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Answering what are candles made from doesn't take away their mystique

Candles will never go out of vogue. Not only are they a wise product to have on hand when the electricity goes out, but they are guaranteed to add allure, sophistication and romance to your home or yard on any occasion. It is hard to imagine a dreamy occasion, such as a wedding, without the flicker of candlelight. Most women know that the warm light of a candle can make you look your best. Candlelight is very flattering.

What are candles made from? Candles are made out of wax and contain fragrances, minor additives, colorants and come in a variety of shapes and size. There are jar and container candles, aromatherapy candles, votives, tapers, pillars, floating candles, tea lights, novelty candles, outdoor candles, birthday candles and utility candles.

A candle consists of a wick and wax and is made by placing the wick into the wax, which is molded, dipped, extruded, pressed, rolled, drawn or filled into the size and shape that is desired. When you light a candle, the flame produces heat and melts the wax near the wick. The liquid/melted wax is drawn up into the wick by capillary action. The heat vaporizes the liquid wax to produce carbon dioxide and water vapor.

A candle that is made well, no matter what the candles are made from, will not produce smoke when it is burning. If the wick gets too long or an air current disturbs the teardrop shape of the fame this can produce a little bit of unburned carbon particles, which is called soot, and this will escape from the flame. You will see a wisp of smoke.





Trim the candle wick to one-fourth inch prior to using it. Do this every time that you use the candle. Do not place your candle near curtains or drafts, air currents or vents and always keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. If your candle persists on smoking or flickering this means it is not burning correctly and should be put out. Let the candle cool, trim the wick again and then re-light it and see if it then burns properly.

Paraffin, beeswax, soy and gel are all correct answers to the question, what are candles made from?

Paraffin is the most frequently used wax when making a candle. However, soy wax, gels, synthetic waxes, palm wax and beeswax are also used. Some manufacturers use different blends of waxes. A quality candle wax burns safely and cleanly.

Paraffin has been around since 1830 but it was not manufactured until 1850. Paraffin was preferable to its predecessor tallow, which emitted a bad smell when burned. At one point, paraffin was coupled with a solid form of fat called stearin to make stronger candles.

Beeswax is either solid or honeycomb wax and can be used to make candles. The wax is collected in mid summer to September and is the result of pollination of canola, sunflowers or sweet flower. These plants product a light colored beeswax and a light scent. A solid beeswax candle is made by pouring liquid wax into a candle mold. The outcome is a dense, smooth candle that burns for a very long time. It produces a very bright flame, does not sputter or smoke and does not drip. In addition, the beeswax candle produces a honey smell when burned.

To create a honeycomb beeswax candle, the honeycomb is rolled into textured sheets. This type of candle is not as dense as solid beeswax and burns much faster.

Wax potpourri or wax tarts are crystal wax candles that are created out of all-natural candle wax that contains double doses of fragrance compared to paraffin wax candles, which makes crystal wax ideal for highly scented candles. Crystal wax candles or tarts are put in a potpourri warmer and the fragrance is detected when the candle starts to melt.

Soy candles are made from soy beans and burn up to 40 percent longer than a paraffin candle. These non-carcinogenic, bio-degradable and non-toxic candles burn evenly but should not be burned for more than four hours at a time. Soy candles should be stored in a cool, dark area because they are sensitive to temperature and lights

Gel candles give off a delicious aroma and a wonderful illumination. They also burn three times as long as wax candles. However, there is a risk that the glass container can get too hot and shatter, which can cause a fire. A gel candle produces a higher and hotter flame. Never burn a gel candle for more than four hours.

References:

Candles.org
Candlehome.com: the composition of candles



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