April 28, 2014

A look back at candles

Candles date back as far as 5,000 years.  The candles then were not anything like the candles we use and love today.  They consisted of straw, hemp or reed which was then soaked in fat or resin.  In the early times of candle making, candles were primarily used to light people’s homes, for night travel, and of course in religious ceremonies.  It wasn’t until the middle ages that beeswax candles were created. 

Since then we have now come up with many different materials for candles that release less smoke, and less soot.  They are also no longer used in the same way; they are no longer our main source of light, but still grow in popularity for their calming, romantic, endearing qualities. 

Even though we don’t use them to light our homes, we still need to be aware of the safety and burning information.

· Never leave a candle burring unattended and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
· Keep draughts well away and a safe distance away from flammable materials.
· If the wick is too long, shorten it – wick scissors are designed specifically for wick trimming.
· Cut off a too high edge with a knife when the wax is still warm.
· Put out the candle by extinguishing the flame with a candle snuffer or by dipping the wick into the liquid wax. Please straighten the wick afterwards. Never blow out the flame.
· Candles should be kept cool, dry and dust-free in preferably dark rooms in a way that they cannot bend.
· Before lighting a candle, clean dust and dirt off with a lint-free cloth moistened with water.

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