History Of Candles: Wicks And Waxes

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Many people enjoy burning candles and aren’t particularly fussy about it. It’s just a matter of what appeals to them. Candles are mainly bought for the home to burn in lounge rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms and wherever a candle would look good and safe to burn.  Candle scent can set the mood of a room and create an overall ambience.

However, there are just as many people who don’t share a like for candles. What is there not to like? There are many reasons and here are some of them: don’t like the smell (which is attributed to the wax not necessarily the scent of the fragrance or oil). Even unscented candles make some people sneeze. Candles would drip and leave a mess that was difficult to clean up. Candles wouldn’t burn all the way down.

Candles near their end were not very attractive or mis-shapen.  Wicks wouldn’t stay alight and the candle was rendered useless and a waste of money.  Hot candle wax with children around is a risk. These days we have access to several different types of waxes for candles. While paraffin wax is still the most popular in terms of mass production, more people are becoming aware of the nasty toxins emitted from burning paraffin wax candles and turning to more natural waxes such as beeswax, palm wax and soy wax.

There is a lot information on these types of waxes and it seems there are pros and cons to using each of them however, they are all non-toxic and all claim that they are produced with little or no impact to the environment.  It therefore gets down to personal choice.

The wick plays an important role in the making of a great burning candle. As there are different waxes for different purposes, there are also different wicks.  One type of wick doesn’t suit all types of waxes no matter how natural the fibres are.  It’s a matter of matching the wick to wax that helps create the perfect burning candle. There is a huge choice of natural candles available and all claim to use the best available waxes, wicks and fragrances and oils. There is a simple reason for this.

They want the best outcome, so they put in the best ingredients.
Soy wax is temperamental to use as it dependent on different temperatures when melting, adding scent and color, to being poured and even the temperature of the air in which candles are set to cure can all alter the look and burn of a candle.

TheTLCollection prefers to use superior class soy wax. Wicks made for soy wax and then specially selected for each container type. Quality essential oils and fragrances specifically blended for the type of soy wax we use and colors that match.
It is for the challenges of perfecting long burn time, scented and colored soy candles that we find the most rewarding and loveliest to make. So for those who don’t like burning candles, perhaps it’s time to try a hand made soy wax candle.  No harmful chemicals, designed to burn from wick to rim and top to bottom, easy to clean with warm soapy water, and no hot wax. In fact, after extinguishing the flame you can dip your finger in the wax and rub it into your hands to use as a moisturizer.

For further information contact thetlcollection@gmail.comTrudi

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