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    Soy Wax Tealights, the Ultimate Guide

    Looking to add a touch of elegance and warmth to any occasion? Look no further than soy wax tealights. These small, versatile soy candles have become a staple in the home decor world. Whether you're hosting a dinner party, setting the mood for a romantic evening, or simply enjoying a relaxing bath, tealights are the perfect choice. But what exactly are soy wax tealights and why are they so popular?

    In this comprehensive guide, we'll explain everything you need to know about soy wax tealights. From their history and design to the different types and uses, we'll explore how these little candles can make a big impact. So, whether you're a tealight novice or a seasoned enthusiast, get ready to discover the magic of these miniature wonders. Get ready to light up your life with tealights!

    Why Soy Wax?

    Soy wax candles and tealights are made from soybean oil, which is a natural and renewable resource that can be sustainably grown. Soybeans are a crop that is widely cultivated, making soy wax an abundant and environmentally friendly alternative to paraffin wax. The oil is extracted from the soybeans and undergoes a hydrogenation process to turn it into a solid wax.

    Soy wax is known for its clean and even burn. Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin candles, which means it burns at a cooler temperature and lasts longer. This means that soy wax offers a longer lasting and more economical option for those who enjoy the cosy ambience of candlelight. More on the benefits of Soy Wax, click here...

     

    Soy wax tealights and tealight holders
    Soy wax tealights and Tealight holders, available in our FelinFach online shop, click here...

     

    Modern Day Soy Candle Chandler

    A Candle Chandler? - "a maker and seller of tallow, wax candles, and also usually soap".

    We are a modern-day candle chandler, hand pouring soy wax tealights using traditional methods and skills but also other fragrance items such as soy wax candles and wax melts. Our tealights are unscented. They are designed to be used with soy wax melts and a wax melts burner or on their own to provide subtle light and ambience.

     

             

     

     

    What are tea lights?

    Soy wax tealights are small, cylindrical candles that are typically encased in a metal or plastic cup. They are designed to burn for a relatively short period of time, usually between 3 to 5 hours. The name "tea light" originates from their original purpose of heating teapots, keeping tea warm for extended periods. However, over time, tealights have evolved into a versatile lighting option that is used for a wide range of purposes.

    Our tealights are handmade with eco-friendly, sustainable plant-based waxes such as soy wax, coconut and rapeseed wax. Plant-based waxes provide a clean and even burn. We do not use paraffin wax in our tea lights or any candles. They are available in various sizes, with the most common being 30 millimetres (1.5 inches) in diameter and approximately 13 millimetres in height (0.5 inches). The small size of tealights makes them ideal for creating a soft, ambient glow without overpowering the space.

     

    Tealights in a box of twelve and a wax melts burner
    Tea lights and a Tea light holder, available in our FelinFach online shop, click here...

     

    History of Tealights

    The history of tealights can be traced back to ancient times. The concept of using candles for both practical and decorative purposes dates back thousands of years. In ancient civilizations, candles were made using animal fats and were primarily used for lighting purposes. The Romans were among the first to develop a more refined candle-making technique by using beeswax, which burned cleaner and produced less smoke.

    The use of tealights as we know them today can be attributed to the 20th century. In the early 1900s, tea lights were primarily used for heating teapots, hence the name. However, their small size and affordability soon led to their popularity as a decorative item. With advancements in candle-making technology, tea lights became more widely available and began to gain popularity in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Today, tealights are a staple in the world of home decor and event planning. Their versatility and affordability have made them a favourite among homeowners, party planners, and interior designers alike. Whether used individually or in clusters, tea lights have the power to transform any space into a warm and inviting atmosphere.

    Benefits of Using Soy Wax Tealights

    Soy wax tealights offer a range of benefits that make them a popular choice for various occasions. Here are a few reasons why tealights are loved by many:

    • Versatility: Soy wax tealights are incredibly versatile and can be used in a wide range of settings. From intimate dinners to extravagant weddings, tealights can create the perfect ambiance for any occasion. They can be placed in candle holders, lanterns, or even floating in water to add a touch of elegance and warmth.
    • Affordability: Soy wax tealights are an affordable lighting option, especially when purchased in bulk. They are a cost-effective way to create a cosy atmosphere without breaking the bank. With their relatively low price point, you can easily stock up on tealights to ensure you always have them on hand for any event or occasion.
    • Ease of Use: Soy wax tealights are incredibly easy to use. Simply place them in a suitable holder or container, light the wick, and enjoy the soft, flickering glow. Unlike larger candles, tealights require minimal maintenance and can be easily replaced when they burn out.
    • Portability: Due to their small size and lightweight nature, Soy wax tealights are highly portable. This makes them an excellent option for outdoor gatherings, camping trips, or even for creating a cosy atmosphere during power outages. You can easily pack tealights in your bag or carry them in a container for convenient use on the go.
    • Safety: Soy wax tealights are considered to be safer than larger candles, thanks to their enclosed design. The metal or plastic cup that surrounds the flame helps to prevent the risk of fire or accidental spills. However, it's important to still exercise caution and follow safety guidelines when using tealights, especially around children and pets.

        Tips for Safely Using Tealights

        While tealights are generally safe to use, it's important to follow some safety guidelines to prevent accidents. Here are some tips for safely using tealights:

        • Keep away from flammable materials: Ensure that the area surrounding the tealights is free from any flammable materials, such as curtains, papers, or clothing. Keep a safe distance between the tealights and any combustible objects to prevent the risk of fire.
        • Use suitable holders: Always place the tealights in suitable holders or containers that are designed to hold candles. This helps to prevent accidental spills or tipping over. Avoid placing tealights directly on wooden surfaces or other flammable materials.
        • Never leave unattended: Never leave tealights burning unattended. It's essential to extinguish the flame before leaving the room or going to bed. Always double-check that all tealights are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
        • Keep out of reach of children and pets: Keep tealights out of reach of children and pets. The open flame and hot wax can pose a safety hazard. Place tealights in areas where they cannot be easily accessed by curious hands or paws.
        • Avoid placing near drafts: Avoid placing tealights in areas with strong drafts or air currents. This can cause the flame to flicker or become unstable, increasing the risk of accidents. If using tealights outdoors, choose a sheltered spot to protect them from wind.
        • Trim the wick: Before lighting the tea light, ensure that the wick is trimmed to a suitable length, ideally around ¬ľ inch. This helps to control the flame height and prevent excessive smoke or soot.
        • Extinguish with care: When extinguishing tealights, use a snuffer or gently blow out the flame. Avoid blowing directly onto the tea light, as this can cause hot wax to splatter. Allow the tea light to cool completely before handling or disposing of the used candle.

        By following these safety tips, you can enjoy the beauty of tealights without compromising on your well-being or that of your loved ones.

        Tealight Holders and Accessories

        To enhance the beauty and functionality of your tealights we have a selection of beautiful tea light holders.

        Conclusion

        Soy wax tealights are a versatile and affordable way to add light and ambience to your home. They are small and portable, making them easy to transport and use. Tealights are also relatively safe to use, as they produce little heat. If you are looking for a way to add a touch of elegance and style to your home, tealights are a great option.

         

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        Last updated 4th August 2023

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