#1 - Our Wicks

In all of our candles, we use wicks made of pure cotton with a paper braid, these are zinc and lead free. 

You will sometimes notice ‘mushrooming’ of the wick, this is when the wick looks split and will have little balls of carbon deposits, this is a natural characteristic of cotton wicks. To provide the strongest burn possible and to help your candle look tidy, we recommend you remove the black ‘mushroom’ before burning and periodically during the burning. 

Flat braid style wicks, will bend at the tip while burning, resulting in more complete combustion and a cleaner, self-trimming burn.

We often have people asking us if there is something wrong with the candle because of the wick mushrooming, but this is a completely natural occurrence in cotton wicks. On the bottom of your candle, there will be a sticker providing you with brief safety information and instructions on how to trim you wick. You can also find the full instructions on our "Candle Saftey & Care" page.

Make sure before lighting your wick, the vessel is always free of any foreign deposits and is trimmed to 6mm, this will help your candle last longer and keep it tidy and safe. Also, when you do decide to burn your candle, on the first burn you must make sure to burn so the wax pools right to the edge, this may take up to an hour. If it is extinguished prior to allowing a full melt pool, all subsequent melt pools will not go past the first one, causing a tunnel like effect down the candle.

No candle can be "soot free", but any natural wax candle will have less soot, like our natural soy candles. Anytime a fragrance or dye is added to wax you will have soot. But please remember, the soot from soy wax does not contain any toxins that are found in paraffin wax. To remove any discolouration from your vessel, gently wipe with a damp paper towel.

We hope you enjoyed our first blog post! If you have any further messages, drop us a line - hello.vixenandco@outlook.com or visit our "Contact Us" page and we will get back to you.

- Holly