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Why Are My Candle Tops Bumpy When They Dry?

Why are the tops of my candles bumpy after I burn them? You just got a candle delivery and you're so excited! You light your fresh candle and you love...

Why are the tops of my candles bumpy after I burn them?

You just got a candle delivery and you're so excited! You light your fresh candle and you love it. The next day you go to light it again and the top looks different. It's not smooth like when you first burnt it, now it's bumpy. What is this? Keep reading to learn what is going on and how to fix it!

Why is my soy wax candle bumpy?

This bumpy phenomenon is what we like to call cauliflower tops! We know they can look a little ugly, but please, there's nothing to be worried about. Here's why this happens and how to fix it.

Why do cauliflower tops happen?

So why do you get bumpy (or cauliflower) tops with soy wax and not paraffin? Simply put: soy wax is natural and paraffin is manmade! Because soy wax is natural, it has a different molecular structure than paraffin. When soy wax cools and creates and bumpy top, this is just due to the molecules cooling at different rates! That's all! The longer you burn a candle, the bigger the melt pool gets. The bigger the melt pool, the longer it takes the wax to cool and may develop bumpy tops as a result. So, how do you fix them?

How to fix bumpy candle tops

This is an incredibly easy fix, are you ready? All you have to do is... light your candle again! Once you light your candle again, the wax will melt and your bumpy tops are now liquid.

Conclusion

We hope that cleared up any questions or concerns you had about your soy candles drying with a bumpy top! If you're in the mood to shop, click here to head to our homepage. If you're new here, sign up for our email list and get 15% off of your first purchase!

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