How Candles Are Made?

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Candles are the very first source of illumination. This has been used for different purposes such as in replacement for electricity-dependent source of light.

With the modern technology, the process of making candles have been modernized as well but the art of candle making has remained the same to the original process that are practiced even before. Vegetable fats or animal fats were used for creating the first candles.

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But before we’ll go further, see the image on the right, that are the parts of a candle. So that when I discuss later, we all have the knowledge about it.

Going back, animal fats and vegetable fats are used before. But, as time has passed, beeswax became widely used as it has more pleasing odor and it has the absence of the mess that melting animal or vegetable fats produced.

The original candles were produced through the method of dipping. This said method was used to produce wicks. After the base or wax was heated into its clear and liquid-state, it is then filtered to remove any impurities that may cause hassle with the final product of candle’s burning process. After that, dyes or perfumes are added for final touch, this goes to all scented candles. Did you know that candles that are made of beeswax were produced by both pouring and dipping method?

During the pouring method, the beeswax, considered it’s melted will be then poured over to a suspended cotton wick. Simultaneously, wick will needs to be manually twirled. After enough wax has been gathered at the wick’s bottom, the candle is reversed to the other end again.

Joseph Morgan candle maker

Thanks to Joseph Morgan that he introduced the candle making machines which has now brought to mass production of candles. Today, the machines used are copied from Morgan’s original version but are now more faster, accurate and with finished quality, too.

The raw materials of candles usually consist of paraffin-it is a colorless or white soft solid derived from coal, petroleum or oil shale.

The Process of Manufacturing Candles

There are only three steps to finish the candle making. First is the preparation of the wicking, second is the preparation of the base and the last and final test is the continuous molding or the term “extrusion” of the finished candles. It can described on to this image below.

  1. The wicks are processed with organic or chemical solutions and is braided simultaneously. The wick needs to be in 90 degree angle, as according to one article, if the wicks are not treated correctly, it may be burned too quickly or the candle becomes dangerous.

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2. Molding the candle. Since the machine of Morgan has greatly helped us, it is now very easy to mold candles depending on the size, shape and form that we want the candles to be.

3. Extrusion is the last process in which the paraffin wax that is rushed will be forced through the heated steel under very extreme temperature.An alternate method uses extrusion, a process in which crushed paraffin wax is forced to die through a heated steel die under extreme pressure. In this stage, the candles will be produced very long which is then cut into specific size. Then, the candles are set to be packed.

Though, this is just an overview with how candles are made, hope it will help you. And that you learned something out from it.

5 Scented Candles You Might Want To Try

Candles can be now considered as one of the cheapest design you can use at home. It’s famous now for most people as they are not just nice to look at, no maintenance needed plus factor is how it makes our houses smell fresh, elegant and heaven. There are now beautifully appealing candles that smell like heaven. Now, I’ll be sharing to you 10 candles that are made of natural oils and have extremely advantages when you light them up. Read on to know the benefits you can get from these scented candles plus where it is best to display on.
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Lavender Candles
Lavender Candles are clearly appealing because of its color and design. It is truly beautiful. Aside from the appearance, this type of candle because of its smell can help fight anxiety, nervousness, headaches and stress. It was widely known too as a natural remedy for insomniac people as it gives them soothing feeling. And did you know that the lavender are now used as an aphrodisiac? Yes. This type of scented candle can definitely helps you setting the mood with your loved one. Light it up in your bedroom or bathroom and as the candle melts, your worries are miraculously melted,too.
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Vanilla Candles
Vanilla colors are mostly associated with white colors. Thus, it is mostly described as a boring color and scent too but for me, this simple scent is a great personality. It does calm people. Did you know? It was used to reduce startle reflex that is used on patients before conducting MRI scans. For those mommies who have problems of making their baby sleep, like me. This scented vanilla candle reduces breathing problems and helps infants to sleep without any hassle. You can definitely put this type of candle in places where sleeping is done like in bedrooms.
Cinnamon Candles
 Cinnamon Candles
This is not popular but cinnamon lovers out there will definitely can’t get enough of this. This type of scented candle has its unique spicy-sweet smell that fills up the whole space. This aroma helps in stimulating, invigorating and it increases alertness. Plus, there’s more. It has been linked to improve memory, better visual focus and cognitive activity. The cinnamon smell can help alleviate exhaustion and nausea. I suggest you put this type of candles in your office area or working area.
Lemongrass Candles
Lemongrass Candles
Lemongrass candles is not just a unique candle for design but it definitely gives you benefits as it effectively act as an insect repellent. I actually use it in our kitchen area to keep critters away. But aside from kitchen area, you can put it in bedroom where it does create an energizing atmosphere, too.
Mint Candles
Mint Candles
I know you’ve heard the saying maybe from a TV advertisement that says ” Everything is better when it’s minty fresh!” And I guess, that sounds right. For summer, this type of candle is a must as it act as a natural coolant which helps keep us alert and active. It helps us cool down from a hot temperature. I advise you put it to living area, work space and kitchen.

Why Candles? What are the benefits of Candles?

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Candles are our very first portable illumination. It may be as simple and as unimportant small little thing for you, but candles have served our ancestors vital functions and even today, for some, if not all, it served us our emergency light source during power interruption.

 

 

Did you know that according to historians, candles were invented by primitive humans who dipped dried branches in animal fats? Thus, it produced slow-burning and one reliable source of light?

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Candles have been used widely for religious celebrations. The Holy Bible even make notable reference for candles. In the story of King Solomon, for instance who built the Temple, has used ten candle-sticks to light the south and north ends of the structure.

Even during Middle Ages, candle making has become one of the popular occupation. One evidence is the creation of guilds for candle makers throughout the Europe continent.

Later than that, did you know that candles were used for popular auctions? Yes. Candles were used for keeping time. The bidding time before was limited by inserting a pin into a candle and people just let the wax melt until the pin dropped to the floor, concluding the period of bidding. 

Right now, candles come in many different shapes and forms. Candles also served different purpose for humans. Read on for some insights about how candles benefits us.

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Aside from the traditional and usual usage for candles, people now uses candles for relaxation. Candles are mostly seen in spas and beauty salons.

According to one source, having candles especially scented candles can help calm an individual, thus, promoting relaxation.

The light from the candle promotes focus

During birthdays, candles are always present to remind us not just the count of years we are living in this world but it gives us a moment of realization. The candle light from the candles on your cakes gives each of us an overwhelming moment and experience. You can focus on your wish and can focus on the happiness that is going on.

Candles can help express emotions, moods and personality

People nowadays, celebrate with the use of candles. Aside from using candles during birthday celebrations. Candles are widely used for men to confess their feelings to the woman they love through a romantic dinner, of course with candles.

As we can observe, spas uses candles with aromas. The aromas magically improves our mood and eventually gives us a more relax and soothing feeling. The aromas in candles acts as if fresh air to our nerves. It freshen us up.

Choosing the right candles say so much about ourselves, too. You can have candles in your room but it depends on your character. Like me, I’m a mom. So, I wanted a space that is gentle, caring and safe for my daughter. I’m a simple woman so I prefer the not-so extravagant scented candles. I have here a lavender candle right now.  It does not just lighten up mine and my child’s mood but it act as a design on our room, too.