Six Mind-Blowing Facts About Candles

Candles have come a long way since their use in 3,000 B.C. They are no longer used as a source of light however they continue to grow in popularity. Today candles are used in celebration, igniting romance, relaxation,  adding a touch of design to your space and most recently... connecting strangers around the world.

If you’re a candle lover like myself and are ever curious to know some fun facts... this is the place for you! These are a few of my favourite mind blowing facts about candles.

1. The earliest known candles date back 5,000 years.

5,000 years ago candles were innovated in ancient Egypt, where they were made from animal fat (tallow). These "candles" were not the traditional candles we have today... they were torches made from reeds that were dipped in tallow. Throughout time animal fat from cows, pigs, sheep and even whales have been used to make candles.

2. The word "candle" is derived from the Latin word candere.

Origin of the word candle: Latin > Latin > Old English

According to Oxford languages the word candle came from a Latin word "candere" which means "to shine" or "to glow".

3. During the Middle Ages candle-making was a respected art.

Candle making was a skilled trade back in the middle ages and was a highly respected career. I believe that candle making is still a form of art. Specifically like minded brands who are innovating their candles to become more than a flicker.

4. The standard measurement for a candle's brightness is called "candlepower".

Back in 1860 The Metropolitan Gas Act located in the United Kingdom defined the term "candlepower" (abbreviated as cp or CP) as a unit of measurement for luminous intensity. In modern days "candlepower" is pretty much obsolete however this term is still used to define legal requirements.

5. Soy wax candles gained popularity in the 1990s.

In the 90s soy wax candles became a more sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to paraffin and beeswax candles. Soy wax is made from a renewable resource... soybean oil, making it a biodegradable and sustainable choice for candle-making.

6. $3.9 billion dollar market.

The candle market is projected to grow from $3.69 billion in 2022 to $3.90 billion in 2023. Because of innovation from small business owners and the market for ethically sourced products the market is growing at a steady 5.9% every year. By 2027 the market is predicted to reach $4.81 billion.

Candles have been in our lives for thousands of years and I find it inspiring to look back on history and see how far we've come! Come back for more mind blowing facts about candles. But... in the mean time... keep spreading love, laughter and awareness!

Happy candle shopping!