe in bath and body products; and are 100% pure - never cut or diluted.
    The Ultra Violet (UV) resistant candle dyes are formulated with eco-friendly ingredients and are fragrance free. All the products in our catalogue are produced in accordance with International Fair Trade, Safety, and Environmental Standards. These candles are tested in-house and independently, using American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and European Union (EU) standard protocols. In addition, they are also tested for physical characteristics, performance, and safety.

What is pure essential oil?

  • Pure essential oil is a natural liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. These oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. They are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.
    Please click here to get a detailed description of the essential oils used.

What does premium grade of fragrance mean?

  • Fragrance oils are blends of aroma components that are created to smell like the real thing. Many fragrance oils are blended from essential oils, but because they are not guaranteed to be 100% essential oil they are called fragrance oils. These oils are manufactured in three grades. They are formulated differently depending on application. The three grades are: manufacturers; cosmetic; and premium. The premium grade of fragrance is an enhanced formula to provide additional concentration of the top note while sustaining the middle and base notes in fragrance oils. It requires less oil to be used when scenting candles while providing superior aroma qualities.
    Please click here to get a detailed description of the fragrances used.

Are all your candle waxes 100% natural?

  • Yes. We would like to highlight nevertheless that our natural beeswax range has been blended with all natural plant wax.

Can we use the melt pool from all your candles as a moisturiser?

  • No. You are strictly advised to use only the melt pool from soy wax candles.

How do I use the melt pool from the soy wax candles as a moisturiser?

  • Simply light the candle and allow a melt pool to form. Extinguish the flame! The flame itself is always hot so please blow it out before using. You can then dip your fingers directly into the melted pool once it has reached a warm temperature. You can also pour the melted pool out of the tins or glasses and use them for massage. We strongly recommend patch tests for customers, especially those with sensitive skin, using new products.

How do I do a patch test?

  • The inside skin of the wrist, elbow or behind the ear are the best places to carry out a patch test. Simply apply a bit of the melt pool to one of the areas and if irritation occurs – usually characterised by a rash, a burning, prickly or tingling sensation, redness or any other temporary discolouration of the skin – remove the product immediately with warm water and a damp cloth.

Are your products tested on animals?

  • No. None of the Lights of Bliss product range is tested on animals, nor do our socially and environmentally responsible manufacturers use any ingredients that have been tested on animals

Are any of your products derived from animal sources?

  • The only ingredient used in our range that is derived from an animal source is beeswax.

What type of chemical reaction occurs when a candle burns?

  • When you light a candle, the heat of the flame melts the wax near the wick. This melted or liquid wax is then drawn up into the wick by capillary action. The flame's heat vapourizes the liquid wax to produce water vapour and carbon dioxide (the same by-products that humans produce when exhaling).

When I burn my candles, it smokes and has a high flame. What should I do?

  • Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, check for drafts, and re-light. If the problem persists, discontinue use.

Where can I burn my candles?

  • Always burn candles in a well-ventilated area or room. Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a "tight" home where air exchange is limited.

What type of wick is being used for all your candles?

  • Our environment-friendly manufacturers only use appropriate cotton or cotton-paper-core wicks. They DO NOT use lead wicks as they adhere to international standards for health, safety, and environmental regulations.
    Please click here to read about the detrimental effects of lead wicks!

How do I maintain the beauty and colour of my candles?

  • To keep your candles looking their best, keep candles in a cool, dry place and out of direct sunlight.

Do scented candles produce more soot than unscented candles?

  • The oils found in certain fragrances may slightly increase the small amount of soot produced by a candle, but wick length and flame disturbance are the primary factors that impact the production of soot in a properly-formulated candle.

Are scented candles safe?

  • Yes. When a candle burns, the wax is drawn into the wick, where it is "consumed" by the candle flame to produce water vapour and carbon dioxide. The only difference with a scented candle is that a small amount of fragrance is released as well. Our reputable candle manufacturers use only the finest fragrances that are approved for burning in eco-friendly candles. They also carefully monitor the addition of fragrance to ensure that the candle will burn safely, cleanly and properly.

What do I need to know about candle safety?

  • Candles are safe when burned properly, responsibly and according to manufacturer's directions. Nevertheless, it's important to remember that a burning candle is an open flame, and thus a potential fire hazard if not monitored carefully.
    Please click here to refer to our candle care and burning instructions for more information!

How long should I burn my candle for?

  • It is advisable not to burn the candle for more than 3 hours at a time. However, please do read and follow the manufacturer's instructions before lighting the candle.

Can I place my tea-lights anywhere when I light them?

  • Even though tea-lights are self-contained in their own polycarbonate plastic containers, they should be burned in appropriate tea-light holders or other similar heat resistant dishes. NEVER leave a candle unattended, in an area of drafts or near fans. Keep pets, flammables and children away from the area where you are burning candles. When burning candles, consumers should follow the basic safety rules.
    Please click here to refer to our basic safety rules!

What is the big difference between eco-friendly candles and commonly used paraffin candles?

  • Eco-friendly candles burn cleaner, last longer and hold more fragrance. These candles do not contain any pesticides or herbicides and are definitely NOT from genetically modified crops. They are specially hand-crafted and are renewable, sustainable and biodegradable. Unlike paraffin candles, they do not contain toxic chemicals or carcinogenic compounds that can place your health at risk. Eco-friendly candles do not release the toxins that paraffin candles emit. Paraffin wax, on the other hand, is a by-product of fuel refining - specifically, Paraffin is the "bottom of the barrel" even after asphalt is extracted.
  • Paraffin is the final by-product in the petroleum refining chain. Even "food grade" paraffin contains several known carcinogens (cancer causing agents) identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - such as benzene and toulene, which are released into the air as a paraffin candle burns. Some other air contaminants in paraffin fumes include methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), and naphthalene--substances found in paint, lacquer and varnish removers.
    Please click here for a detailed comparison between the different types of wax used.
  • Research suggests that breathing paraffin fumes from a burning paraffin candle in an enclosed environment, has much the same detrimental effect as inhaling significant second-hand tobacco smoke, or even the exhaust fumes of a small diesel engine!
  • Please click here to read more about the hazardous effects of paraffin candles!