To Illuminate the History of Candles (and How We Enjoy Them Now)

Candles have been shedding light on our lives for ages, and boy, do they have quite the story to tell! These little sources of warmth and ambiance have come a long way, from their basic origins to the fragrant and fabulous creations we enjoy today. In this blog post, we're going to take a whirlwind tour through the history of candles and explore how they've evolved to become modern-day delights.

The Ancient Origins:

Lit Ancient Styled Candles

The earliest recorded candles emerged in ancient Egypt around 3000 BC. But back then, they weren't the scented and colorful wonders we know today; they were humble light sources created by rolling sheets of beeswax or dipping papyrus in tallow (that's animal fat, in case you were wondering).

Candles throughout History:

Historical Candle with Poker

Candles have a lot of stories to tell through history. In ancient Rome, they were mainly used for religious rituals and illumination purposes. As we hop to medieval Europe, they became more common and were made from various materials, including tallow, beeswax, and bayberries. The quality and cost of candles varied wildly, turning them into status symbols of the time.
The Modern Candle Industry:

Modern Wood Wick Candle in Tumbler Vessel Being Made

Fast forward to the 19th century, and you start to see the makings of the candle industry we know today. Thanks to advancements in candle-making, like the introduction of stearin and stearic acid, candles became more affordable and accessible. The game-changer, though, was paraffin wax, derived from petroleum. It made candles even more accessible and budget-friendly.

Candles Today:
In the modern era, candles have transcended their utilitarian roots and evolved into much more. Here are some of our favorite ways we enjoy candles today:

  1. Aromatherapy: Scented candles are all the rage! They come in scents that can transport you to lavender-scented fields or a cozy mug of vanilla bean latte. Some scents are even seasonal, really bringing together your senses!
  2. Decor: Candles are no longer just for light! With various shapes, sizes, and colors, they're tiny works of art for your living space.
  3. Zen Zone: Many folks use candles for meditation and relaxation. The gentle, soothing flicker helps you de-stress and find your Zen. Scents can be used to create an atomosphere to enhance your mindfulness.
  4. Festive Fun: Candles are part of countless celebrations and religious ceremonies. From birthday candles to Hanukkah menorahs, they bring a touch of magic to special occasions.
Candles have gone from ancient illuminators to modern marvels. They create the perfect atmosphere and sensory experiences for our lives today. Whether you're enjoying the soft glow during a luxurious bath or the flickering warmth of a candlelit reading corner, these timeless sources of illumination continue to add a dash of enchantment to our world, making everyday moments just a bit more magical.

And we love tales of art and magic!
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