Our candles are hand-poured here in Southern Illinois by the finest local candle-maker. I personally select the best scents that fill a room with out even lighting the wick! They are long lasting, cleaning burning, and truly THE BEST candles you'll ever buy! Why 100% Soy? Soy wax in made from soy beans and is all-natural. Soy can be renewed & regrown by farm families located right here in the Midwestern United States. Soy candles also burn about 50% longer than less expensive paraffin candles that are also made from petroleum byproducts and release carcinogenic soot when burned. Get the most from your candles! The first time you light your new candle, allow it to burn for at least an hour or until the wax is melted across the entire top of the jar. Otherwise a tunnel can form down the center of your candle, wasting precious wax! Trim the wick to 1/4 inch before burning. Make sure the large pieces that form at the wick have been removed. Burning your candle for no longer than 4 hours at a time will cut down on the carbon or "mushroom" often seen on the wick that can lead to smoke & soot being released into the air. Never burn your candle all the way down. If burned to the base the glass can get extremely hot & could cause the glass to shatter. keep the candle away from drafts, such as ceiling fans, air conditioners or breezes. Keep it only on a sturdy, open, and visible space away from pets, kids, curtains, decor, etc.