Some Great Facts about Candles!

Beautiful, clean-burning Soy Wax Candles with Wood Wicks. A fantastic selection of fragrances and/or essential oil candles.

Some Great Facts About Candles!

1. Some of the first candles were made by the Romans using animal fat very early on and were to be used to honour Artemis's birth (The Greek goddess of wild animals, the hunt, and vegetation and of chastity and childbirth) on the sixth day of every lunar month.

2. The candle's first burn is an important step to avoid tunneling. Your goal on a first burn is to fully melt the top layer of wax, evenly. If you do not, a “tunnel” will form in the center of the candle, creating a memory ring. Tunneling happens when the first-burn is not a long enough period of time. Candles should burn one hour for every 1 inch in diameter of the actual candle size. For example, a candle that is 2 inches across should burn for 2 hours

3. The very best way to put out a candle is using a snuffer, but of course the most common way is to simply blow out the candle. Covering the candle with its lid is not recommended. Some have rubber seals or other material that can melt. It will also cause the lid to become very hot.

4. There are many benefits to Wood Wicks in candles. Wooden wicks are more sustainable than cotton wicks, as thousands of wicks can be found in a single tree. When lit, they give off a soft crackle similar to a fireplace and burn more evenly and cleanly than cotton wicks. Wood wick candles make less soot than conventional wicks.

5. When you are only able to melt the wax near the wick, it leaves a ring of hard wax on the outer edges and that's not very nice. This is called tunnelling.The only thing you have to do is covering the top of your candle with foil. Afterwards, cut a hole in the centre where the wick is. It encourages the hard outer wax to soften and melt evenly.Burn your candle for several hours with the foil lid to ensure the whole top layer is liquid.

6. Some of the many benefits of soy wax candles are:
Soy wax is biodegradable and cleans up with plain old soap and water. Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax and because of this, soy candles will burn slower and longer than paraffin candles. Soy wax burns with zero petro soot, creating petro soot free candles. Paraffin candles burn with petro-soot. Soy wax is a 100% natural wax derived from the vegetable soybeans. Soybeans are one of the major agriculture crops grown in the United States, behind only corn. Another reason to choose soy wax when it comes to candles is the fact that soy wax is an excellent fragrance carrier that does not require chemical amplifiers. The result is a well-balanced true to scent candle.

Paraffin wax, one of the most popular candle waxes due to its cheap costs, is derived in a contrasting way. Paraffin wax is the product of the oil purification process from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. When you remove the waxy substance from crude oil, you’re left with paraffin wax.  

7. Nikaeta Sadekar, a respiratory toxicologist with the nonprofit Research Institute for Fragrance Materials states: Exposure to chemicals emitted by scented candles “is so low that they pose no significant risk to human health,” she said. “Even the highest users of scented candles and other fragranced products are not putting themselves at any appreciable risk of harm.”

In conclusion:

Candles offer a wonderful sense of relaxation and soothing aromas, as well as the soft flicker of the flame. It can change the mood of a room from harsh light to a soft, dancing light and regardless of your choice of fragrance or essential oil candles, you are sure to find one that is perfect for you!

At Flower City Soaps we go one step further and ensure that all our fragrances are phthalate-free and paraben-free.

Check out our amazing selection of Soy Wax, Wood Wick Candles here.

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