It's lit: 5 fun facts about the history of candles

This time around we felt like dusting off the history books and talking about what candles are all about. 

Candles have been around since the days of the ancient Egyptians and still remain a household item (crazy, I know). From a revolutionary and very vital light source, to a decorative way of spreading fragrance and dim light around our homes for a change of atmosphere, here are some fun facts about one our favorite things: candles.



A chandlery was originally the office in a medieval household responsible for wax and candles, as well as the room in which the candles were kept. It could be headed by a chandler. Whether a separate office or not, the function was naturally an important one, in a time before electric light, and when production of candles was often done privately. Today, a chandlery can refer to a candle business; as such, a "chandler" is a person who sells candles.


In 1709, the chandlers (candle maker) guild persuaded the parliament to ban candle making in the home, therefore monopolizing the candle industry. 


The ancient Greeks would bring cakes covered with candles, representing the glowing moon, to the temple of Artemis, the Goddess of the hunt and the moon. This tradition is still seen today anytime someone sticks a candle on top of a birthday cake.


Over the last thousand+ years, candles have been made from a wide range of mediums. From animal fat, to oils from plants and insects, and everywhere in between. 


When there were no clocks, candle clocks were used that burned a set amount of hours. If you wanted an alarm, you pushed a nail at the desired time length in the candle and when it melted to that point, the nail would fall and clank on the metal holder, alerting you.

Which of these fun facts surprised you the most?


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