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Pillar 7 Candle and Kudzu Surprise Fan Club booth at Fair on the Square. May 4-5, 2019 in Collierville, Tennessee.
May 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Pillar 7 Candles
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On my last post to this blog, I promised a very brief description on how a candle works. The idea being that you need a rudimentary understanding in order to properly care for your candles to get maximum enjoyment. We’ll cover that briefly, but I have other ideas on candle living I’d like to share with you in this blog installment.

When you touch a lighted match to a candle wick, you start a chemical reaction or process. One of the best ways to demonstrate this is through a series of illustrations from Wicks Unlimited. It’s been floating around the internet for years and goes by the title Combustion 101. https://wicksunlimited.com/technical-resources/combustion-101/ As the wick generates heat, the wax begins to melt and is pulled to the top of your wick by a capillary action. If you picture dipping the tip of a paper towel into a drop of water, you get the idea. Obviously, this is where we get the term “wicking” from.

The combination of the proper wick, wax, and fragrance will determine whether or not your candle will burn beautifully and fragrant, or whether it will be a disappointing and possibly dangerous burning experience. In my next blog post, I’ll show you how to recognize problems with your burning candle and how to correct at least some common problems. In the meantime, visit http://www.pillar7candles.com and order a candle you think you may like and make sure you buy a candle snuffer as well. Here’s the direct link. https://www.pillar7candles.com/#!/Candle-Snuffer-with-Pivot-Bell-Head/p/128186280/category=32914028 Do not blow out a candle. Always use a proper snuffer. Enough of the technical material for now. It’s important, but you came here to read about candle living.

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The combination of the proper wick, wax, and fragrance will determine whether or not your candle will burn beautifully and fragrant, or whether it will be a disappointing and possibly dangerous burning experience. In my next blog post, I’ll show you how to recognize problems with your burning candle and how to correct at least some common problems. In the meantime, visit http://www.pillar7candles.com and order a candle you think you may like and make sure you buy a candle snuffer as well. Here’s the direct link. https://www.pillar7candles.com/#!/Candle-Snuffer-with-Pivot-Bell-Head/p/128186280/category=32914028 Do not blow out a candle. Always use a proper snuffer. 

Enough of the technical material for now. It’s important, but you came here to read about candle living.

During this time period, a group from Champaign, Illinois created quite a stir with their own recipe for Rock & Roll, party music, and tender ballads. REO Speedwagon was that band, and they owned the 1980s. REO has been one of my favorite musical acts ever since.

One of their top selling ballads was “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. It was an enormous hit song. It relates to our topic because one of the central lines is: “You’re a candle in the window on a cold dark winter’s night”. Whenever I hear that song played, it touches a part of my mind that brings back a memory for me. It’s a general memory of that time period, but it also brings back a very specific memory for me.

It would be a stretch to say that Kevin Cronin, the REO artist who penned that song, was trying to make a point that fragrant candles and other scents bring back memories! I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the case, but I’m also certain that it wasn’t mere coincidence either. It does, in fact, bolster the belief in fragrance memory, and that is the primary premise of this blog and the mission of Pillar 7 Candles.

Thank you for letting me take this little interlude into my feelings about fragrance, scent, and memory. Don’t forget to buy a candle and a candle wick snuffer. You’ll need them. Care of your candle is the next stop on our trail.


– Quentin Laymon


Olive Branch, Mississippi

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