The Beauty of imperfect Dough Bowl candles: embracing the handmade aesthetic

In a world where everything seems mass-produced and perfect, it can be refreshing to embrace the beauty of imperfection. One way to do this is by incorporating handmade items into our lives. One such item that has become increasingly popular in recent years is the imperfect dough bowl candle.

What exactly are dough bowl candles?  And how can we embrace the charm of the imperfections that come with natural wood and how they add character to our homes.

What are dough bowl candles?

Dough bowl candles are a type of candle that is poured into a rustic hand carved wooden bowl that was originally designed for making bread.  Carved out of a single piece of wood, the dough was then placed inside the bowl to rise before being baked in the oven.

Today, these bowls are used for a variety of purposes, including as decorative pieces in the home. The bowls are made in various shapes and sizes, and for candle making purposes they can have as few as 2 or 3 wicks up to over 10 or more!  Dark Horse dough bowl candles are filled with our eco-friendly coconut soy wax blend.  This pairs perfectly with our stance on natural products to enhance our homes as well be environmentally friendly.  Read more about the benefits of coconut wax here.

Dough bowl candles have gained popularity for several reasons. Firstly, their wood tones serve as a neutral element, making them versatile and adaptable to various styles in any living space.   Additionally, dough bowl candles are hand-carved from natural wood, giving them a unique aesthetic appearance with natural marks and scratches, making them both practical and visually appealing.

Now, instead of just bread bowls, artisans are finding ways to make more original shapes to fit many different occasions.  From paw prints, Christmas trees, pumpkins, hearts and more.  There has never been so much variety as there is now.

Paw print dough bowl candle

As they also have multiple wicks, they are a great choice to fill larger spaces and are perfect for spaces like large open living rooms and dining rooms.

Dough bowl candles also fit well with various interior décor styles, including primitive décor and hygge themes, making them a popular choice for many homes. They can come in different shapes and colors, making them perfect for gift-giving or matching with home décor.

Dough bowl candles are popular due to their versatility, unique aesthetic, long-lasting wax capacity, and ability to fit various home décor styles.

Can dough bowls be re-used?

YES!  Because of their size and authenticity, the cost of dough bowl candles can be a thoughtful consideration.  However, knowing that you can purchase a re-fill wax kit, you enjoy your dough bowl candle over and over again.  And, even empty….these beautiful dough bowls can still make a beautiful addition to your home décor.  They can be used as a centre piece, to hold trinkets or be a finishing touch to the aesthetic of your home.

Are Dough Bowl Candles safe?

Dough bowl candles are generally safe to use as long as proper care is provided. Dark Horse Handcrafted dough bowl candles are pre-treated with a fire retardant but is a precaution only.  Care and caution should always be taken when burning any type of candle.  Always follow safety instructions and federal guidelines to ensure responsible burning to avoid any accidents.  

Here are some dough bowl candle safety tips:

  • Place on a level and fire retardant surface
  • Never burn out of sight or leave unattended
  • Trim wicks to ¼” before re-lighting
  • Keep away from other flammable material
  • Discontinue lighting when there’s  ¼” of wax in the bottom

The Beauty of Handmade

One of the things that make dough bowl candles so beautiful is their imperfections. Each bowl has its own unique characteristics, such as knots, cracks, and variations in color, that make it one-of-a-kind. These imperfections are a reminder that the bowl and the candle it holds, was made by hand and not by a machine.

Heart shaped dough bowl candle

In a world where everything seems mass-produced and perfect, imperfection can be a breath of fresh air. Embracing imperfection is not only aesthetically pleasing but also promotes sustainability and ethical consumption. By choosing handmade items, we support small businesses and artisans who take pride in their craft and create items with care and attention to detail.

Check out the Dark Horse lineup of dough bowls candles here.

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