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Portland, OR (I-Newswire) October 1, 2013 - Candles are made from many different types of materials. Prior to around 1850, candles were made from tallow and beeswax. Then they were mainly made from spermaceti and purified animal fats (stearin).
Today, most candles are made from paraffin wax, but some are still made from natural ingredients such as beeswax, soy, plant waxes and tallow. Tallow is a by-product of beef-fat rendering. Gel candles are made from a mixture of mineral oil and a polymer and are also popular and release incredible fragrance.
In addition to traditional beeswax and bayberry, candles made of soy wax are also becoming increasingly available. Less common but occasionally seen are candles created from palm and other vegetable waxes. There's a lot of enthusiasm for soy candles, which are typically less expensive than those made from beeswax, but still offer a natural alternative to paraffin. Soy produces less soot than paraffin when burned and is considered healthier for people's lungs and the planet. Soy also has a lower melting point than other waxes, so the candles don't burn with as much heat, making them longer-lasting than other types. It's said that soy candles release more fragrance into the air because of this fact. No matter what your candle is made of, there are styles and types galore.
In addition to traditional tapers and tiny tea lights, the ever-popular pillar candle is a mainstay in home decor. Groupings of tapers or pillars can add a dramatic look to any home, in complementary shades or in the same color with a variety of candleholders. For an Asian or spa look, place one or more pillar candles on a fire-safe dish and surround the candle base with small river rocks or glass stones. Candles can also grace a fireplace hearth, or can even be placed in the fireplace in lieu of building a fire. There are even candleholders made especially for use in a fireplace. But style is not the only consideration.
For many candle-owners, fragrance is the primary factor in selection. And everyone is different as to what they prefer. Candle scents can be identified into five main categories: fruity, spicy, floral, fresh and clean, and herbal/woodsy. On the other hand, some people prefer unscented candles, especially for the dining room, so that the aroma of the candles doesn't interfere with that of the food.
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Published On:October 1, 2013
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