Candle FAQs

Are scented candles safe? 

Consumers can be confident that a well-made and properly burned candle, whether scented or unscented, will burn cleanly and safely. Although there are no known health hazards associated with the use of scented candles, unfounded concerns about the safety of man-made fragrances vs. “natural” fragrance materials and essential oils continue to populate the media. The fragrances approved for candle usage – whether synthesized or “natural” – do not release toxic chemicals.

Are your candles made from petroleum-based products?

No our products do not contain any parrafin, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens).  Our products are made from all natural locally sourced ingredients.

Should I be concerned about lead wicks in candles?

No. Lead wicks have been officially banned in the United States since 2003, and before then they were primarily limited to inexpensive imported candles. The Marie Maurice Candle Company only uses wicks made a coreless, cotton flat braid with paper filament throughout, providing increased rigidity and strength. They are self-trimming and clean burning.   

What causes a candle to smoke, and what can I do to correct it?

A well-made candle will create virtually no smoke when burning properly. Consumers often incorrectly believe their candles are sooting because of the wax type, fragrance, colorants or additives used in the candle’s formulation, but sooting is primarily due to flame and combustion disturbances. If the wick becomes too long, or an air current disturbs the flame’s teardrop shape, small amounts of unburned carbon particles (soot) will escape from the flame as a visible wisp of smoke. Any candle will soot if the flame is disturbed.

To avoid this, ALWAYS trim the wick to ¼ inch before every use and be sure to place candles away from drafts, vents or air currents. If a candle continually flickers or smokes, it is not burning properly and should be extinguished. Allow the candle to cool, trim the wick, make sure the area is draft free, then re-light.  

How long should I burn a candle?

Maximum burn times vary from candle to candle, but on the first burn we recommend burning your candle from 2-4 hours until you get a nice melt pool across the top. Always extinguish a candle if the flame gets too close to the candle holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains (½ inch if a container candle or jar candle).