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The art of scented candles

Once you find out the surprising benefits of scented candles, you will want to make your own at home!

Charity Chan


Published: 15 May 2015, 5:08 PM

Ever wondered what has been the increasing appeal of scented candles?  It could possibly be the varying scents and attractive visual elements that draw people to use brands like Yankee Candles, Bath & Body Works and WoodWick.

Here are some benefits from using scented candles:

1. Promotes focus for increased productivity

Unlike the usual industrial lights we use at home, the flames produced by candles are more pleasing on the eyes. When lighted up, these scented candles create a warm setting, encouraging our minds to concentrate better.

2. Improves memory

Our sense of smell, the most sensitive out of our five senses, relays information quickly to the limbic system (brain), helping us to recall emotions and memories. Certain aromas, such as rosemary and lavender, might help to boost our memory efficiently.

3. Each scent has its own benefits

Choosing the right fragrance can help lift your mood. For instance, citrus scents help to invigorate, and eliminate stress and anxiety. Vanilla scents are soothing, relaxing and comforting to the soul.

After reading about these benefits, you might be interested to make your own scented candles at home. Here are some easy and doable ideas that you can try:

1. Layering it

Pile your favourite colours in a clear jar and use different scents for each layer. These vibrant colours also enhance the aesthetics of your scented candle.

 

Using colours with similar tones will make it look more attractive
Photo credit: Hellonatural

 

2. Pressed herbs and florals

For a natural touch, try using simple herbs like cinnamon sticks and flowers such as rose or lavender. The finished product produces an organic scent effortlessly.

 

Lovely arrangements of scented herbs in a jar
Photo credit: Adventures-in-making

 

3. Coffee lovers

For coffee lovers like myself, this simple DIY requires the least effort! Simply pour aromatic coffee beans into a mug and place tea light candles on the beans.

 

The coffee aroma will surely flood the surroundings
Photo credit: Wecallingshenanigans

 

4. Teacup candles

Put those vintage teacups that are hiding in your cabinets to good use by filling them up with melted colourful wax. You can also add your own designs on unused, plain teacups for a personalised look.

 

Pastel colored wax is used for a more feminine looking tea cup
Photo credit: Heygorg

 

5. Cookie cutter candles

Who says cookie cutters are only good for making cookies? These adorable candles will make the perfect homemade gifts, especially for festive seasons like Christmas and Valentine’s Day.

 

Candles in various shapes for different occasions
Photo credit: Popsugar

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