What Is Wax Frosting? How to Stop Wax Melt and Candle Frosting
So, what actually is wax frosting? Wax frosting is the buildup of a white crystalline layer on the surface of natural waxes, especially soy. It is a natural effect of soy candles and happens as the wax tries to regain it’s natural form. All the candle & wax melt lovers out there understand the feeling of finding an old candle or wax tart in a draw that you’ve been missing… to find it's been covered in wax frosting!
Why does it happen?
Wax melt frosting occurs for several reasons. We are going to delve into it all and find out the root causes of wax frosting on your candles…
1. Temperature change.
Rapid temperature change can cause an upset to our candles, as they try to regain their natural form after rapid temperature change, wax frosting can occur as an effect!
Yep, time. Gradually over time, the wax in candles hardens during its life. This is a result of crystal structures inside that don’t stop forming. Unfortunately, you’ll see this buildup of crystals by seeing a white crystalline layer on the surface of the wax. So, the lesson from this… do not leave your wax candles and mini melts for too long! Use them and enjoy them before the dreaded wax frosting appears.
How to Stop Wax Frosting
Well, the good news is there are a few tricks you can do to prevent wax frosting from ruining the aesthetic of your candle!
1. Keep out of the draught.
When you think of the position of your soy candle, pay attention to it’s surroundings. For example, if there is a draught that the candle will be affected by, consider this by choosing where to place it! Today, we have learned that wax frosting can occur on candles that experience rapid temperature change. So when deciding where in your home the candle should live, make sure there isn’t a draught present as this could stimulate a buildup of wax frosting.
2. Pour wax at a lower temperature.
Pouring wax at a lower temperature means the wax increases it’s stickiness; therefore restricting the buildup of crystallisation and reducing the amount of crystals forming.
3. This may sound simple, but don’t keep candles for too long!
Make the most of them and use them when you want, otherwise, you may save a candle to find it later develops wax frosting, so save yourself the disappointment and use them when you want… no more waiting!
4. Another way of preventing that rapid temperature change is by cooling the wax melt at room temperature.
There is no need to rush it, just let it cool gradually at room temperature to try to prevent the temperature fluctuations.
5. Nice and simple, stir your wax less vigorously!
This means there will be less air getting into the wax which will help to slow down the buildup of wax frosting. So, when you stir your wax, slow and steady wins the race!
6. Our final tip, cover it up!
So, we are all going to make a mistake and one of our candles will have the dreaded wax frosting. To make the most of your candle, use a candle holder that isn’t clear. This way, you can make the most of the candle, and no one will ever know about the wax frosting. Genius!
These are a few tricks for you to use, remember, do not panic when you see wax frosting. It’s natural and won’t affect the performance of your candle. But, try to use a few of our hints and tips to improve the life of your candles!