Most people believe that the candle history begins with Egyptians. In their attempt to illuminate the dark areas, the Egyptians lowered the reeds in lard and set fire to the reeds. Although it was a good source of light, the candles were dirty, not very mobile, and they stank.
The candles are glowing in the dark for centuries. The Romans were the inventors of the first candles with the wicks, although many civilizations before them had soaked reeds with animal fats to light their way.
There was another way to make candles by making use of fish. The fish was dried in the sun. The dried fish was placed on a stick, so it was lit. It was a prototype of the candles we use now. Great Kings in the annals of history used candles to record time. They became known as lookout candles. The first version of the chandelier was the lines.
The Romans used animal fats to make their candles. The wax was easily accessible, inexpensive and practical, but had drawbacks. It smelled like fat burning and smoked a lot. Over time, they discovered that beautiful beeswax candles were made in the Middle Ages. This discovery was a major step forward because beeswax is a very pure fuel wax and has no sharp odors. It also had its drawbacks, beeswax was much more expensive when compared to tallow, and therefore candy prices rose and could no longer be used by the masses.
The history of the candles grew even more as the first Europeans crossed the ocean to start a new life in modern America. Early settlers discovered that there is a small berry that produces wax from which candles can be made. As the candles burned from the berries, the scent smelled sweet. The only problem was that the extraction of wax was very stressful and few people faced this task.
In colonial America, candle makers have discovered that a Bayberry shrub produces a greenish-green bean which produces a sweet-smelling wax while cooking and it was not smoky. The downside was that it was very difficult to make such wax. These candles were very expensive and soon were used only during the holidays. These candles are still available today and still require high prices. Candles still resemble most people on holidays, and their sweet scent is often enjoyed only during this period.
Afterward, candles were made of whales that produced rigid wax candles that could not be produced at a reasonable price until the whales were real and oil was available as an alternative source of light. The industrialization phase included many new inventions, including the invention of paraffin. This new wax made it possible once again to produce massive candles at an affordable price. With the invention of lamps, the demand for candles as the light source has decreased, but most homes still have candles to prevent not only energy but also for decorative purposes.
Today’s candles come in many appearances, volumes, colors, and scents. Now we begin to make candles from soy products that are grown and will not end. Soy candles create candles that are smoke-free and have a clean burn. They are even longer than conventional paraffin candles. Candles are now used to spice up the room, not to light it and are even used as simple decorations. Most people believe that people will never give up in using candles, despite the discovery of the light bulb.