Why Scented Candles Make the Best Gifts

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This year, you will likely be racking your brain trying to think of gift ideas for any number of people who range from very close loved ones to random recipients of White Elephant during the holiday season.

Fear not. There is one gift that is almost universally appreciated, even by those who initially may scoff at it. I’m talking, of course, about candles.

So, what makes candles such a universally acceptable gift? Here are a few of the major benefits of adding scented candles to your gift repertoire.

 

Natural Light

You don’t have to be a romantic to appreciate the soft, warm glow of a candle. In world that is increasingly besieged by the glare of screens, give your eyes (and your brain) a break and enjoy some lovely candlelight. Scientists have begun to study the effects of artificial light, broadly concluding that it has completely changed our sleep cycles. Viewing screens at night (as we all do) can restrict melatonin and make the brain more alert. Reducing artificial light may help calm you and likely help you sleep better than you would staring into your Instagram feed just before bed. And if your gift recipient is like most of us, she could probably use a little more sleep.

Candle Pairing: Escapist

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Aromatherapy

A balanced, scented candle can do wonders for your mood, bringing back joyful memories or awakening a sense of calm in the mind. Turning to science once again, there are numerous studies that demonstrate the power of smell in evoking emotions and memories. There is also evidence that the right smells can help reduce anxiety, promote wellness, and in the case of lavender in particular, even help with chronic pain.

Candle Pairing: Pick 3 Gift Set


Energy (and Money) Savers

Although it may not be advisable to read for extended periods of time in candle light, turning off artificial lights for a while to enjoy a book, a meal, or a conversation can also help save on energy consumption as well as your monthly bill. This may appeal to the more pragmatic, energy-conscious, or frugal among gift recipients.

Candle Pairing: Gold Travel Tins

Noir candle bed - Brooklyn Candle Studio

Coziness

Candles are cozy. They just are. No science needed for this one, but if you need to try out an experiment, light your favorite candle, grab a blanket, curl up on the couch, and measure whether or not the cozy factor has increased. If it hasn’t, add some hot tea or cocoa and repeat.

Candle Pairing: Noir

Sunday Morning candle - Brooklyn Candle Studio

Beauty

Part of the allure of candle light is almost inexplicable, perhaps the reason why candles have been used in religious and meditative practices for centuries. We are drawn to their beauty, the way the flame dances on the wick and warms the room in its soft glow. At its best, the candle vessel will also evoke a sense of beauty, whether that is simple and clean, modern, whimsical, unusual or more ornate. Combining both form and function, candles allow us to express our design aesthetic and scent preferences, while also drawing us into a relaxed, meditative state.

Candle Pairing: Minimalist


Unisex

Much like the late, great David Bowie, candles are hip, shiny, and not conventionally male or female. Whether you prefer aromas that are floral, woodsy, earthy, citrusy, or anything in between, there is a scent that appeals to all of us.

Candle Pairing: Pink Disco

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Accessorize!

It may not be obvious that candles have accessories...but we think every ritual deserves its own special set of accoutrement. While our style is mostly minimal, we enjoy a pop of color. If you are shopping for someone with a bit of flare, we’ve got the goods. From gold wick trimmers to our chic, colorful matches, we have all the accessories for that hip guy or gal on your list.

Pairing: Match Box

 

So, are you ready to help your friends and family get lit!? We hope you’ll check out some of our gift ideas and give the gift that everyone (sometimes secretly) will appreciate.

février 03, 2019 by Tamara Mayne
4 Ways You're Burning Candles All Wrong

4 Ways You're Burning Candles All Wrong

1. You fall asleep with your candle burning. For a full 10 hours.

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What you're doing wrong:
First of all, never leave a candle burning unattended! If you burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time, carbon will collect on the wick, and your wick will begin to "mushroom." This can cause the wick to become unstable, the flame to get too large, your candle to smoke, and soot to be released into the air and around your candle container. 

Solution: Don't burn your candles unattended or for more than 4 hours at a time! 


2. You get a new candle on your way home from work. Yippee! You light your candle for 30 minutes before you go to bed. Then you blow it out. 

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What you're doing wrong:
If you burn a candle for too little time, especially the first time, you will get that annoying tunneling effect when you have accumulate this leftover wax on the sides of the container (read: you end up wasting your candle). 

Solution: Particularly for their first burn, candles are supposed to burn for at least one hour per inch of container diameter. So, if you bought a new candle that is 3 inches in diameter, you should burn your candle for at least 3 hours (though not more than 4 at a time). Wax has a memory, so you want to burn your candle so the melted wax spreads all the way out to the edge of your container. That way, when you burn your candle the next time, it will remember to melt all the way out to the sides.

*Note: Sometimes, especially with cheap candles, the wrong wick is used in the candle, you may not be able to burn the candle until it creates a full melt pool even if you do burn it long enough. This is the fault of the candlemaker for not testing the correct wick, not you. If your wick eventually drowns in wax, you can carve out the wax above the wick and pour some of the wax into the trash so the flame can create a bigger melt pool. 

3. You don't trim your wicks.

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What you're doing wrong:
Do your candles have a big black ring around the sides of the candles, and do they smoke when you light them? If this is the case, you probably have been lighting your candles for way too long and not trimming the wick. What happens when you light a candle for too long is you've let your wick "mushroom" or develop carbon buildup. This is the result of the candle consuming more wax than it can burn. Lighting a "mushroom" can lead a wick to crackle and pop and release soot into the air and onto your candle container. 

Solution: Try buying a wick trimmer, and always trim your wicks to 1/4 inch before lighting. Never burn for more than 4 hours, otherwise carbon will start to accumulate again. 

4. You blow your candles out to extinguish them. 

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What you're doing wrong:
This one seems a little crazy huh? How else are you supposed to extinguish a flame? Here's the thing—blowing out candles can cause wax to spray onto your face and smoke to fill the room. Doing so can also bury the wick in the wax making it hard for you to light your candle the next time. 

Solution: Use the tip of a screwdriver to dip the wick in the wax to extinguish. Then use it to straighten the wick out for the next burn. Or use a snuffer. We love this snuffer set from Anthropologie. 

mars 29, 2016 by Tamara Mayne
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