Candles played important role in humankind development. Depend on the geographical locations mankind used different candle fuel as raw material to make candles. For example, in China around 200 BC Whale fat used as candle fuel.
In Europe, people made candles from natural fat. As time goes by other fuels replaced the old ones such as animal fat replaced by the beeswax. Around 1850 a revolutionized candle making method invented that made candles commercially available and affordable.
At this time paraffin wax distilled from coal replaced all candle fuels in order to make high quality and cheap candles.
Around 1900, candle industry declined rapidly upon the introduction of the incandescent light bulb. From 1900 expansion of electricity network and availability of electricity made candles to become more decorative product.