Ear candles are specially made candles that are not like any other candles. They are hollow, anywhere from nine to fifteen inches long, they have no wick and they are narrower at one end than the other. When the wide end is lit and the narrow end is resting gently in your ear, there is a kind of “chimney effect” created that encourages the natural movement of wax through your ear canal to the outside of your ear – and into the candle.
The candles are made in one of two ways – one way is to dip strips of cotton into melted wax and wrap this cotton around a wooden mold. This is more important than you might think. When the cotton is dipped into the wax first, the wax is on both the inside and the outside of the candle. There is potential that the wax could drip down the inside of the candle to your ear. This is less likely to happen when the second method is used. The cotton is wrapped around the mold first and the the wrapped mold is dipped into the melted wax.
There is a difference in the type of wax that is used as well. Paraffin wax is often used because it’s the least expensive wax. Some object to using paraffin because it’s a petroleum product. It is also said that paraffin burns at a higher temperature and drips more than other waxes. Personally, I never use any that are made of paraffin.
The only ones I use are 100% beeswax candles. I appreciate using a natural product that does not pollute the environment in any aspect of its development or use. I've experimented a bit with making my own, but they didn't turn out as well as the ones you can buy - maybe I just need practice! But in the meantime, if you'd like some for yourself,
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