To Burn or Not to Burn

To burn or Not to Burn a candle.  Have you ever found a special candle that you didn’t want to burn? Maybe you picked up the candle during a special vacation and having the candle reminds you of fun family times.  Or you have a sentimental attachment to the candle. Maybe its aroma is so heavenly you don’t want to risk trying to replace the candle.  Regardless of the reason, unburned candles hold a mysticism, an unknown build-up calling out to be burned.

To Burn or Not to Burn a candle

To burn or not to burn a candle.  The beauty of an unlit candle is just that, it’s still new and clean. The wick is still pristine, the wax untouched, and the aroma intact.  Your unburned candle is known in the industry as a cold throw candle.  A cold throw candle is one that is being used to throw off its aroma “cold” or unburned.

It’s a candles’ untouched ambiance that attests to its ability to hold a strong aroma without being lit.

You know it has the potential to be a good candle when it puts out an amazing aroma and you haven’t lit it yet. It’s a testimony to the quality of the candle when it’s cold, though it’s potent enough that it smells amazing without being lit.

To Burn or Not to Burn a Southern Blaze candle
Carolina Girl, honeysuckle and patchouli wood wick lotion candle

Anticipation of the first lighting with a candle

Anticipation of the first lighting with a candle can be fun. The anticipation prior to burning the candle is exciting to a candle enthusiast.  The first lighting of the candle wick with drum rolls and all that.

I might be getting carried away but there is a primal excitement to that first new candlelight. A spark of joy with the first connection of match to flame as the fire starts to melt the wax wick.  The flame licks higher as it attempts to burn away the wick wax residue from the wax pour.  Once the flame gains ground, it settles down to its natural flicker of deep orange and yellow hues based on a sepia glow.

The first lighting of the candle aroma can be a time warp

The first lighting of the candle can be a time warp.  The onslaught of aroma hits your olfactory and you are instantly thrown into a memory bank filled with moments of childhood.  The blissful aroma is reminiscent of sitting at the kitchen table making a cinnamon bundt cake with grandma.  You have lit your Cinnamon Bundt Wood Wick Lotion candle and it smells even more wonderful being lit than just as a cold throw candle.

To Burn or Not to Burn - Northern Luminary Beeswax Lotion Candle
To Burn or Not to Burn a beeswax candle

And why is that?  There is magic to the lighting of a candle.  The way it pops when it is first lit and if you have a wood wick candle, oh, that ongoing crackle sound as the flame dances on the wood.  When lit, the chemicals from the fire flame enact with the oxygen in the air. As the wax melts the aroma molecules are released from the wax and binds with oxygen molecules putting out a robust intense aroma.  This chemical reaction often enhances the strength and potency of the aroma.

So, if you are undecided as to whether to burn or not to burn a candle, consider the missed opportunity of seeing that beautiful flame lit, hearing the crackling of the wood wick, and embracing the full potency of its aromatic bounty.

And in the end, candles are made to be burned.

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4 thoughts on “To Burn or Not to Burn”

  1. Ring Candles are a unique gift that is growing in popularity. They are made to look like real rings and the fun part is you never know what size or color ring you will get. They make a great gift for any occasion, especially weddings, as the bride and groom can give them to each other as a surprise. Ring Candles come in a variety of scents and each candle has its own personality. Some of the most popular ring candles are the Love Ring Candle, which smells like strawberries and champagne

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