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Some facts about candles

  • Candles were invented circa 3000 BC.
  • Candle industry research indicates that the most important factors affecting candle sales are scent, color, cost and shape. Fragrance is by far the most important characteristic, with three-fourths of candle purchasers saying it is “extremely important” or “very important” in their selection of a candle for the home.
  • Candle manufacturers’ surveys show that 96% of all candles purchased are bought by women.
  • Candle users say they most frequently burn candles in the living room (42%), followed by the kitchen (18%) and the bedroom (13%).
  • U.S. retail sales of candles are estimated at approximately $2 billion annually, excluding sales of candle accessories.
  • Consumers say they typically burn candles for just under three hours.
  • Nine out of ten candle users say they use candles to make a room feel comfortable or cosy.
  • Candle purchasers view candles as an appropriate gift for the holidays (76%), as a house warming gift (74%), a hostess/dinner party gift (66%), a thank you (61%) and as adult birthday gifts (58%).
  • Tea lights are the most frequently purchased type of candle, followed by votives and container candles.
  • The “Magic Candles”, available in confectionary stores are candles which cannot be blown out, as they re-ignite. This is because the wax is treated with red phosphorus.  The glowing wick will make the little particles of phosphorus spark up and make the candle burst back into flame.
  • Michael Faraday, the 19th-century scientist, once wrote; “there is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of natural philosophy [science] than by considering the phenomena of a candle.”
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