Dough Bowl Candles - FAQs

Updated: Sep 25

**Updated 8/23/2020 with a video on how to clean the dough bowls once the candle burns out and information about our refill program. Visit our Facebook Live video here: **

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 week on the website, I decided to dedicate a blog post about these beautiful candle vessels. Here are some FAQs about dough bowl candles and we hope these clear up a lot of confusion or concern around them. As always, if you have a question, please comment below, find us on any of our platforms--Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or email

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.

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 a sticker that is attached to each and every one of our candles. Here's a recap of those guidelines:

  • 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.)

  • 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 for water-tightness before we pour wax into it. 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.

How many hours exactly will these last?

The wood bowls are hand carved so the exact dimensions, and amount of wax each holds will be slightly different. Currently, our average size is about 9” long x 6” wide and about 1 ¾” tall. They hold roughly 10 ounces of wax and have a burn time of about 15 hours. (It’s a much faster burn with 3 wicks!) The candle reaches an entire melt pool around hour 4--which is exactly when you'd extinguish the flame according to the directions above. Yes, we planned it that way...

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

You have several options!

One option is utilizing our refill program, now available on the website!

Second option is cleaning the bowl out and reusing it for decor or function.

Cleaning Instructions: Carefully hold the bowl perpendicular over a waste basket and warm up the leftover wax with a blow dryer or heat gun. 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 decor 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 or find us on any of our platforms (listed above) or email us .

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