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How Candles Affect A Room's Atmosphere

Jun 24, 2019

Lighting a candle can change a room's atmosphere to relaxed, romantic or spooky depending on the circumstances. If it's a cold winter night, lighting some candles can make a room feel warm and inviting. Especially on and around Christmas Eve. Scented candles can give the room a pleasant aroma while adding to the festive feeling of the holidays. A busy and/or stressful day at work can be relieved with a few lit candles and a bubble bath. A warm bath, a favorite book or just lounging around with some candles can be a good end to a long day of work. Candles can help set the romance for any couples who want to wine and dine for the evening.

What Are Candles Made Of?

Most people would assume that candles are made of wax since wax drips when a candle melts. That is true, and a few different waxes are used to make candles. Currently, candles are mostly made out of paraffin wax. There are also candles that are made out of beeswax, plant waxes and microcrystalline wax. The wick, which is the part of the candle that ignites the flame, is embedded into the wax which is flammable. It may also be embedded into tallow which is also flammable. Candles made from tallow burn with an odor while candles made from paraffin wax don't. The wick may be a cord or string. The size of it will determine the size of the flame and how long the candle burns for.

Popular Candle Scents

Candles can be used on any day of the year, scented or not. For scented candles, the scent that's chosen can depend on whether it's early spring and late fall. If it's late in the fall, people are likely to choose a scent that is associated with fall weather, Thanksgiving, maybe even Halloween. Those scents can include cinnamon, apple and pumpkin. If it's winter, people may choose scents that are associated with warmth and Christmas such as cranberry, peppermint and snicker doodle. Some other scents that may be popular, chilly weather or not, may be scents of fruit and flowers. Vanilla may also be a popular scent that's associated with baking. When it comes to vanilla, the scent just needs to not be too overwhelming. 

Best Online Candle Retailers

There are likely several places online people can find whatever candle they're searching for. Amazon is likely to have a variety to choose from (jars and pillar candles) since virtually everything can be bought from them. Etsy may also have a variety of candles to choose from and maybe also some candle holders. Everything sold on Etsy is handmade, so there's a very low possibility that a particular design will be able to be found elsewhere. If someone is searching for a particular brand they know of, they can visit that brand's website for a specific candle. Brand websites may tend to have options that can't be found in stores. NEST Fragrances, Illume Candles and Bath and Body Works are also a few goto retailers when searching for candles to buy.