Asked by: Jucelia Mollnhauer
asked in category: General Last Updated: 13th May, 2020

Does candle wax decompose?

Almost all candles contain nontoxic ingredients, and the National Candle Association claims that most are made from biodegradable material. But, it is hard to believe that solid chunk of wax will break down anytime soon or turn into a beneficial soil amendment.

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Similarly, you may ask, is candle wax biodegradable?

Studies have shown that beeswax, paraffin and vegetable-based waxes are biodegradable. The vast majority of candles today are made primarily from these waxes.

does candle wax evaporate? When you light the candle, the solid wax melts and liquid wax is drawn up the wick. As the candle gets hotter, the liquid wax evaporates into a gas. This gaseous wax burns in the oxygen of the air. The gaseous wax remains in the air after you blow out the candle.

Keeping this in consideration, where does candle wax disappear to?

The heat of the flame vaporizes the wax molecules and they react with the oxygen in the air. As wax is consumed, capillary action draws more liquid wax along the wick. As long as the wax doesn't melt away from the flame, the flame will consume it completely and leave no ash or wax residue.

Is candle wax bad for the environment?

Crude oil, being the origin of paraffin wax, is considered highly unsustainable due to it being a non-renewable resource. It has also been the cause of a slew of environmental calamities, in oil spills, damage of natural habitats and climate change.

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