5 Myths About Candles Everyone Should Forget
When looking to purchase or enjoy any sort of product, it’s important to be able to separate common myths from reality, and make the best purchasing choice possible. After all, this is especially true when purchasing something that you’ll be using and enjoying for many hours, such as candles. With that in mind, we decided to help veterans and newcomers to the world of wicks and wax alike by dispelling five common myths about candles.
Myth 1: There’s an “optimal type” of wax.
While there are some rumors that certain types of wax (such as soy or beeswax) create a better burn, the reality is that all variety of commonly used wax will provide you with a relatively clean burn that runs for an optimal amount of time, and that pose no threats to your health.
Here are some common natural types of waxes that you’ll find while shopping around:
Paraffin (petroleum based)
Myth 2: As long as you put your candle on an elevated surface, it’s safe.
Yes, it’s important to keep any sort of open flame away from the reach of any pets or kids. However, it’s also important to remember that keeping your candle on a countertop or desk doesn't totally eliminate the presence of danger or a possible accident. Small kids can still reach up to some pretty high areas, and cats can get EVERYWHERE. To really “accident proof” your candles, make sure that the area surrounding the fire is clear of any curtains or other flammable debris, and make sure that you simply remember to put the fire out whenever you can’t attend it.
Myth 3: Candle soot is harmful.
While not aesthetically pleasing, the small amount of carbon exposure you may receive from candle soot is not harmful. To keep your candle looking and smelling its best without sooty interference, however, make sure you keep your wick properly trimmed by cutting it to 1/4th inch before use. Of course, it’s always good practice to make sure that you’re burning your candle in a well ventilated room.
Myth 4: Freezing your candle will help prolong its lifespan.
While, on some level, it may make sense that chilling your wax would help it last over a longer period of time, this is simply not the case. In fact, this can make for a lower quality burn, as the moisture from the freezing process wouldn’t work too well on the wick, and might even cause your wax to crack.
Myth 5: Tunneling can’t be fixed.
While tunneling is a frustrating issue that nearly anyone that’s enjoyed a candle knows, the fact is that it can be easily corrected and even prevented. To prevent this issue, make sure that the first burn melts all of the wax around the perimeter of the candle. If it’s already too late, carefully cut the excess wax that built up around the tunnel.
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