Much Ado About Pitting

The Three Little Pigs. Goldilocks. Hansel and Gretel.

You’ve heard these stories countless times, but you’ve never heard them told exactly the same way from one time to the next, have you?

Candles are—yes, we’re going there—like fairy tales.

Though you ultimately end up with a candle no matter what, every hand-poured soy candle is unique. No matter how standardized our candlecraft may become, each candle—or at least each batch of candles—will be slightly different.

Often these differences are imperceivable, but one that might stand out is pitting, or a rough, bumpy appearance at the top of one’s wax. So let’s explore what pitting is, why it happens, and what it means for you and your candle!

What is pitting?

Pitting appears in the form of rough, bumpy wax at the top of one’s candle.

Why does pitting happen?

Pitting is the result of the wax cooling and solidifying at an inconsistent rate relative to the wax in its immediate vicinity. 

When does pitting occur?

Pitting can come about in the aftermath of the initial candle pour, but we have refined our candle pouring process to minimize pitting. After burning your candle at home, you might notice a new pitting pattern as your wax resolidifies post-burn.

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

Pitting is a normal feature of soy wax. In fact, it’s actually a sign your candle is made with an all-natural soy wax!

Though we understand it’s not the cutest feature, pitting will not affect how your candle burns. Besides, when you consider that paraffin wax candles look creamy and perfect all the time because of a potentially harmful nonrenewable resource, pitting in your all-natural, Kill Your Darlings soy wax is more forgivable. 

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