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The Candle Company

Welcome to TheCandleCompany.co.uk! The Candle Company produces handcrafted candles combining the finest materials with quality fragrances and unique decorative designs. Our company sells highly scented candles that will last all the way from start to finish, we are constantly testing our candles to insure you get a highly scented candle that burns properly all the way down . Our scented candles are only made with premium fragrance oils so that all our customers get the highest standards assured for all of our candles. We offer a variety of richly scented candles that include containers, votive candles, melts, floaters, pillars and hurricanes. TheCandleCompany.co.uk is frequently adding new candles and accessories to our candle line so check back with us often. Remember, that scented candles are a wonderful way to make your home smell incredible, and with the weather warming up, don't forget the garden too! Dining outdoors by candlelight is what the summertime is all about!

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Candles

Candles... What's in a name? What actually a candle is? According to coommon sense, a candle is a light source that usually has an internal wick rising through the center of a column of solid fuel. Prior to the mid 19th century, the candle was made from tallow. The fuel now is nearly always some form of wax, with paraffin wax being the most common. Candles made from gel, soy, beeswax, and vegetable products are also available. Various devices have been invented to secure candles into place, from simple tabletop candle holders, to elaborate chandeliers.

Prior to the candle being ignited, the wick is saturated with the fuel in its solid form. The heat of the match or other flame being used to light the candle first melts and then vaporizes a small amount of the fuel. Once vaporized, the fuel combines with oxygen in the atmosphere to form a flame. This flame then provides sufficient heat to keep the candle burning via a self-sustaining chain of events: the heat of the flame melts the top of the mass of solid fuel, the liquified fuel then moves upward through the wick via capillary action, and the liquified fuel is then vaporized to burn within the candle's flame. The burning of the fuel takes place in several distinct regions (as evidenced by the various colors that can be seen within the candle's flame). Within the bluer, hotter regions, hydrogen is being separated from the fuel and burned to form water vapor. The brighter, yellower part of the flame is the remaining carbon being oxidized to form carbon dioxide. As the mass of the solid fuel is melted and consumed, the candle grows shorter. Portions of the wick that are not evaporating the liquid fuel are, ideally, consumed in the flame, limiting the exposed length of the wick and keeping the temperature and rate of fuel consumption even. Some wicks require manual trimming with scissors or a wick trimmer for even burning.

Nowadays, the candle is usually used for their aesthetic value, particularly to set a soft, warm, or romantic ambience, and for emergency lighting during electrical power failures.The Scented candle is common in aromatherapy.