Can Candles go bad?

Do Candles go bad?

In places without electric connection, candles come in handy when people need light.

Beyond the need for light to keeps of darkness, candles form a source of lighting for ceremonies like birthdays and baptisms.


a Candle appears durable, but when its kept from harsh conditions.

But the questions I’m raising are whether candles do go bad? By going bad, we refer to the condition loss of quality, scents or even the loss of ordinary usability of the candles.

Of course, the loss in values will drift onto the economic value of the candle itself. More unfortunate, that will be a loss at several spheres starting with the absoluteness to the complex direct and indirect costs associated with the candles

. For ordinary reasons, the going bad of a candle excludes the unforeseen factors like fires and theft.

Here are discussions to help answer the question conclusively.

Composition: candles are basically a hydrocarbon or, in better words, made up of compounds that derive their basic elements from hydrogen and carbon.

Ant true, when a candle gets through the burning process, it releases water and carbon dioxide into the environment.

First things first: candles  do go bad?

Candles do go bad, but that depends on a host of factors acting singly or in combination. Let’s consider those factors:

• Storage conditions: candles, just like any other product have a reasonable shell life tagged to ideal room conditions.

Now, when candles are stored in extreme cases of heat, they’ll spoil faster. The worst comes when you store them under alternating cycles of extreme heat and cold weather.

That’s without the doubt that the time taken to go bad will shorten radically. Ordinary candles are soft, but exposure to extreme conditions will see them become a hard mass that loses the malleability element.

Now, talk of scented candles. The first thing that gets lost is the fragrance itself.

That does not mean that the candle will not light, but it will be an ordinary one in place of the anticipated scents each was meant to render into the air.

• The packaging also matters; this is great for the scented candles. Assuming they are covered with a thin layer of polythene that decreases the rate at which the intended scent becomes lost over time.

• Objects and surfaces of contact: Candles seemingly exhibit a high tolerance to going bad especially if well preserved under ordinary room temperatures.

Some surfaces of contact with the candle have outright effects. Take for instance, the contact of soil and the candles.

The natural reagents in the soil will contribute to the loss of bonding within the base elements in the candle itself

• Human and natural interference: due to unforeseen factors, the candle could be chemically altered by complex elements like radiations.

The fact remains that their usability reduces drastically.

Candles go bad. At the end of the chain, candles that have gone bad are a loss that involves losses accruing in various forms.

The candles are not able to voice facts on their behalf, but rely on human agents to keep them well