The first use of candles is attributed to the Romans. They were generally used to light paths and in religious ceremonies. The first substances (one of them) used to make candles was tallow. Tallow emitted a smoky flame and unpleasant odor when burned, which is one key reason it is not as popular today.The Native Americans also made candles but crafted out of sap from trees. They used the bark or a similar substance to place this sap in and used a crude wick.
During the Middle Ages, people learned about beeswax and began to use this to make candles. Beeswax didn’t emit a foul odor as the tallow did, and it burned cleaner, But, using beeswax was very expensive so, use of this form of candle was limited to those more affluent who could afford them.
Candles are made most frequently from paraffin. Today, there are choices in candles such as soy, soy blends, gels and beeswax. Paraffin is a by-product of the petroleum industry. This substances burns at a higher degree of heat than other candles, therefore, a wick containing lead or zinc is used. Be aware of the ingredients of any product used in your home and especially a candle since you are burning it and could be emitting harmful substances into your home as well as ambiance.
Scented candles account for 90% of candle sales today. Many are beautifully designed and compliment your home decor, add to the feeling of it and can make it feel “cozy.”
When buying candles, look for high quality products. Higher quality candles and scented candles are more expensive than cheaply manufactured or imported unscented candles. Their fragrance will fill a room and most people enjoy them.
Candles have come a long way from being used simply for lighting purposes. A recent survey by a candle manufacturer association showed that 94% of purchasers of candles were women. Most are used in living areas of the home.
Whatever your interest is in candles, please check out our selection of 100% soy candles. We use only U.S. grown soybean wax. Many people have candles that are advertised as “soy” and they may contain some soy but this can be deceptive because like the cosmetic industry, one only put a small amount of a substance in a product in order to say they are soy. Do not confuse “soy” with 100% soy because there is a huge difference.
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