does this mean?
Bitter Creek North (WI) first went into business, paraffin candles were
the standard. But since we began to sell EZ Soy in 2002, soy candles
have been on the rise and becoming more and more popular in the market
place! So we started testing all new fragrances in EZ Soy to ensure
the best scent throw in this popular type of wax. When you see the
earth symbol next to a fragrance on our site, that means it was either
tested by us or by one or more customers in soy and it did well!
Or on the BC South site, there is a column with soy ratings for each scent
that has been tested so far.
When we test new fragrances,
we use our EZ Soy container wax and test at only 1 ounce per pound
(approx. 6%) and we test burn in a medium sized jar (jelly jars).
Several of us evaluate and rate the scent throw in our office, as well
as having our tech support staff member test burn one in a different building
for evaluation. Many times we also send out samples to customers
for testing as well, just to make sure.
If a fragrance doesn't
pass our tests and throw strongly at only 1 ounce per pound, then we reject
it! Most other companies test at 1.5 oz per pound (9%), so we
test at 1 oz to ensure that we are offering you the strongest throw for
Remember also that not all
soy waxes are the same, so some scents may throw better in one brand of
soy than they do in others. Also take into account that different
people have different senses of smell, so it's always best to test for
yourself and decide instead of relying completely on someone else's judgement!
Don't forget that soy candles need time to cure before test burning, usually
2 weeks is recommended for optimum results. Some scents will cure
faster than others, but many will get better with age. So if you
get impatient and can't wait to burn, don't give up until you try it again
a couple weeks later... you may end up loving it! Test burn in a
room that is moderately sized for your candle... testing in a very large
or very small room may give you unrealistic results. Also make sure
there are no other smells interfering, and make sure your nose is clear
(get out of the house for awhile, open a window and air it out, or sniff
some coffee grounds). It's also a good idea to get a second opinion,
so give a test candle to a friend to test for you too!
We appreciate your feedback! If you've tested any of our fragrances
in soy we would love to hear your results so we can share them on our website!
Rich Hansen - Owner
At BC, we're always "Finding New Ways
to Serve You Better!"