Beeswax, which has
no additives such as our beeswax, burns best using cotton braided wicks. Wick
size is determined by the candle diameter. Because beeswax is pure without
additives to help it burn, it needs to be “tended” during it’s burning process.
is "oil-based" and full of additives, is easy to burn. Paraffin candles have small wicks because
paraffin has additives to help them burn without needing a large wick to
deliver the fuel (wax) for burning.
Most candle manufacturers use paraffin or other additives to their beeswax candles so they can use the smaller wicks that are considered "self-trimming". These smaller wicks don't get long and don't accumulate the carbon balls like the cotton braided wicks. They simply curl up and burn away. Unfortunately the only way to use these smaller "self-trimming" wicks is to use additives and we just won't compromise the quality of our 100% beeswax candles. Why ruin something so pure and healthy?
You can keep your beeswax candles burning beautifully by keeping the wick trimmed to 1/4" to 1/2".