Do Soy Candles Expire? The Shelf Life of Candles

Soy candles have gained immense popularity in recent years. As with any product, consumers often wonder about the shelf life of soy candles. Do they expire, and if so, what factors affect their longevity? Today, we will explore the topic of soy candle expiration and provide insights of how to make the most of these delightful candles.


Understanding Soy Wax Composition

To comprehend the expiration of soy candles, it's essential to understand the composition of soy wax. Soy wax is derived from natural soybean oil. Read more about how the wax is made here: How is Soy Wax made

The good news is that soy candles do not have a fixed expiration date like food products. When stored correctly, soy candles can maintain their quality and performance for an extended period. On average, a well-made soy candle can last several years.

If you decide not to burn your candle within a few weeks of months, store them in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, and moisture. Avoid exposing soy candles to humidity, as it can affect their appearance and scent.

Different fragrance oils will last for different periods of time. High-quality fragrance oils are more likely to maintain their scent over time, but also we must consider how strong a particular oil is at the time of purchase.

Though soy candles do not have a strict expiration date, certain signs indicate that they may no longer be at their best:

If the candle no longer emits a strong fragrance when burned, it may have lost some of its scent over time. But the biggest indicator that your candle is past its shelf life, is when it starts to smell rancid, and it will start to look terrible. Take into consideration though, that discoloration or frosting on the surface of the candle may occur over time, but it does not necessarily mean the candle is expired. It's merely a natural characteristic of soy wax.


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