Traditional beeswax candles provide a natural glowing ambiance that cannot be replicated by any other type of lighting. However, a live flame requires minimal maintenance to in order to prevent fires and ward against possible damage caused from melted wax. We invite you to review the following safety burning tips to get the maximum enjoyment from your beeswax candles:
● Trim the wick to 1/4 inch before lighting: If your wick is too long, it will cause a larger candle flame, causing wax to melt past the edge of the candle and drip, allowing wax to pour out and potential damage to surrounding items.
● Periodically observe your candle for the correct wick length: Keeping the wick at 1/4 inch long: long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping or flaring. Conversely, if less than a 1/4 inch wick remains exposed, light the candle and tilt to allow enough wax to melt off the edge and expose the wick to a 1/4 inch.
● Check the wick for carbonization or mushrooming: Wick carbonization and mushrooming (when the wick is crumbly and expanded at the top) also indicate the need for wick trimming. Check for carbonization when the wick is unlit by squeezing between your fingers: if it crumbles (texture like charcoal), trim the wick down to the solid part.
● Allow candles with a burn time of 25 hours or more to burn at least two hours at a time: This will allow the wax to melt out to the edges of the candle to ensure an even burn and to prevent tunneling (when the wick gets too far down into the candle center).
● Prevent or remedy tunneling so your candle burns properly: Tunneling blocks oxygen flow to the wick, suffocating it and making it difficult to light. You can prevent this by burning your candle for the proper amount of time (see above) or by “hugging” your candle. For hugging, burn the candle until the wax pool is about 1/4 inch from the edge of the candle, extinguish the candle for a few minutes, and then gently push the top rim of the candle in toward the wax pool with your fingers or a utensil while holding the candle stable. Be careful with the hot wax. Retain a small rim around the melted wax pool to prevent the wax from spilling over the sides. If a tunnel has already developed, carefully trim or peel down the wax off the sides to remove the tunnel and allow more oxygen flow around the wick.
Bloom on Beeswax Candles
Noticing a frosted appearance on the surface of your beeswax candle? That’s called bloom. Bloom is the sugar that rises to the surface of the wax and will occur on all beeswax over time, but most often when the temperature changes from warm to cold.
Though some enjoy the look of bloom, it can be gently wiped off with a soft cloth, thus restoring the distinctive luster of the beeswax. You can also heat your candle gentle with a hair dryer to remove the bloom.
Bloom is your assurance that your candle is made from pure beeswax.