Whenever I go to my sisters place there are always candles burning through the house. It’s lovely. It’s very welcoming and homely. I want to stay, have a cuppa and relax.
Being scandinavian, having grown up with months of darkness every year where candles goes without saying……I love candles.
I grew up on burning normal paraffin candles. The conventional candle is made out of the left over sludge from petroleum. It gets bleached and texture is created with acrolyn. When you burn a paraffin candle there are toxins released. Some claim they are very toxic and bad for our health, some claim it’s quite alright. I don’t use them at all these days.
Soy candles are very popular. They burn 50% longer than paraffin candles. Soy candles are made of hydrogenated soy, palm- and coconut oil. The soy is most likely sourced from the massive genetically modified soy production in the US. Personally I am not won over by the soy candle. However each to their own.
For me now, there’s only beeswax candles. Beeswax it 100% natural made from the ‘caps’ of the honeycomb. They are more expensive than other candles but they last twice as long as soy and 3 times longer than paraffin candles. When you burn a beeswax candle it releases negative irons, just as breaking waves do. They smell like honey, don’t drip and are pretty much smoke free.
A few tips on burning candles.
*Keep the wick short. You can cut it if needed before burning.
*Burn candle in draft free spot.
*Choose thickness of candle depending on what kind of candle burner you are. Each burning session you need to let the candle burn until it reaches the outer rim. If you burn a 8cm thick candle for only half an hour and it only melts 1 cm from the wick, next time you burn, it will of course start from the middle again. You do this a few times and you will end up with a candle that melts deeper and deeper, creating a hole in the middle and not using the outside at all.
So choose from big fat ones, to tapers, to tea lights to ‘beeligths’ (see photo) depending on how you will use your candles. For example, the ‘beelights’ are perfect for giving light during short dinners. You can light them for 10 minutes if you like. If you like burning candles for hours on end, choose a thick one.
It’s raining here in Mullaway on this Australia Day 2012, as it is all along the coast. Today I get to hang at home so I think I’ll go and find me some candles, some thick ones to brighten up this wet and gloomy day. Hope you enjoy your Australia Day.