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1. CANDLES WERE ALREADY THERE IN 500 BC.

They were made by the Romans from animal fat really early on to be used to honor Artemis's birth (a goddess) on the sixth day of every lunar month.


2. THERE IS A WAY TO BURN CANDLES CORRECTLY!

You thought it might be as easy as just lighting your candle up... well... it's a bit more complex than that!


Did you know that the first burn of a candle is the most important?


The first time you light your candle, you have to let it burn long enough!!!!!!! The whole top layer of the wax has to become liquid and that takes several hours depending on the size of your candle.


If you do not do this, then your candle will not burn evenly.


3. CANDLE WAX WAS EATEN DURING FAMINES

In the old days, candle wax was mainly made from animal products like beef fat or beeswax.


During famines, it was not unusual to have candles been stolen to be eaten by the hungry.


4. YOU SHOULD NOT BLOW A CANDLE TO TURN IT OFF

Blowing out a candle produces soot and smoke, which is not cool. You also risk blowing droplets of hot liquid wax in the surrounding area.


TIP: the best (actually it should be the only!!) way to put out a candle is to use a candle snuffer as it puts the flame out by depriving it of oxygen. With your Tall Pine Candle, you only need to put the lid on top of your container, easy!


5. CANDLE PRODUCTION IS GOING UP IN THE US

The US production of candles in 2020 was worth 533.5 million. It is an 3.3% increase in value compared with 2019 (source: GrandViewResearch).


6. FREEZING YOUR CANDLE WILL NOT MAKE IT LAST LONGER

Many people say that freezing a candle before lighting it will make it last longer. Sorry… but it’s fake news!


Freezing the candle actually makes the wax crack and damages the candle.


7. POLAND IS THE BIGGEST ION EU CANDLE PRODUCER

In 2019, Poland is the biggest candle producer. It was responsible for 603 million worth (38%) of all candles produced.


Germany and Italy come second and third and are responsible for 10% of the candle production value in 2018 (source: GrandViewResearch).


8. A CANDLE SHOULD NOT PRODUCE SMOKE WHEN BURNING

There is no smoke without fire, sure... but when your candle is smoking, it means the wick is too long!


EASY TO FIX IT: put the flame out, wait for the wick to cool and trim it to about 6 mm long.


9. A CANDLE THAT STARTED TUNNELLING CAN BE SAVED

When you are only able to melt the wax near the wick, it leaves a ring of hard wax on the outer edges and that's not very nice. This is called tunneling.


The only thing you have to do is covering the top of your candle with foil. Afterwards, cut a hole in the center where the wick is. It encourages the hard outer wax to soften and melt evenly.


Burn your candle for several hours with the foil lid to ensure the whole top layer is liquid.


10. SCENTED CANDLES HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON YOUR TASTE BUDS

Our sense of taste is highly influenced by our sense of smell. So, be careful when using scented candles at the dinner table.


11. CANDLES HAVE BEEN MADE FROM A WHOLE FISH

It is called “candlefish” or Eulachon. This fish has such a high-fat content that it can be used as a candle.


12. THE CANDLE FLAME DOES NOT ALWAYS STAND STRAIGHT

Did you know that under microgravity (like on a space station), some NASA scientists have revealed that a flame would be spherical.


This phenomenon is due to the lack of gravity.


13. A CANDLEMAKER IS CALLED A CHANDLER

Cocorico! It comes from the Old French word “chandelier”.


Before the introduction of electricity, a “chandelier” was a ceiling fitting made of several candles to light up the rooms.


14. CANDLES HAVE BEEN MADE OUT OF COWS, INSECTS, AND WHALES

Candles are not all vegan and natural! Tallow (a byproduct of beef fat) was popular in Europe in the Middle Ages to make candles.


Candles have also been made out of wax made out of insects and seeds. It was even made of spermaceti from sperm whales and various plants.


Candles are now mostly made from paraffin, beeswax, soy and many types of waxes.


15. PUTTING CANDLES ON CAKES IS A TRADITION FROM ANCIENT GREECE

True. Ancient Greeks would bring a cake decorated with candles. It represented the glowing moon, to the temple of Artemis, the Goddess of the hunt and the moon.

It only became a birthday tradition from the 1700s as every candle represented each passing year.


Hope you enjoyed these little tidbits of candle info. Until next time....


Bob Evans

Head Bottle Washer

www.tallpinecandles.com

bob.evans@tallpinecandles.com

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Updated: Nov 2, 2021



Howdy and Welcome to November,


Happy Thanksgiving!! I do hope deep down from the bottom of my soul that your Thanksgiving is filled with nothing but blessings and family. I also wish you memories to cherish the remainder of your days.


This has been a crazy year but this is the time of year that we should focus on the blessings that have been given each of us. I have no doubt that we all have several things we are “Thankful” for. I have to learn to be thankful everyday rather than just this time of year. Maybe that will be my New Year's resolution this coming year. Now a little Thanksgiving history for you:


When was the first Thanksgiving?

The first Thanksgiving was held between September and November 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on Plimouth Plantation. (The town Plymouth, Massachusetts, is spelled differently than the reconstructed museum of Plimouth Plantation because the original spelling of Plimouth by Govenor Bradford was with an i instead of a y.) The English Protestants who arrived in North America in 1620 were a religious sect persecuted in England. After a harsh winter, the Pilgrims had a banner harvest in 1621 due in large part to the help of Squanto, a Native American of the Patuxet tribe who spoke English after years of being enslaved. Squanto showed them how to plant corn and fish on the land that had once belonged to his own tribe, who had been tragically wiped out by smallpox. Using what they had, along with contributions from the native Wampanoag tribe (Squanto's Patuxet was a band of this tribe), they celebrated three days filled with food, military demonstrations, and games.


Despite its differences from today’s affair, there are still many opinions about how to celebrate Thanksgiving. For some it’s a celebration of coming together in the midst of a harsh environment, while for others its a reminder of the harsh history in our nation's past treatment of Indigenous peoples. Wherever you land, remember that both the colonists and Wampanoag have histories of celebrating harvests throughout the ages, giving thanks to God, the earth, or to whoever was worshipped for what they had grown and would hopefully sustain them through the winter. Counting one’s blessings, however small, is something that definitely embodies the spirit of the first Thanksgiving.

 

ARE CANDLES ALLOWED IN HAND LUGGAGE??


Yes! The TSA says solid candles are safe to fly in both carry-on and checked luggage. Gel candles, however, will need to be put in checked luggage. Most airlines also allow 1 lighter or box of matches to be carried in hand-luggage. That said, we recommend checking the baggage policies of any airline you are travelling with just to make sure; look for their policy on flammable substances.

 

FIRST MONDAY

This month's FIRST MONDAY fragrance is GARDEN MINT:


The cool, crisp notes of a herbal garden in springtime. This fragrance entwines mint leaves and peppermint with herbal and woody accords. This fragrance is infused with natural essential oils, including spearmint, eucalyptus oils. Wonderfully refreshing.


Remember, this is a limited number item. Once it is gone that's it...no more. Click here to see them: FIRST MONDAY

 

NOVEMBER FRAGRANCE OF THE MONTH:


BANANA NUT BREAD


The smell of fresh baked bread with notes of ripe banana, orange, and coconut with mid notes of cinnamon, roasted walnuts, and clove leaf atop base notes of sweet dough, vanilla, and Tonka Bean.


This fragrance is available in the 10oz Clear Candle, 6oz Travel Tin or the 2.5oz Wax Melt. Just click on the size to see the details about the fabulous fragrance.

 

“NEW” REWARDS PROGRAM


We have launched a “New” Rewards Program for our site members. Another way for you to save a little on your purchases for us here at Tall Pine Candles. If you are already a site member, I have added an extra 100 points just to get the ball rolling for you. Want to learn more? Just the button below.



 

NEW “CLEARANCE” ITEMS ADDED


I have added new items to the “Clearance” section to the website. Clearance items can include: Discontinued packaging, previous seasonal scents, overstocked items, misprints or previous brand labels. Take a look. I expect these to sell out quickly. PLEASE NOTE: No other discount can be used on these items!!


Click the button below to wander over and check these items out.



 

Undecided about which fragrance to try in a full-size candle? No worries, try one or more of our sampler packs! Each tealight will give you an idea of how a scent will burn in candle form (but please be aware, tealights are not meant to fill up a whole room!). Great way to sample our most popular scents.


Enjoy your November and I will see you next month.


Bob Evans

Head Bottle Washer

www.tallpinecandles.com

bob.evans@tallpinecandles.com



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