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Candles
Smell, those beautiful Candles!

Candles have more than a beautiful, and delightful smell to them. They have a long history that dates back to at least the Ancient Egyptians. Today they area great business opportunity for many. In fact, consumer retail sales for the year of 2001 were projected at $2.3 billion, not including candle accessories. So there are many candle companies that offer great opportunities for a home based business.

Candle home parties are a delight to attend. You get an opportunity to “treat” your nose to new, yet familiar scents and maybe not so pleasant scents to your liking.

Hosting parties at home, such as a Candle party could be a fresh new party to introduce your family and friends to, or maybe you’re looking for a different fundraising idea. Why not try a candle fundraising party? (More on that later.)

Did you know that about 35% of the candles purchased are typically in the Christmas Holiday season? So, that means 65% are purchased the rest of the year.

Here are other Candle facts:

  • Over, 300 known commercial, religious and institutional manufacturers of candles in the United States, as well as many small craft producers for local, non-commercial use.
  • major U.S. candle manufacturer will offer 1,000 to 2,000 varieties of candles in its product line.
  • Styles of Candles
  • Tapers
  • Straight-sided dinner candles
  • Columns
  • Pillars
  • Votives
  • Wax-filled containers
  • Novelties
  • 96% of all candles purchased are bought by women.
  • Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households.
  • Typically burning for less than three hours per occasion.
  • Usually, they are burning on average 1-3 times per week.
  • Often each household burns only 1-2 candles at any one time.

  • Candle history


    Ancient Egyptians who used rushlights, or torches, made by soaking the pithy core of reeds in molten tallow, the rushlights had no wick like a candle. It is the Romans who are credited with developing the wick candle, using it to aid travelers at dark and lighting homes and places of worship at night.

    Colonial women offered America's first contribution to candle making when they discovered that boiling the grayish green berries of bayberry bushes produced a sweet-smelling wax that burned clean. However, extracting the wax from the bayberries was extremely tedious. As a result, the popularity of bayberry candles soon diminished.

    During the 19th century, inventor Joseph Morgan introduced a machine which allowed continuous production of molded candles by the use of a cylinder which featured a movable piston that ejected candles as they solidified. Later in 1850 with the production of paraffin wax made from oil and coal shale's.

    When Edison introduced the light bulb in 1879, candle making declined until the turn of the century when a renewed popularity for candles emerged. Today, the Candles are no longer man's major source of light, candles continue to grow in popularity and use. Candles symbolize celebration, mark romance, define ceremony, and accent decor — continuing to cast a warm glow for all to enjoy and pleasant scents that can help a home, feel warm and inviting.

    After all, scents are remembered for a long time to come, for example, think of Thanksgiving… you know that freshly baked pumpkin pie aroma that fills the room, your family arrives, and comments on just how they smell the pumpkin pie? Some can even pick up on the scent of Nutmeg. Candles offer an alternative solution rather than actually baking or cooking.

    Candle Safety Tips


    Candles are safe products only if you practice safety and watch them carefully. If you do not, they can lead to an accidental fire. After all, it is estimated 18,000 candle fires are reported annually. According to fire experts, the bulk of candle-fire incidents are due to consumer inattention to basic fire safety or to the misuse of candles. So PLEASE, PLEASE use candles in a responsible and safe manor!

    The National Candle Association urges consumers to be careful when burning candles, and to following these rules for burning candles safely.

    Always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or before going to sleep.

    Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

    Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets or anyone else.

    Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning. Long or crooked wicks cause uneven burning and dripping.

    Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. The holder should be heat resistant, sturdy and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

    Be sure the candleholder is placed on a stable, heat-resistant surface. This will also help prevent possible heat damage to counters and table surfaces and prevent glass containers from cracking or breaking.

    Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

    Always read and follow the manufacturer's use and safety instructions carefully. Don't burn a candle longer than the manufacturer recommendations.

    Keep burning candles away from drafts, vents, ceiling fans and air currents. This will help prevent rapid, uneven burning, and avoid flame flare-ups and sooting. Drafts can also blow lightweight curtains or papers into the flame where they could catch fire.

    Always burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Don't burn too many candles in a small room or in a "tight" home where air exchange is limited.

    Don't burn a candle all the way down. Extinguish the flame if it comes too close to the holder or container. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 2 inches of wax remains or ½ inch if in a container.

    Never touch a burning candle or move a votive or container candle when the wax is liquid.

    Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.

    Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they don't melt one another, or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.

    Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It's the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.

    Never extinguish candles with water. The water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might cause a glass container to break.

    Be very careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment - such as a lantern or kerosene heater.

    Make sure a candle is completely extinguished and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.

    Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers repeatedly, or the flame becomes too high. The candle isn't burning properly and the flame isn't controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before re-lighting.

    NEVER, NEVER place a burning candle where a child could reach them! (it could not only burn your child, it could start a fire).

    So please do not become a statistic!


    To find a consultant in your area, or find out more about a company click on these to find out more information, such as hosting a party, starting your own home based business, or even for fundraising information.



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