When candle burns, where does the wax go?

When candle burns, where does the wax go?


The joy a candle brings is unmatched. From when you purchase it and take the lid off for whiff after whiff to when you decide to burn it and get your wick trimmer out, trim your wick and light it for the first time. Your candle becomes your oasis and brings peace and serenity to your room.

But how does it all work? -- We’re about to get super technical!! 

You buy a candle in a glass container, and it is filled high and after a few hours of burning the wax is lower and the wick is glowing but where does the wax go? To dive into the science behind candles, the biggest thing to know is that candle wax is composed of hydrogen and carbon atoms. Thinking back to chemistry in school, heated atoms evaporate. Once you light your wick, the heat it produces melts the wax surrounding it then vaporizes it. This turns into combustion when the wax atoms react with the oxygen in the air. As a result, carbon dioxide is produced just like when you breathe out. Your candle burning also produces some water, but it turns to steam and is barely noticeable. The process happens seamlessly and stabilizes quickly. 

There you have it! Your yummy smelling candle wax evaporates but not before allowing your space to be filled with its scent.

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