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There’s lot of physics and chemistry behind the light and the beauty of the candle flame. In the late 1990s, NASA took candle research to learn about the behavior of candle flames.Every year, scientists in universities, research laboratories and thousands of students around the world conduct experiments to learn more about candle flames, emissions and combustion and investigate the principles of heat, light and combustion. Candles usually symbolize spiritual illumination, moral guidance, philosophical enlightenment and scientific education.

  • Candles were invented circa 3000 BC.
  • Till 1990‘s candles were the primary source of light.


  • The person who makes candles is known as Chandler.
  • Earlier, people used to measure time by observing the burning of a candle.
  • Candle’s flame consists of 2 regions: one blue, the other yellow. The bluer, hotter region near the wick, burns hydrogen combined with oxygen (Atmospheric) to form water vapour. And the brighter yellow part is forming carbon dioxide by oxidizing carbon.


  • Candles can be made of paraffin, stearin, beeswax, some plant waxes or tallow.
  • The candela is one of the seven SI base units which measures the luminous intensity of a light source.

  • The amount of soot produced depends upon draughts or poor size of wick.
  • Candle holders in the shape of pedestal are known as candlesticks.

  • A Rushlight is a type of candle formed with the help of dried pith of the rush plant as its wick. A Rushlight of 2feet would burn for an hour.
  • There are more than 350 candle manufacturers in the United States.
  • Candles are used by 7 out of 10 people in U.S. Majority of people burn candles 1 – 3 times per week.
  • S. sales of candles are estimated at $2 billion annually (approximately).


  • The ancient candles were from Japan and China made of whale fat.
  • The first scented candles were from India and were made up of cinnamon.
  • The first scented candle in America was Bayberry, but huge amount of bayberry leaves were used to produce a single candle.
  • Candle industry researched and concludes that candle sales mostly depend on its shape, scent, color and cost. Fragrance is the most important factor affecting candle sales.


  • Surveys showed that about 96% of candles purchased are bought by women.
  • 42% people burn candles in the living room, 18% in the kitchen and 13% in the bedroom.
  • People burn candles for less than 3 hours.
  • Nine out of ten candle users state that they use candles to make room comfortable or cozy.
  • Women tend to use candles more often than men. Younger people are more frequent users than older adults.
  • Tea lights are the most purchased type of candle.

  • 76% of the candle purchasers gift candles for the holidays, 74% gift candles as a house warming gift, 66% as a dinner party gift, 61% as a thank you gift, and 58% as an adult birthday gift.

  • “MAGIC CANDLES” which are available in stores are the candles which re-ignite even after blowing off. This is due to the fact that wax is mixed with red phosphorus. It makes few phosphorus particles and the candle burst back into flame.

  • Olive oil lamp was the main competitor of candle, which stopped the candle-making business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • Candle sales declined when kerosene lamps and electric bulb were invented, which caused candles to be used for decoration purpose more than light source.

Even though modern LED lights and energy – saving illumination devices are introduced, the candles still play an important role during storms and other natural disasters, when electrical power goes out.

Now that we all know about some of the interesting as well as important facts about candles, let’s get ourselves some candles that can really change the ambience of your home. It can be one of the best options to gift as a Christmas gifts too. Click here to begin.


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