Say goodbye to wick mushrooming in NatureWax® Vegetable Wax Candles
A properly wicked candle
A properly wicked candle will steadily burn with a 1” tall flame. If your candle is overwicked—if the wick gauge is too thick—you’ll see mushrooming. To fix this, try a smaller wick gauge.
What is wick mushrooming?
If you've ever had a candle with a black cap on the end or what appears to be a mushroom cap, it's an indication that your candle wick is mushrooming. If the wick grows too large, relighting the candle might be difficult. In essence, there is an imbalance in the amount of wax and wick.
What causes wick mushrooming?
Carbon buildup, where the flame consumes more wax than it can burn, is responsible for the "mushroom" form generated at the end of a candle wick after burning. It's a typical issue that may be an indication that the wick is too big for the candle.