Luna Beaumont is a creative artist and candle maker who finds inspiration in nature and spirituality. She is known for her whimsical, hand-painted candles and her dedication to using natural ingredients. Luna enjoys teaching others how to incorporate mindfulness and intention into their candle making process.
Dear candle maker,
If you've noticed that your soy candles are sinking, don't worry, you're not alone! This is a common issue that many candle makers face, and fortunately, there are a few possible reasons and solutions to help you troubleshoot and fix the problem.
One possible reason for sinking soy candles is the temperature at which you pour the wax. Soy wax has a lower melting point compared to other waxes, so if you pour it at too high of a temperature, it can cause the wax to shrink and sink as it cools. To avoid this, make sure to check the recommended pouring temperature for your specific soy wax and use a thermometer to monitor the temperature closely. You can find more information about this in our bulk candle wax buying guide.
Another factor that can contribute to sinking soy candles is the type and amount of fragrance or essential oils used. Some fragrances or essential oils contain ingredients that can affect the stability of the wax, causing it to sink. To prevent this, it's important to use fragrance oils specifically formulated for candle making and to follow the recommended usage rates. Using too much fragrance oil can also lead to sinking, so be sure to measure and add the correct amount according to the guidelines.
The size and type of wick you use can also play a role in the sinking of soy candles. If the wick is too small for the diameter of the candle, it may not generate enough heat to fully melt the wax, resulting in sinking. On the other hand, if the wick is too large, it can create too much heat, causing the wax to melt too quickly and sink. It's important to choose the right wick size for your candle and to conduct test burns to ensure proper performance.
Lastly, the cooling process can also impact the sinking of soy candles. If the candles cool too quickly or in a drafty area, it can cause uneven cooling and result in sinking. To prevent this, allow your candles to cool in a still, room-temperature environment. You can also try placing them in a water bath after pouring to promote a slower and more even cooling process.
Remember, troubleshooting candle making issues is all part of the learning process. Don't be discouraged if your soy candles sink initially – with a little experimentation and adjustment, you'll soon be creating beautiful, perfectly formed candles.
If you're still experiencing issues with sinking soy candles or have any other candle making questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our Candle Fairy experts. We offer candle making classes where you can learn various techniques and troubleshoot common problems. Our experienced instructors will guide you through the process and help you create stunning soy wax candles that burn evenly and beautifully.
Happy candle making!