Monday, August 13, 2012

A Guide to the Different Types of Candles - Guest Post by Lily Fox

A Guide to the Different Types of Candles
Written by Lily Fox

There are many different candle types to choose from, all of which can provide different uses and aesthetic appeals. Candles may be used within the home or outdoors, and may be used for purely practical reasons, or as part of specific design decisions. Most candles come with scented aromas, and can be used as part of homeopathic aromatherapy treatments. The following list details some general types of candles and their main benefits, and also indicates which candles are best for the environment:

1 - Scented Candles

Distinctive scents are typically added to a candle during its initial melting and pouring production process. Scented candles can come in different forms, from votive candles in small containers to tealights, which represent smaller moulds that can be arranged as part of a set. Scented candles can typically be bought as part of gift sets, with popular smells including
violet, lavender, vanilla, coconut and jasmine. Larger pillar candles can also be scented, and help add to the atmosphere of a room.

2 - Pillar Candles

One of the largest type of candles, these burn for an extended period of time, and are usually free standing. Pillar candles come in scented ranges, and are large enough to be personalised through motifs, names, and other forms of decoration. Pillar candles are often used as strong sources of light, and as part of table decorations.

3 - Aromatherapy Candles

Used for their soothing qualities, candles made from natural ingredients, and using scented ranges, can produce vapours that help to reduce the effects of colds and the flu, while stimulating appetites and helping to relieve stress. Yiang Yiang candles are particularly recommended for their aphrodisiac qualities, and for instilling confidence in the use.

4 - Natural Wax Candles

Often made from soy and plant mixes, the use of natural wax candles represents an excellent way to contribute to the environment. Natural wax candles are also recommended in scented types, with sandalwood, orange and geranium smells typically popular. While most types of candle are not dangerous for the environment, natural wax and soy candles are particularly recommended for their biodegradability, and their ability to be cheaply sourced and used alongside more general types of candle.

5 - Votive Candles

Smaller candles that use containers, votive candles are often arranged in lines as a more understated form of lighting.

6 - Garden Candles

Hanging and torch candles for outside spaces include tealight candles for ponds, as well as garden flares and lamps. Many outside candles can burn for up to 30 hours, and can be combined to create distinctive lighting schemes across a garden.

7 - Hurricane Lamps

Housed in glass votive containers, hurricane lamps are a safe way to generate large amounts of light, and are usually found in straight, free standing units.

8 - Christmas and Decorated Candles

Advent candles represent pillar candles that can be decorated to suit the season. They can also be found as tumbler candles, and can be tailored for different parts of the home. Similar levels of decoration can also be achieved for Easter candles, as well as always popular birthday candles. Decorations can be added once the candle has cooled during its heating and melting process, while the surface of a candle itself can be manipulated when still soft to create patterns.

Author: Lily Fox writes on romance, home decoration, and art. She is enthusiastic about scented candles and has an abundance of them in all shapes and scents scattered around her house.

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