Wick Care: Mushrooming

Sometimes, when writing, we get carried away. We have an idea for another subplot or character or a new theme we want to toy with, and, the next thing we know, our story is collapsing under its own weight.

Our candles totally get it. In fact, their wicks sometimes undergo a similar phenomenon known as a mushrooming wick.

Though we do work to minimize the possibility of a mushrooming wick on a first burn, subsequent burns of any soy wax candle will occasionally result in these mushroomed wicks.

Behold! A curling, mushroomed wick.

What is a mushroomed wick?

A mushroomed wick is precisely what it sounds like: a mushroom shape that blossoms at the end of the wick during a burn.

When do mushroomed wicks happen?

Though they can occur on a first burn, they become more pronounced on subsequent burns. If left unchecked, the weight of the mushroom can cause the wick to curl in on itself. Eventually, this can lead to a collapse of the wick which will extinguish your candle and create an ashy melt pool.

Is there a problem with my candle? Can I fix it?

If a wick mushrooms during a burn, that’s not a concern in and of itself. Once a burn is complete and the candle has cooled, however, it’s important you ensure the wick is cut to ¼” prior to your next burn.

Aside from waiting for the candle to cool prior to doing this trimming, it’s also easiest to address a mushroomed wick after the melt pool has re-hardened. We’ll then turn the candle upside down and trim with a scissors. This will keep ash from discoloring or causing unsightly spots in your wax.

A properly trimmed, formerly mushroomed wick.

As always, embrace the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi with our soy candles. But, if you have any questions about your candle’s performance, please let us know.