The candle is an object that we have all used at one time or another in our lives. However, few people know about its fascinating history.
Candles were first used by the Egyptians over 5000 years ago. At that time, they were made of animal fat and served mainly for religious purposes. The Greeks then developed candles made from beeswax, which were considered more valuable.
In the Middle Ages, candles were a symbol of wealth and status. Beeswax candles were reserved for the wealthy, while the poor used candles made from animal fat. Candles were also used for the decoration of churches and homes.
Over time, candle production improved and paraffin wax was introduced in 1850. This made it possible to produce cheaper and more uniform candles than beeswax candles. In the 1900s, candle production began to be industrialized, which enabled mass production of candles.
Today, candles made from vegetable wax (like soy) are becoming increasingly popular, as they are considered more environmentally friendly and durable than paraffin wax candles. Vegetable wax candles burn cleaner and slower, which means they have a longer lifespan and emit less smoke and soot than paraffin wax candles. At Officine Lutèce, we recommend the use of vegetable wax candles for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly candle experience.
The candle is a fascinating object that has evolved over the centuries to become an essential part of the decoration and atmosphere of our interiors. Whether you're looking to set a romantic mood or add a touch of warmth to your space, a candle can be the perfect solution.