When the temperature of the environment or the surface of the candle changes, the wax can release small amounts of oil or moisture, leading to the formation of droplets or beads on the candle's surface. This is more likely to happen when there are significant temperature variations or if the candle is exposed to humidity.
Candle sweating is generally harmless and does not affect the quality or performance of the candle. It can be more noticeable in certain types of candles, such as candles with high fragrance loads. If not cared for properly, Thompson Ferrier Candles can and will develop the sweat beads.
If you prefer to minimize candle sweating, here are a few suggestions:
- Store candles in a cool, dry place: Keep your candles stored in a location with stable temperatures and low humidity to reduce the likelihood of sweating.
- Avoid temperature fluctuations: Try to avoid placing candles in areas with rapid temperature changes, such as near air conditioning vents, radiators, or drafts.
- Allow candles to acclimate: If you're bringing candles from a cold environment to a warmer room, give them some time to adjust gradually to the new temperature. This can help minimize sweating.
- Trim the wick: Trimming the wick to the recommended length (around ¼ inch or 0.6 cm) before lighting the candle can promote a more controlled and consistent burn, potentially reducing sweating.