The place does a candle go when it burns, anyway? Is it wholesome to be inhaling melted candle particles? How involved ought to I be?
— Abigail B., Washington, D.C.
When candles burn, most of their matter goes into the air.
The sunshine and warmth from a candle comes from the wax burning. Whenever you mild the wick, the flame causes a number of the wax to soften, circulate up the wick and evaporate, after which the wax vapor burns. The wick, which is fabricated from cotton, additionally burns, though it’s the wax that contributes a lot of the warmth. The puddles you typically see across the base are from wax that spilled and dripped down with out burning.