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Do Coloured Candles Burn Quicker Than White Candles?

Whether coloured candles burn faster than white candles is a question that has been getting asked more and more frequently recently. There are increasing numbers of YouTube videos dedicated to the subject, not to mention a multitude of science fair projects attempting to answer the question once and for all. There are contrasting theories, with one being that white candles are purer and thus take longer to burn, with the additional dyes in coloured candles helping to fuel their faster burn time. Another theory is that coloured candles burn longer because of the dye.

The conflicting ideas most likely stem from the various experiments folks have conducted having thrown up contradictory results, with some declaring coloured candles the faster burners while others declare white candles are faster. These contradictions are to be expected when you understand the real reasons behind the burn times of candles.

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The Real Reasons Behind Candle Burn Times

In reality, the amount of dye used to create the majority of coloured candles is actually extremely small and unlikely to affect the burn time at all. It’s true that some candles feature far more dye than others, and these richly coloured candles may indeed burn a little faster due to the increase of heat that the dye ingredients create. But most coloured candles do not use enough dye for it to make any significant difference.

The truth is that any particular candle’s burn time will be mostly determined by the type of wax used in conjunction with the type of wick used. There are additional factors to consider as well, such as additives like wax hardeners, scent ingredients and even the age of the candle, which can all affect the burn time.

Wax Hardness Affects Burn Time

Additives like wax hardeners help a candle burn longer, as the softer the wax the faster it will burn down. Naturally softer wax such as soy wax will burn quicker than naturally harder waxes such as paraffin candles. Beeswax is also harder than soy wax, so again they will take longer to burn down than soy wax candles.

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How Wicks Affect a Candle’s Burn Time

Wicks are lot more important to a candle’s burn time than they are often given credit for. Thick wicks will produce a larger, hotter flame and thus burn the candle quicker than a thin wick. The material of the wick will make a difference as well. Some wick material burns hotter and faster than others, so this can be a massive factor in determining a candle’s burn time.

Other Influences on Candle Burn Times

As well as the additives and additional ingredients such as those included in scented candles, the age of a candle will also affect the burn time as older candles dry out over time. The conditions of the room in which the candle is burning can also have a small effect on the burn time. A drafty room may cause the flame’s heat to disperse before it melts the wax as it normally would in a completely still environment.

Ultimately, a candle’s burn time is determined by a variety of factors, with its colour rarely being one of the most influential. Do let us know if you have noticed any other factors that help increase or decrease the burn time of your favourite candles.

A Beginner’s Guide To Candle Colour Therapy

Candle colour therapy utilises the influences of different colours to promote a wide range of different vibes and moods, as well as positively influencing our mental health in a wide variety of ways. Each colour in the spectrum is associated with different influential energies as well as particular Chakras (points of the body aligned with our spiritual energy). Take a look at our infographic below to find out the physical and spiritual associations that your favourite colours hold.

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Considering all the positive permutations that are possible, it’s easy to see why coloured candles have consistently been one of the most caring, considerate and rewarding gifts we can give to our loved ones as well as ourselves. Enjoy decorating your home with our beautiful selection of coloured pillar candles, tea lights and much more!

Symbolism of Candles in Dreams

The symbolism of dreams is like an ever-changing language that we can never quite become fully fluent in due to the individuality of our thoughts, emotions and experiences which create them. The symbols we see in our dreams can and indeed do carry a lot of meaning, but figuring it out can be difficult, as every little detail of the dream may have some bearing on the overall significance. The dream symbolism of candles is a fine example, as exactly how the candle appears and in what context can drastically alter what it means to us.

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Candles & Meanings

Lit candles often represent awareness or enlightenment. It might be a truth that is being revealed to you, in which case focusing on the symbolism of the candle might distract you from the other elements of the dream which the candle is simply lighting the way to.

Conversely, an unlit candle may symbolise grief or a sense of loss, or perhaps just disappointment or rejection, especially if you attempt to light the candle in your dream but it just won’t catch light. There might also be elements of self-denial about such a frustrating candle dream symbol.

Ceremonial candles may also be indicating that the focus of the dream is important or due some reverence, while dreaming of someone holding a candle may represent them leading you or showing you the way. Witnessing a candle blowing out indicates that something once important to you is no longer as significant in your life and that generally you are comfortable with this and you are prepared to let it go. Dreaming of a candle burning down to nothing though can symbolise a fear of growing old and beyond that, death itself.

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What Does it Mean if you Dream of Candles?

A red candle is thought to symbolise an unrealised romantic connection, perhaps with someone you hadn’t previously imagined any romantic interest in. Your subconscious might have noticed something that your conscious mind did not and is trying to send you a message to pay more attention to someone who might just be right for you.

Other symbolism attached to candles are a sense of security and comfort, while some believe the vision of a burning candle in your dream is a portent to some good fortune about to come your way. If the flame of the candle is especially large, perhaps unusually so, then the candle itself might have less significance with the symbolism to be interpreted actually focusing on the fire.

Dreaming of candle wax can have some interesting implications, as it’s often associated with overdoing things, perhaps at work or life in general, and the abundance of melted wax is likely symbolic of you burning the candle at both ends. Dreaming of this is a strong indicator that you need to ease of the pedal a little and take things a bit slower.

There’s no black and white rule book for interpreting dreams however, and the best authority we have for figuring out the symbolism of our own dreams is ourselves. Only we know our hearts, minds and circumstances well enough to know exactly which meaning the dream candle has, but it’s useful to know that there is a symbolic foundation which we can use to figure out exactly what’s going on in our heads while we’re sleeping.