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Candle-Term Cheat Sheet

Updated: Aug 17, 2019

We may use some terms you haven't heard of on our site. To help you understand everything you need to know about your candle(s), we've created a candle-term cheat sheet for you.

Burn Cycle is when you burn your candle for a recommended 4 hours and blow it out to let it cool.

Melt Pool is the liquid layer of wax that forms as the candle burns. It should eventually extend from edge to edge of the candle.

Cold Throw is used to describe the strength of fragrance before a candle has been lit.

Frosting appears when white, crystalline structure form on the surface of natural waxes such as soy.

Tunneling or Memory Rings are created when the wick burns straight down the center of a candle without creating a full melt pool. This is most often caused by blowing out the candle too soon.

Glass Adhesion is when the wax pulls away from the glass. Very common in container candles.

Mushrooming is a small amount of carbon that collects at the top of the wick.

Gutter is excess melted wax running down the outside edge of a self-supporting candle.

Hang-Up is unburned wax that remains on the wall of jar candles.

Hot throw a term is used to describe the strength of fragrance while a candle is burning.

Melt Point is the temperature at which melting wax gets hot enough to turn into a liquid.

If you ever have a question, feel free to email us so we can clear up any confusion. As always, thank you for choosing Mountain Made.

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