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A candle uses one or more wicks embedded in wax to produce a dim light as it gradually burns. Candles are the ideal way to create a warm ambiance, set a mood or bring a cozy feeling into the home. While choosing a candle might seem like a simple choice, with so many options, it can be a complex process.

What is the most popular candle type?

A paraffin wax candle is the most popular style of candle on the market. Paraffin wax is a byproduct of petroleum. It is colorless, odorless, inexpensive and holds added fragrances very well. Yankee candles and other scented candles choose paraffin wax because of its fragrance-holding capabilities. Other popular candle choices include beeswax candles, wood wick candles, soy candles, candlesticks including tapered candles and tealights.

How do you make a candle last longer?

There are a few ways to make candles last longer. Putting the candle in the freezer before burning will further harden the wax which makes it burn slower. Experts suggest to the trim the wick after burning as the proper length wick also extends burn time. The proper candle holder can make all the difference. Keeping the candle on a flat surface ensures even burning to allow the wax to melt at a steady rate. A candle warmer is another option for extending the shelf life of candles. Rather than burning the candle, the wax warmer gently heats the candle allowing the fragrance to softly perfume the room.

How do you display my candles?

There are many ways to display candles around the house. Romantic candles may be placed in bunches around the room, lighting the room in a soft glow. Candelabras are perfect for a dining table or atop the piano. Wax melts can be used on a warmer sitting on the nightstand or end tables in the living room. Candles can also be placed on the coffee table or mantle in the container they came in, simple and easy.

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