Most Common Candle Making Issues and How to Overcome Them

Candle making is a delightful and creative hobby that allows individuals to craft beautiful and aromatic candles for personal use or as heartfelt gifts. While the process of creating candles can be immensely satisfying, it is not without its fair share of challenges. In this blog post, we will explore some of the most common issues encountered during candle making and provide practical solutions to help you overcome them. Let's dive in!

  1. Poor Scent Throw: One of the most desired aspects of a candle is its fragrance, but sometimes candles may not release enough scent when burned. This issue can arise due to various reasons, including using an insufficient amount of fragrance oil, using a fragrance oil with low-quality ingredients, or not allowing the candle to cure properly. To address this problem, ensure you follow the recommended fragrance oil to wax ratio, invest in high-quality fragrance oils, and allow your candles to cure for an adequate amount of time before burning them.

  2. Uneven Burning: Uneven burning is a common frustration among candle makers and candle enthusiasts. It can lead to tunneled candles, where the wax burns down the center, leaving a significant amount of unused wax along the sides. To prevent this issue, ensure that you trim the wick to an appropriate length (typically around 1/4 inch) before each use. Additionally, during the initial burn, allow the candle to create a full melt pool that reaches the edges of the container. This will help establish a proper burn pattern and prevent tunneling.

  3. Frosting: Frosting refers to the white crystalline patterns that can appear on the surface of soy or natural wax candles. While it does not affect the candle's performance, it can be aesthetically displeasing. Frosting occurs due to the natural characteristics of the wax and temperature fluctuations during the cooling process. To minimize frosting, try using a wax blend specifically formulated to reduce frosting, avoid drastic temperature changes, and wrap your candles in a towel or blanket after pouring to create a slower cooling environment.

  4. Wet Spots: Wet spots are patches that appear as air bubbles or sinkholes between the wax and the container's sides. They occur due to the shrinkage of the wax during the cooling process. To reduce the occurrence of wet spots, ensure that your containers are preheated before pouring the wax, avoid pouring wax that is too hot, and try using a heat gun or hairdryer to gently heat the container's sides after pouring to eliminate any potential wet spots.

  5. Poor Adhesion: Sometimes, candle wicks may detach or move from their original position during the pouring process or while burning. This can result in an uneven burn or, in worst cases, the wick extinguishing itself. To improve adhesion, consider using wick stickers or glue dots to secure the wick to the container's base before pouring the wax. Additionally, ensure that you centre the wick properly and use a wick holder to keep it in place while the wax cools and solidifies.

While candle making can bring immense joy, encountering certain challenges is inevitable. By understanding and addressing these common issues, you can enhance your candle making experience and create beautiful, well-performing candles. Remember to experiment, learn from your mistakes, and enjoy the creative journey. Happy candle making!

Back to blog