Frosting, But Not the Sugary Kind

If you’re here for cake, we regret to inform you the cake is a lie.

With that out of the way: frosting. And no, we don’t mean on cupcakes, either.

Frosting is a phenomenon that can arise once a candle has been burned for the first time. Though it might appear unseemly, there are a number of reasons why frosting should serve as a reassurance. Let’s explore the what, why, and how of frosting below.

A candle that features frosting

What is frosting?

Frosting appears in the form of white or off-white rings in a candle’s wax. These rings are generally more noticeable with white, undyed wax, but it can still occur.

Why does frosting happen?

Frosting can occur when a candle is first poured if the wax is poured at too high of a temperature, or, conversely, if the jar is too cold. To minimize this possibility, we meticulous take wax temperatures throughout our meltdown and pouring process, and our jars are prepared such that the temperature of their glass remains uniform prior to and during the pour.

When does frosting happen?

It can happen upon first pour, yes, but it’s more likely to happen after the first or subsequent burn of the candle itself. As melted wax interacts with the unmelted wax just below the surface—as well as the glass storing said wax, which does not necessarily maintain a uniform temperature through the burn—resolidified wax can then create frosting as the candle returns to room temperature.

Is there something wrong with my candle? Can I fix the frosting?

Frosting is a normal feature of soy wax. In fact, it’s an indicator your candle is made with an all-natural soy wax! Though we understand it’s not the cutest feature, frosting will not affect how your candle burns. And when you consider that paraffin wax candles—which we do not and will never make—look creamy and perfect all of the time is due to a potentially harmful nonrenewable resource, well, I think you see where we’re coming from.

As we’ve said elsewhere, we have to embrace the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi with soy candles. But, if you do feel you’re seeing anything that might be affecting your candle’s performance, we want you to let us know!