Image Description: A shimmery picture of candles glowing against a reflective background. The earliest recorded candles are from China, originating in about 200 BCE and made from whale fat. These days, most candles are made out of paraffin wax and beeswax, though they can also be made from soy, various plant waxes, and a by product of the beef industry called beef tallow (animal fat). Some wicks do require regular trimming down to approximately ? inch to make sure that they burn slow and steady, and to prevent it from emitting soot, a known heath hazard. The majority of commercialized wicks are made from a braided cotton, and the wick is designed so that it curves over, allowing the end of the wick to maintain the necessary level of oxygen as it is slowly consumed by fire.
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