Candle Care

Burning Beeswax Candles

100% pure beeswax candles provide a beautiful glow that cannot be replicated by any other type of candle or artificial light. To maximize the light and life of the candle and to prevent fires and mitigate against possible damage caused from melted wax we recommend the following procedures. 

  • Keep the wick trimmed to a 0.25 inch before lighting: If the wick is too long, it will cause a larger candle flame, causing wax to melt past the edge of the candle and drip. Wax will then pour out and cause potential damage to surrounding items. 
  • If the wick is less than a 0.25 inch, light the candle and tilt to allow enough wax to melt off the edge and expose the wick to 0.25 inch.
  • Before each burn, check the wick for mushrooming. This occurs when the wick is crumbly and expanded at the top - it is also indication that the wick needs trimming. A good way to check for carbonization is to squeeze the wick  between your fingers and if it crumbles trim the wick until the solid portion. 
  • For candles with a burn time of 25+ hours allow the candle to burn at least 2 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.
  • Tunneling limits oxygen to the candle, suffocating the wick and making it difficult to light. You can prevent this by burning your candle for the proper amount of time mentioned above or by pushing the wax rim of the candle in towards the center of your candle, this practice is often referred to as "hugging". To maximize the benefits of hugging, burn the candle until the wax pool is about 0.25 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 while holding the candle.  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.

Beeswax "Bloom"

When beeswax sits for a period of time, a white frosted appearance on the surface of your beeswax candle will form. This is referred to as bloom. Bloom occurs when  the sugars in beeswax rises to the surface and is most common when the ambient air temperature changes from warm to cold.

Some may enjoy the authentic look of bloom, but if not, it can be gently wiped off with a soft cloth, thus restoring the distinctive yellow luster of the beeswax. Another option is to lightly heat the candle with a hair dryer to remove the bloom. 

Bloom is your guarantee that your candle is made from 100% pure beeswax.