9 of the Most Common Questions About Candles

9 of the Most Common Questions About Candles

We have been making candles and creating a unique shopping experience for customers since 2018. During the past few years, we have gotten a lot of questions about candles! In this article, we’re going to address some of the most common questions we get about candles. If you have any other candle questions for us, feel free to contact us!

9 Common Questions About Candles, Answered!

1. How were candles invented?

The earliest uses of candles can be traced back to 3,000 BC! Candles began in Ancient Egyptian times when Ancient Egyptians used animal fats for wax instead of the new age wax/wick methods. The first wax and wick candle usage can be traced back to Ancient Romans, who used beeswax, along with papyrus paper for the wick.

2. How hot do candles get?

A candle’s flame can get as hot as 1,832°F – 2,552°F! That’s why we recommend taking every safety precaution when using candles. Always ensure your candle is on a flat surface, and never burn your candle if there are any cracks in the container. Please take a look at more of our candle care tips!

3. Is it normal for a candle to produce smoke?

No! A candle should not typically smoke or leave behind soot (that dark, messy residue). If you notice your candle smoking while it’s lit, it could be due to a couple of different reasons. First, your candle’s wick may be too long. Trim your candle’s wick to 1/4″ before each burn to avoid smoking. Additionally, your candle flame may not have enough oxygen as needed. Be sure to light your candle in an area with open air and plenty of ventilation (as opposed to being in a semi-closed lantern, for example).  Never let the burnt part of the wick fall into the candle, this will cause residue during your next candle burn.

4. How do candle scents connect to your memories?

Scent, memory, and emotion are closely linked, and researchers have done many studies on this scent-memory phenomenon. Studies suggest that when you smell something, the scent is run through your olfactory bulb. The olfactory bulb is then connected to two parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that instantly connect the scent to a memory or emotion that goes along with it.

5. Where did candles on birthday cakes start?

Ancient Greeks would light candles on baked cakes as offerings to their Greek Gods. Using candles on cakes for birthdays did not become a tradition until the 1700s. Nowadays, we continue the tradition of putting candles on cakes to symbolize a person becoming one year older and making a wish for the following year.

6. How have candle uses changed over time?

When people began using candles, the primary function was more innate. Lacking electricity back then, they used candles as a form of light! Candles were also typically used in the past to tell time by creating marks on the candle wax. The lower the wax got, the more time had passed. Nowadays, we have advanced electricity and time-telling technologies. Candles are still used to provide light in situations where the power goes out. However, they are primarily used for home decor now.

7. What is candle tunneling, and can it be fixed?

Maybe you’ve heard of the term before – candle tunneling is a dreaded concept that can shorten the lifespan of your favorite candles! Candle tunneling is when you don’t burn your candle edge to edge the first time you burn it. This results in a pool of wax in the center of your candle for all future burns, along with hardened wax around the edges of the container. If you have candle tunneling, there is a way to fix it. Cover the top of your candle container with foil with a small hole in the center for the flame. This will help soften and burn the outer wax along the edges of your container.

8. Is the first burn that important?

Yes! The first burn is so essential because the first burn will determine how your candle will burn for all remaining burns. Once your candle has burned the wax from edge to edge in your container, this should avoid candle tunneling. Additionally, never burn your candle for longer than 4 hours at a time.

9. Why do candle flames flicker?

As we’ve discussed, a candle flame can get up to 2,552°F! A candle flame flickers when the hot air around the candle and the room temperature air combust. A candle may also flicker if you have air circulating quickly (a ceiling fan, for example) or when there is a lack of oxygen in the space.

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