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What Is Inside A Candle?

Candles come in all forms and sizes. They have a variety of uses, spanning from rites from different religions, to decorative, to lighting, and a whole lot more. Not only that, they have different shapes, from traditional geometric figures, to more creative ones like animals, fruits, and even flowers. People get candles in different ways - some make their own, some buy them, and some receive them as presents. But be they homemade, from a store, or from another person, candles have a lot more layers to them than just what’s on the surface.

Candle Making involves using many different ingredients. The chandler (or the person who makes the candles) has the freedom to choose his own candle making supplies. There are several materials he could choose from, and he could mix and match according to his own preference.

First, the candle wax. These come in many different forms, each with its own specific characteristic. Some waxes release less chemicals into the atmosphere as they burn. Others adhere better to the sides of containers, while yet others have better scent throws because they hold a higher fragrance load.

On the topic of fragrances, there is a wide selection of scents that can be used, depending on the type of oils. There are scented oils that give off the aromas of food and baking: scents like nuts, cookies, and pies. Others are reminiscent of flowers, others of fruits. Some scents are found in nature, like sandalwood, clean cotton, eucalyptus, and freshly cut grass. Even designer perfumes and lotions have thrown their lot in with fragrance oils that are used for candles of today.

Not only do candles come in different scents, they also come in different colors, and the methods used to give them color are distinct from one another. Liquid, chip, and blister dyes are mixed with the wax to give color to the candles. On the contrary, cut and carve dyes are not mixed with the wax. With these types of dyes, candles are dipped into it, and this dye coats the candles’ surface. In addition to scent and color, there are several other components that can be used as well. Some additives enhance the scent throw, others make colors appear brighter, and others are added as a glaze on the candles’ surface.

And while most candles themselves are already pleasant to look at, some people find more ways to make them even more aesthetic, with the use of jars of different shapes, candle dishes, beads and crystals. But regardless of its packaging, candles make quite handy gifts, to others or even to yourself.


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