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Dough Bowl Candles - FAQs

Updated: Feb 12, 2021

A silver lining from Covid-19 has been the gift of time to read up on and test various candle trends. Dough bowls were one of the biggest trends to research and test. I'm happy to share we had great success!

In honor of launching them this past week (Spring 2020) on the website, I decided to dedicate a blog post about these beautiful candle vessels. Here are some FAQs about our hand carved mango wood dough bowl candles and we hope these clear up a lot of confusion or concern around them.

How safe are these?

We believe they are safe to burn as long as the person burning it is aware of and follows the federal warnings and burning instructions. (Those are listed in the next question.) One thing to note about all candles is that the wax in a candle melts from the heat of the wick burning. The wick is only in contact with the wax and the holder that secures the wick in place, so the actual flame does not come in contact with the container. All of our dough bowl candles come with a care card with specifics to ensure you or the recipient of your gift has the most enjoyable experience.

Do I need to do anything different to burn this candle?

No, you do not. We will always recommend that you abide by the federal warnings/burning instructions that are listed on the sticker that is attached to each and every one of our candles and the guidance in our care cards. Here's a recap of the federal warning/burning instructions:

  • Burn within sight. (Do not light and walk away, be in the same room while lit.)

  • Keep away from flammable objects.

  • Keep away from children and pets.

  • Trim wick to 1/4" before lighting. (See our blog post here on how to do that. We also sell wick trimmers if you need one!)

  • Keep candle free of any foreign materials including matches and wick trimmings.

  • Only burn the candle on a level, fire resistance surface.

  • Do not burn candle for more than four hours at a time.

  • Stop use when only 1/4" of wax remains.

Do you spray any of the dough bowls with fire retardant?

No, we do not. We work to keep our candles as clean and as natural as possible and believe our soy wax mixing with fire retardant chemicals is not a very healthy way to go.

Are these bowls completely watertight?

We cannot guarantee 100% water-tightness of the bowl; however, rest assured we test each bowl before we fulfill an order. We recommend if you do purchase one of these dough bowl candles and light it, ensure it sits on a fire resistant surface that can also handle any wax clean up that may be necessary. We will not replace or refund a candle that leaks, but please let us know if you should have any issues.

How many hours exactly will these last?

Depends on the size of the bowl and just how much wax it holds. With the handmade nature of each bowl, the exact amount of wax varies in each vessel. Please visit our Dough Bowl page for more details about sizing.

What can I do with the dough bowl once the candle burns out?

You have 2 options!

1. First option is utilizing our "No Mess, No Fuss" refill program, available on the website! You don't have to clean up, warm up, or pour any wax, we take care of all of that for you.

2. Second option is cleaning the bowl out and reusing it for décor or function. Watch a recent Facebook LIVE video demonstrating how to clean them out to reuse as home décor. If you don't want to watch the video on Facebook, we've typed the cleaning instructions out below.

Cleaning Instructions: Carefully hold the bowl perpendicular over a waste basket and warm up the leftover wax with a blow dryer or heat gun. (We recommend a heat gun as it won't BLAST the wax as much as a hair dryer, but know heat guns get VERY hot.) Pour out the liquid wax into the waste basket--never down the sink! Once the wax is poured out, carefully remove the wick holders. While still warm, I recommend using a blue shop towel and some isopropyl alcohol to clean out the bowl. (Some websites say use soap and water, but you really don't want any wax in your plumbing system.) From there you can use the decorative dish as a fantastic holder of keys, coins, or wallets near your front door, or décor anywhere else around the house/office.

We hope this answered any questions or concerns over our newest specialty offering.

If we've left anything out, please don't hesitate to comment below!

The photo below is how we wrapped our brand new 5 Wick Dough Bowl Candles during presale. These are thoughtfully packaged and were wrapped in a brand new, beautiful, vintage looking dish towel. Totally reusable and fun! We continue to wrap them in natural colored dish towels and our 3 Wick Dough Bowl Candles are wrapped in a burlap bag and tied off with twine. We hope to send you one soon! Shop here!


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