Have you ever wondered what the significance of "Wax Moons" is? Well, it all starts with the wax itself!
At Burn and Groom, we use 100% food-grade soy wax for our candles. It's the same stuff they use in the waxy coating on cheap gas station donuts and other popular baked goods we probably can't name here. (Let's go with "Tiny Susies". Think about it ;) ) The only difference is that snack makers add food flavoring and we add fragrance oil.
That soy wax is a natural product coming straight from American soybean farmers. As such, it behaves oddly when heated up, melted, and cooled down again. The phenomenon that occurs is called "Frosting". You can see a fine example of it in the picture at the beginning of this post. Frosting does NOT affect the way the wax burns or melts, or the scent our wax emits in any way.
Many people might equate the look of frosting with an old chocolate bar or anything else that might turn white and ashy when it ages. This is NOT the case with our wax, as frosting occurs immediately as the freshly poured wax is cooling.
Instead of purchasing wax with extra chemical additives in it to prevent this frosting or using paraffin wax made from petroleum, we have chosen to embrace our awesome soy wax and celebrate its uniqueness.
We call our melts "Wax Moons" for three reasons. First, they are round, like little full moons! Secondly (and here's a little astronomy lesson for you) the moon has two phases: Waxing and Waning. The more the moon "waxes" the bigger it gets in the sky until you have a full moon, just like our little guys. The last reason is the most fun, and that has to do with that natural frosting that happens as our moons cool. Because the temperature, air flow, how full each hand-poured mold cavity is, and any number of things can be slightly different in our workshop on any give day, every wax moon (and candle, for that matter) cools at a different rate from the next and creates its own unique frosting pattern. They end up looking exactly like little full moons, with craters and veins of frosting, matching the topography of the REAL moon you might see through a telescope.
So the takeaway from all this is that frosting is a perfectly normal occurrence in 100% soy wax.. In fact, you can now tell if the wax you're buying is 100% soy without any chemical additives by looking for the frosting. If it says soy and doesn't have any frosting, you'll know that's it's not legit. It could even be up to 49% other stuff, (like soot-causing paraffin) as long as soy is the main ingredient! And you can tell if it's handmade and hand-poured by its uniqueness. We don't go to great lengths to cool our wax painstakingly slowly and uniformly in a temperature controlled factory just to minimize frosting. We WANT you to be able to see our wax is homemade with a lot of love (and some cursing from time to time) Every single moon is mixed, poured, un-molded, sorted, and sold by two real human people.
We LOVE our wonderful, unique, and all natural soy wax; Frosting and all. We hope you will, too!