Saturday, January 29, 2011
Most early Western cultures relied primarily on candles rendered from animal fat (tallow). A major improvement came in the Middle Ages, when beeswax candles were introduced in Europe. Unlike animal-based tallow, beeswax burned pure and cleanly, without producing a smoky flame. It also emitted a pleasant sweet smell rather than the foul, acrid odor of tallow. Beeswax candles were widely used for church ceremonies, but because they were expensive, few individuals other than the wealthy could afford to burn them in the home.
Tallow candles were the common household candle for Europeans, and by the 13th century, candlemaking had become a guild craft in England and France. The candlemakers (chandlers) went from house to house making candles from the kitchen fats saved for that purpose, or made and sold their own candles from small candle shops.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
U.S. retail sales of candles are estimated at approximately
$2 billion annually, excluding sales of candle accessories.
Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households.
Candles generally can be categorized into 11 basic types: tapers, votives, pillars, container(or jar) candles, tealights, liturgical candles, outdoor candles, floating candles, novelty candles, utility candles, and birthday candles.
Manufacturer surveys show that 90% of all candles are purchased by women.
Votives, container candles and pillars are currently the most popular types of candles with American consumers.
Candle industry research indicates that the most important factors affecting candle sales are scent, color, cost and shape.
The retail price of a candle generally ranges from approximately 50¢ for a votive to $30 for a large pillar or jar candle. Highly unusual or embellished artisan candles can be $200 or more.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Have a scent that you LOVE from another candle or scent company? Want to know if Gold Canyon has a comparable scent? Now you can do a quick and easy search on the Gold Canyon website!Here’s how:
- Go to the website
- Click on Shop (on the left side of the page)
- Click the Similar Scent Lookup link above the search box (on the right side of the page)
- Search for your favorite scent!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Nature of Silver:
Silver is a precious metal and other metals are often described as silver in color. Silver doesn't have the warmth of gold. It's a cool metal.
Culture of Silver:
Silver often symbolizes riches, just as gold does. Silver can be glamorous and distinguished. While gray-haired men and women are seen as old, silver-haired denotes a graceful aging. Silver is the traditional Twenty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary gift.
The color silver can be earthy, natural or sleek and elegant. It can be used much as gray is although when using shiny metallic inks, small amounts for accents is best.