Here is some advice on buying scented candles. Many people know very little about candles in general let alone the scented variety and some information might not go amiss. Many are worried about how they should choose the right candle, and also about the properties of candles such as the fire risk and the effect of the smoke. If you intend to buy scented candles for your home or your office you should treat low prices with caution. Cheap candles often emit only a very faint perfume and in many cases you are as well purchasing a cheap box of plain white candles. The three components of a scented candle you should learn about are the wax, the wick and the perfume.
Many scents for candles are made from various types of pre-blended waxes, some from paraffin wax and static acid, and others using soy wax. It is important that the wax does not give off a visible smoke when burning and that it is itself odorless or close as it can be.
Paraffin Waxes: these are obtained from oil, and have melting points of from around 50 to 70 Celsius. The higher melting waxes are used for standing candles while the lower melting points are used for those held in containers. Their various oil contents are also important. Paraffin waxes burn relatively quickly and do not hold scents very well.
Beeswax: This is extracted from honeycombs and burns fairly quickly but also very cleanly and holds scents well: they can be used for scented candles or to modify their burning speed. Tend to be expensive.
Soy Wax: This is a vegetable wax with a fairly high melting point and it burns much cleaner than paraffin wax. It also burns for longer and throws scent very well. Another advantage is its relatively low price.
There are other waxes used in scented candle making, but these are the most common and those generally used in scented candles are beeswax and soy wax. Sometimes a small amount of paraffin wax or petrolatum is used for container candles to help then stick better to the container.
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