Candle Making Terms

Posted by on 5/22/2018
As with all hobbies, candle making comes with its own lingo. Take a look at the terms below, and soon you’ll be talking like the experts!

Burn Cycle
The act of burning a candle for 4 hours and blowing it out to let it cool. This process is used for evaluating wick performance and calculating burn time.

Cold Throw
Describes the strength of fragrance before a candle has been burned.

Hot Throw
Describes the strength of fragrance while a candle is burning.

Fragrance Load
The amount of fragrance oil by weight expressed as a percentage. 

Separation
This is when the wax pulls away from the glass. Very common with container candles.

Melting Point
The temperature at which wax turns from a solid into a liquid.

Melt Pool
The liquid layer of wax that forms as the candle burns. Each wick is designed to have its own pool diameter.  Container diameter and wick choice is very important 

Mushroom
A small amount of carbon that forms at the top of the wick. Caused by incomplete combustion.

Pour Temperature
The temperature at which to pour the wax into the container. This can vary depending on which type of wax is being poured. 

Tunneling
When the wick burns straight down the center of a candle without creating a full melt pool.

Now that you've enhanced you're candle making vocabulary, you're well on on your way to becoming a candle making expert!