Glossary Of Common Candle Making Terms

You're about to become a candle-making wordsmith! Let's dive into the world of wax wizardry with this ultimate list of candle making terms. 

A for Additive: Fancy substances like vybar, stearic acid, and UV inhibitors that some chandlers add to wax.

B for Burn Cycle: Think of it as the candle's own fitness regimen! Light it up for a solid 4-hour session, let it cool down, and then repeat the fiery workout. Why, you ask? Well, it's all in the name of wick wellness. This helps us check how the wick is doing.

B for Burn Rate: How much wax a candle munches through in an hour. Measured in grams, it's influenced by the size of the vessel, type of wax, and heat of the wick.

B for Burn Time: The time it takes for a candle to say its final farewell. The size of the vessel, the type of wax, and the heat of the wick are the influencers here. It's basically a wax-consuming performance until the final curtain call!

C for Container Candle: A candle that's poured right into a container - all cozy and snug.

D for Double Boiler: A two-pot tango – one pot with water and the other with wax – to melt that wax evenly in the ultimate dance of melting harmony. 

D for Dye: These are the colour wizards for your wax, making it all vibrant and pretty.

E for Essential Oil: Mother Nature's gift! Oils extracted from plants, leaves, flowers – you name it!

F for Flashpoint: It's the temperature at which a substance goes "Whoosh!" in the face of an open flame. Think of it as the point where things get a bit fiery and decide to ignite.

F for Fragrance Load: The percentage of fragrance in your candle. 

F for Fragrance Oil: A blend of natural and synthetic wonders that make your candles smell oh-so-amazing.

H for Hot Throw: The scent power when a candle is burning and doing its thing.

M for Melt Point: When wax goes from solid to liquid. It's a melting party!

M for Melt Pool: It's that magical moment when your candle is burning its heart out, and the wax turns into a pool of liquid. Picture it as the candle's version of baring its soul, creating an oasis of warmth and fragrance. So, as your candle dances with the flame, the melt pool becomes the stage for the aromatic spectacle. It's not just wax; it's a liquid symphony of scent and ambiance. 

P for Palm Wax: Wax that's made with palm oil. Note we don’t sell any products that contain palm oil. See our blog to find out why.

P for Paraffin Wax: The wax that comes from the land of refined petroleum. Note we do not sell products that contain paraffin.

P for Pour Temperature: The magic number that tells you when your candle wax is ready to be poured into its vessel or mould.

P for Pillar Candle: The stand-alone, moulded candle.

S for Scent Load: How much scent your wax can hold. (like a sponge before it starts seeping out)

S for Scent Throw: The amazing scent that dances out of a burning candle.

S for Sinkhole: A little crater formed when wax cools.

S for Soy Wax: The eco-friendly, plant-based wax made from soybeans.

S for Stearic Acid: designed to make wax more opaque and burn slower. 

T for Tea Light: The tiny candle with a big heart, chilling in its little tin.

T for Top Pour: When you add more wax after the candle's cooled a bit, to give it that perfect finish. The top pour swoops in like a candle superhero, adding more wax to fix those imperfections and give your creation that flawless finale. Who said candles can't have their own glam squad? Cue the top pour magic!

T for Tunnelling: When the wick's too small for the vessel, and your melt pool doesn't party as it should. Your candle wanted to dance, but tunnelling said, "Nah, let's just dig a hole instead.

U for UV Stabilizer: This additive is designed to fight off fading from those pesky UV rays to remain vibrant, bold, and unapologetically colourful. Picture it as your candle's shield, standing guard and saying, "Not today, sun, not today!"

W for Wet Spots: When your wax decides to play hard to get and pulls away from the container's embrace. Not the coolest move, wax! It's like the candle version of giving the cold shoulder.

W for Wick Tab: The little metal thingamajig at the bottom, keeping the wick in place.

W for Wick Up: When you go a size bigger with the wick for better results.

W for Wick Down: Going a size smaller with the wick for, you guessed it, better results.

There you go, candle virtuoso! You've just unlocked a whole new world of candle-making knowledge. Time to shine bright in the candle-making cosmos!