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Natural Wax FAQ

Natural Wax behaves differently than Paraffin

We use a custom blend of soy wax and coconut wax to create a clean burning, long lasting candle.  There is no paraffin in our recipe.  We selected a natural cotton and wood fiber wick that is used in all of our candles.

Here are some answers to questions that you may have:

Q:  Why does my wick look frayed?

A:  We selected a natural cotton and wood fiber wick that is used in all of our candles.  This wick has a flat braided style, and as it burns you’ll see little “strings” of the fibers coming apart.  It looks different than a cotton or zinc wick that you may be used to.  Before re-lighting your candle, just gently trim the wick so it’s ¼ inch in length.


Q:  Why does my candle look bumpy/rough on top after I’ve burned it?

A:  The rough, bumpy top after burning a natural wax candle is caused as the hot wax cools and solidifies at an inconsistent rate. This is a feature of natural wax, and will not affect the scent/quality of your candle.


Q:  Why do some candles turn yellow or brown over time?

A:  Some fragrances contain ingredients (such as vanilla, citrus, etc) that may cause your candle to have a tint to it.  This is just something that naturally occurs, and the only way to prevent it is to add a bunch of toxic chemicals to the candle recipe, and that’s something I don’t want to do.  If your candle has a tint when you purchase it, or if it develops a tint over time, it’s completely natural and will not affect the scent/quality of your candle.


Q:  Why is there space between the wax and the jar?

A:  Natural waxes (like soy and coconut) are more sensitive to temperature change.  These "air pockets" occur when the wax shrinks just enough to pull away from the glass of the jar.  This is totally natural, and will not affect the scent/quality of your candle.


Q:  Why is there moisture on top of my candle?

A:  Natural waxes have a lower melting point than paraffin and sometimes they'll release some extra moisture that they cannot hold.  This is known as "soy sweat".  You can wipe it off, or leave it.  Either way, it will not affect the scent/quality of your candle.


Q:  Why does my candle have a white residue/frost on it?

A:  "Frosting" is a perfectly natural effect and is unique to vegetable waxes, especially soy. It is the natural wax recrystallizing.  This will not affect the scent/quality of your candle.


Q:  Why is my candle only burning down the middle?

A:  “Tunneling” is what happens when the wax does not melt all the way to the edge of the container, and therefore only burns down the middle. To prevent this, make sure you allow the top of your candle to melt completely on the first burn. (This will take about 3 hours)  It is also possible that your candle has a small pocket of air under the wax.  Continue to burn your candle as usual, and the wick/flame will eventually even out the wax and it will burn as usual.