Glossary of terms

Burn rate - The amount of wax consumed per hour in grams.

Burn period - The duration of a single use session. The community believe 4 hour sessions are best to get good longevity from a candle.

Burn time - The amount of time it takes for the wax in a candle to be consumed completely.

Cold throw - The fragrance emitted from a candle when it is not burning.

Container candle - Any candle poured directly into the container from which it will be burned, usually used for soy.

Curing - The time period immediately after a candle is produced, where it must sit to set before being used.

Diameter – Usually the diameter of the jar.

Dye - Colorants that are used to give colour to wax. This can be either liquid wax or wax chips.

Fragrance load - Amount of fragrance that has been impregnated into the wax; usually stated as a percentage. See Triple Scented too.

Fragrance oil - A blend of synthetic and/or natural components used to create scented oil.

Hot throw - The fragrance emitted from a candle when it is burning.

Jar - Slang for the candle glassware.

Maxilites - The big brother of a regular tea light. Much wider diameter ad burn three times longer than a regular tea light.

Melt point - The temperature at which a wax will start to liquefy.

Melt pool - The wax that liquefies as a candle burns.

Mushrooming - A build up of carbon at the top of the wick that can negatively impact performance.

Paraffin wax - The traditional old world petroleum based wax with bad performance and mildly offensive fumes. Trigger allergies and reactions in some people.

Powerburning - Excessively long burn sessions.

ProWicks - a wick manufacturer that produces premium best of breed braided cotton wicks.

Scent load - Amount of fragrance that has been impregnated into the wax; usually stated as a percentage. See Triple Scented too.

Scent throw - The fragrance emitted by a candle. (See also cold and hot throw)

Snuffer - A long handled tool with a bell shape cup hanging off the end used to extinguish candles by covering the wick with it momentarily.

Soy wax - A sustainable and premium type of candle wax that's better for you and high performing.

Sweating - The appearance of sweating behaviour on top of the wax. Usually caused from pushing a wax past its scent load limit. Not dangerous, can just be left or patted off with paper towel. 

Triple scented - Overused as a marketing buzzword to make people thinking they’re getting more than they actually are. By this metric, CandleMonster candles are ‘quadruple scented’.

Tunnelling - When a wick does not make a full melt pool in a candle leaving a ring of unmelted wax on the sides.

Wick trimmers - A specifically designed steep angled scissors with a flat end that makes it easier and perfectly trims your wick at the right angle.