If you have ever lit a Kaabsoo natural pillar candle you know that as they burn, a romantic lace pattern or cobweb is created around the flame. Many customers have wondered how this unique effect is created. Some think that we have used a special net or put some additives in our candles. Far from it.
The ‘blame’ lies with simple physics. As our candles are made from extremely clean natural vegetable stearin that has a slightly higher melting and pour point, the wax on the outside surface of the candle solidifies before it has time to melt into the wax pool inside the candle. This is because the ambient temperature of the room is too low to keep the wax in a liquid state. This effect creates a gorgeous lace at the candle’s outer edge.
The crystalline structure of the candle adds to this. In the picture you can see a candle cut in half and the beautiful crystallisation inside the candle.
This means that Kaabsoo candles need no additives to create the lace. It’s all about the temperature and properties of the wax. As the lace is created by the temperature difference between the liquid wax pool and the candle’s outer surface, the lace pattern may not occur of the candle is burned in a closed candle base, hurricane or vase. In that case the ambient air temperature will be too high and the wax on the outside wall will not solidify.