There is such a large variance in glassware sizes offered in the candle market, which often confuses. The image below shows roughly the industry standard glassware sizing. Medium, Large, then Extra-large. We use mediums and larges for internal testing only, All candles we sell are extra-large.


WHY DO WE FAVOUR THE EXTRA-LARGE GLASSWARE?

I started to find that the medium and large candles just weren't hitting the spot anymore. With our preferences, homes, and habits changing, we did our research and made an uncommon choice, which we standby. Here's why.

  • Our extra-large candles have bigger wicks, get bigger melt pools, and put out more scent which can travel further distances
  • The bigger wick gets an edge to edge melt pool much faster, which means your candle gets to the point you want it to considerably quicker. You can usually smell the fragrance 20-30 mins after lighting it in a typical sized lounge room
  • Our homes are getting bigger, or more often we have large open plan living areas. Smaller candles just don't fill the spaces as you'd like them to, many people learn this the hard way
  • We've all become candle monsters, we're insatiable, so the bigger form factor gives you many more uses from a single unit, therefore slowing the churn of glassware, packaging boxes and lids. People using smaller units are outputting twice as much waste
  • Buying a bigger candle half as often often means half the postage costs
  • Our fragrances are so good you'll want them to last that little bit longer!

ARE YOU GETTING GOOD VALUE?

Ask yourself if you're getting good value from what you're buying. I used to do it all the time and end up changing who I would buy from. If it doesn't feel like good value it's probably not. Even though we don't time burn-times we get a feel for it. And if you can't smell it, its likely not you, its them. Fragrance is the most expensive part of the candle.

OUR EXPERIENCES & OBSERVATIONS

When we were doing all our testing and setting up Candle Monster we naturally started paying a lot more attention to what others were doing. When we started producing candles back in 2014 the insider knowledge gave us a few 'aha!' moments.

  • Designer candles often short you; they don't pour up to the top. Some of the ones I saw left a 4.5 cm gap. It was probably 20% of the candle volume. You're meant to leave around 1 cm gap.
  • Lots of people say their products are 'triple scented' but they aren't. We currently use a 12-14% fragrance load, a lot of candle makers go down as low as 6% and still say they're triple scented.
  • If the candle says 'soy blend' on it, it can have as little as 5% soy wax in it. Who knows what the rest is. Cheaper waxes, likely paraffin wax which releases fumes that are bad for you.
  • Some candles just burn through really quickly even if you trim the wicks before each use. Still haven't worked this one out sorry!

SIZE SPECIFICATIONS

The table below shows typical candle form factors and their specifications. It's common for manufacturers to use differing glassware sizes, but most will sit on, or around these sizes. Please note, burn times are variable; hours quoted below are achieved by following these guidelines.

Size

Volume 

Fill vol. 

Burn time

Suitability

Notes

Tealight (small)

17g

15g

3-4 hrs

Mood lighting only

Common sampler size

Tealight (large) 

28g

25g

7-8 hrs

Mood lighting only

Maxi-lite

56g

50g

12-15 hrs 

Small area

Best performing sampler size

Medium glassware

230g

220g

40 hrs 

Bedroom, study or small area

Common retail size

Large glassware

310g

300g

60 hrs 

Lounge or medium living area

Common retail size

Extra-large glassware

440g

430g

80 hrs 

Large open plan house

Best performing size

 

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