NEW PRODUCT REVIEW – DESIGNER SCENTED CANDLES BY KENDRA SCOTT

JUST OUT THIS WEEK

Kendra Scott is a jewelry designer from Austin, Texas. She is well-known for her collection of earrings, bracelets and other bling. She is a darling of the celebrities like Blake Lively. Kendra Scott is known for her use of gemstones and natural materials, chunky chic and femininity.

Her brand has recently become a well-known icon in the industry. KS branched out a while back with her  gemstone-inspired nail polish collection.

The Texas-based company has an Austin-based lifestyle brand, ever growing. It has been growing its widening home collection. The recently-released candle collection is gemstone-inspired and seen as a natural extension of the artist’s passion for natural gemstone – and all the emotions and moods affected by the stones themselves.

The Kendra Scott brand’s values are: fashion, family and philanthropy. Presently, the brand is carried in quality retailers like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomindale’s and Selfridge’s. It also available in over 600 boutique establishments from coast to coast. Kendra Scott is well-known for its myriad high-quality and naturally beautiful accessories.

The last  year was spent developing four home fragrances. The candles are said to smell as good as they look: Brooklyn Decker, of Grace and Frankie fame, fawned over the candles on Instagram, writing, “They’re so yummy!”

The candles are made from pure soy wax and come in very distinctive-looking packaging. The package has a jewel color effect ad a marbled stone design. The candles burn between 30 hours and 60 hours, depending on the candle you choose. These candles make the perfect gift, sure to impress: they are already gift-wrapped!

THE FOUR FRAGRANCES

The fragrances were of utmost importance to the artist. Each is named for a namesake gemstone, which inspires the scents of the candle. Scott states the collection, “gives customers the opportunity to find a scent that warms their homes and matches their every mood. ”

Kendra Scott partnered with fragrance industry expert Ann Gottlieb, who is known for her work with brands like Marc Jacobs when designing their scents.

  • KS SIGNATURE  – this candle is made from crushed leaves, lily of the valley, and blond woods. This candle is said to evoke associations with ‘warm sunshine and eternal optimism’.
  • MALACHITE – described by the designer as a sultry, woodsy scent made from green ivy, with tones of frankincense and warm amber. The designer thinks this scent is perfect for the dining or living room. It  lends a deep, woodsy atmosphere to the environment.
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  • ROSE QUARTZ – is defined as light and flighty – it is made from wild peonies, rose petals, vanilla and raspberry. It sounds great for a romantic bubble bath.

AMETHYST – this candle is made from blackberry, lilac blossom and sandalwood. This promotes feelings of balance and relaxation. The scent is uplifting.  This scented candle is perfect for the bedroom nightstand.

These definitely are designer-quality candles. The fragrances are delightful and non-intrusive. The artist was interested in creating quality candles that stay true to her love of gemstones, with all the emotions and moods affected by them.

Both Scott and Gottlieb were passionate about the sense of smell and  its effect on our minds and emotions. If you haven’t already, read my blog about Aromatherapy and it’s effect on us as humans.

Gottlieb said, “The sense of smell is the only sense directly connected to our brains’ center for memory and emotion…These scents represent the multitude of memories, feelings and sensations gemstones inherently arouse.”

These candles are pricey. I think if you can afford them, they are well worth the expense.  The designer and co-creator, Kendra  Scott said, “When it comes to personal style, what you place in your home is as important as what you wear.”

The candles, as mentioned previously, are very attractively-packaged and presented in glass containers. Each candle comes with a decorative, filigreed metal lid. When the candle is done, the lid becomes a drink coaster!

The candles burn time is 30 hours for the 3 oz. votive. It costs $25. Candles are also available in 8 oz. tumbler sizes. These burn for 60 hours and cost $65.  Also available is a set of 3 votive candles for $70.

IN CONCLUSION

These are high-quality, designer candles. Shoppers interested  in these candles are less concerned with price than with quality and presentation.

These  are fine additions to the designer’s other collections of jewels and other accessories. Attention has been paid to the details of these candles and are sure not to disappoint. I’ll leave you with Kendra Scott’s own words, “With the new candle collection, you can choose a mood unique to any room and moment”.


 

 

A COMPARISON OF NATURAL CANDLE LIGHT TO THE “FLAMELESS” CANDLE

 

SOME PEOPLE ARE AFRAID OF FIRE!

Let’s face it: there are certain people who would rather not have an open flame, however small and contained, in their presence. And, you might as well know, up front, this post is written  by someone who is partial to genuine candlelight. If you are that kind of person, I’m sure you will find these attractive!

If you would rather be safe than sorry…to each his own. You might want to investigate here:


I believe the start of my life-long interest in candles began due to growing up with a mom  who had her own passion: a clean house. I remember growing up with mom, who would grimace at some dust on a surface  and wash the floor after every meal.  I was always thankful for mom’s clean house, but sometimes I believe she went too far…

My mom liked candles as decoration – as long as they weren’t lit! She would rather see a pristine, white wick as opposed to a warm, glowing candle flame. To each his own.  I’ve always felt the danger of fire from candlelight does NOT have to keep us from enjoying candlelight. All one needs to do is choose a proper, safe candle holder for the candle you choose to enjoy.

Once you choose a candle holder, the location  one chooses for the candle and holder is of utmost importance. A location with nothing directly above it is crucial to the safety of the candle. Nothing means NO THING. Never use candles near plants, ceilings or even fabric near to a lighted flame. It is also important that the location you choose be free from strong drafts and wind!

Another way to feel safe about benefitting from a natural flame is to employ what’s known as a “hurricane candle holder”.

Hurricane candles  and hurricane candle holders are a very simple concept: a small candle is placed inside a holder that can be made out of glass, wood, metal or even more wax ( a wax with a much higher melting point than that of the lit candle). In this way, the flame is protected from wind and any object within proximity.

These hurricane candle holders are only one way to protect a lit candle from causing any damage. Candle holders abound that protect the flame while allowing people to benefit from the flame.


But I should mention the flameless candle, since I named the article with this term. Honestly, I cannot see the connection between a cold, plastic , battery-driven contraption  and  a real candle flame. The people that invented these consumables obviously were not focused on helping their customers.

I cannot understand why ANYONE  would choose an artificial light that looks like a candle and think it works just as well as the real thing. Flameless candles offer no warmth, no dynamic beauty of a real, lit candle flame. There is no connection to chemistry happening when one lights flameless “candles.”However, I believe in a person’ right to their own opinion and I respect everyone’s choices.

The entire candle itself holds an attraction to me. It isn’t just the mood the candle creates. The flame, so symbolic to humans, is hypnotic to me. To have a flame to gaze upon is one of the most pleasant things for me to do to de-stress. It’s quick. It’s beautiful, it’s alive with a  primordial draw to it that I just cannot resist.

The candle flame can be used as the focus of meditation, regulated breathing, and relaxation.  So much the better if the candle is scented, because we all know how effective aromatherapy is for relaxing and even inducing sleep, if you use lavender!

To me, there really is no comparison between the new, “flameless” candle and the real thing. I don’t understand the thinking behind wanting something that looks like a candle but has none of the benefits of the real thing. Why not choose another, natural style of decorating with mood lighting, if that is what you seek.

However, as you make your choice, please realize there is no reason to avoid the natural choice, I reiterate the fact that there are myriad ways of protecting the flame while displaying the beauty of a natural candle.

And, I believe the effect is increased by lighting more than one candle at  the same time in the same room. Many years ago, I saw a photo of Heather Locklear, the actress, in her  home’s huge bathtub. It was surrounded by many candles, all lit, creating a mellow glow for the star’s bubbles. The photo was supposed to prove that Locklear had solved all her behavior problems due to a  new  psychiatrist she had taken as the current answer to all her prayers.

I never forgot the picture, due to the beauty of the scene and the glorious glow that emitted from all the candles! Surely, that stood in my mind of the embodiment of stress-free happiness.

Imagine how the effect would have been changed with the use of the new “flameless” candles, had they been available at that point in time. I KNOW the photo couldn’t have had the same effect on me.

IN SUMMARY

I’m sure it’s obvious from this post that I am of the mind that the new, “flameless” candles are a misnomer. It isn’t “flameless”, it isn’t even a candle, technically. Candles have wicks. A flameless “candle” is a cold, plastic representation of something that has been with humanity since its inception, almost. Well, at least since the invention of fire!

If you love the low-lighting  of  environments, I urge you to research the incorporation of natural candle light into your homes and landscaping. I believe it lends an air of mystery, beauty and relaxation that is hard to achieve by other, unnatural means of lighting.

In closing, let me refer you to my post about the use of candles  throughout history. It may explain some of the attractiveness and benefits of employing candlelight in your life.

 

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THE PASCHAL CANDLE AND THE CATHOLIC CHURCH



THE PASCHAL CANDLE AND TRANSFER – THE HOLIEST OF CANDLES

For most of my childhood, I went to Catholic school. I vividly remember parts of the religion taught to me. Some dogma still remains with me today. I have fond memories of the nuns who taught me and the religion books we would study. There wasn’t much discussion of the Bible, except for church on Sunday when the priest would discuss portions of the testament.

I DO recall the months of May being devoted to the Virgin Mary. June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We had to attend Mass each day before school during these months, as well as Mass on Sunday. I do have fond memories of me and my mom being together during these mornings. I remember one good part was after church, before school, mom and I would have to stop for breakfast at the local luncheonette. It was decades ago. Family memories are so precious! Are you looking to create religious traditions for your family members and memories in you later years? Then you will be interested to read on!

One really special symbol of Christ and the liturgical year in our lives is the Paschal Candle. Pictured above and below in its Christmas representation, the candle is the holiest candle in the Church.

The candle represents Jesus Christ as the Light of the World. These holy candles are made from 100% beeswax – the purest beeswax is used to make this symbol of the immaculate Christ – who was produced by Immaculate Conception.

The wick signifies his humanity, which is consumed by the flame, which symbolizes His Divine Nature. The candle, usually grand in size, anywhere from 2 or 3 inch diameter to God knows how large they can be in the Church!

The Paschal Candle is decorated with symbols of the Catholic religion. For example, the candle is adorned with the symbols of the Greek Letters for first and last (Alpha and Omega), because God is the beginning and the end. Other symbols are constantly seen, from a chalice, grapes and wheat ( symbolizing the Eucharist), to a lamb or other presence of Christ, our spiritual strength.

Have you ever heard of the “Liturgical Year”? There are 5 parts to the Liturgical year, if I remember correctly: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and the ordinary days – not including the months of May and June, for they were NOT ordinary days. However, I DO NOT remember if the Pascal Candle was lit in my parish in those special masses during May and June, back in New York City in the last century.

The Paschal Candle has its beginning each year during the Easter Vigil Service on Holy Saturday evening. In the service, the Paschal candle is lit from a new, holy fire, blessed by the priest. The tall, white, large candle is then placed in a special stand, called the transfer.

It now serves as a symbol of the Resurrection. The priest will add five grains of incense, to represent the five aromatic spices that were used to prepare Christ’s body for the tomb. They also symbolize the five wounds that Christ’s body suffered: hands, feet and side. These wounds remained after the Resurrection.

The candle is lit during the entire Easter season, since its initial lighting on Holy Saturday. It is used for Liturgical services during this season. When Pentecost is over, it is placed next to the Baptismal Font.

The candle will be lit during all Baptisms, signifying the passing of the light to the person being baptized. The candle can also be used at funeral mass. It is a reminder that the Sacrament of Baptism is meant as a death and spiritual resurrection in Christ. It is a testament to the Christian belief in the resurrection of the dead and everlasting happiness with Christ in Heaven.

The Paschal candle is also lit during Advent and Christmas time, of course. Jesus is the light of the world ! Candles will be burned for his birthday, too. I will be blogging more about candle use in the future so be sure to come back regularly for more blogs and wax and wicks.

I mentioned earlier an interest for the faithful family spiritual leader looking for religious traditions. A scaled-down version of the Paschal candle in various household sizes is available. It can make a delightful centerpiece. The creation of this centerpiece can be a simple business; as simple as placing a large, wide, white pillar candle in a safe holder ( shop now if you need to ) and add flowers. More about creating family traditions later. Let’s examine how Constantine created an Easter mandate for candles.

As mentioned in my blog, “A Brief History of Candles”, Emperor Constantine, in the 4th Century, is said to have transformed the dark of night into that rivaling daylight in the first mandated Easter ceremony to include candles. He is responsible for placing huge pillars of wax in places throughout the small town and church.

By the middle of the 10th Century, the Paschal Candle stood in a place of honor near the Gospel. And, by the 16th Century the candles are said to have weighed over 300 pounds each. After use, they were melted down for use at the funeral services of the poor.

The word, Paschal, comes from the Greek word meaning, “to pass over”. This comes from the Old Testament, specifically the night the Israelites fled Egypt for the Promised Land. The same night God struck down the houses of the Egyptians but passed over the houses of the Israelites, sparing them and their families.

With the rise of Christianity, the word was changed to symbolize the Lord’s death, resurrection and glorification. “Christ is our Light” is the prayer the priest utters at the initial lighting of the Paschal Candle. He is our light for hope, salvation and resurrection.

God’s goodness and warmth reach down to us through the flame of the candle. We follow the Paschal Candle’s light, which symbolizes the Christian way of following Christ and His teaching to inspire our own lives. Fire is a form of transformation. The flame burns up evil and helps us through life’s troubles and stresses.


If you want to honor Christ and His teaching in your homes this Easter, the purchase and use of a Paschal Candle could be the cornerstone of your Easter tradition. Remember, flowers also symbolize resurrection, for they emerge from the frozen earth each spring with the promise of new hope and happiness.

IN SUMMARY

The Paschal Candle is a very important symbol in the lives of the Church and its following. It symbolizes God’s purity and sin-free nature, besides celebrating Christ’s resurrection after death.

The candle represents Jesus Christ as the Light of the World. The wick symbolizes His humanity, while the flame signifies His powers of resurrection after death.

Those wishing to honor the life of Christ in their homes may investigate the use of a Paschal Candle in establishing their own family’s ceremonies or practices. God Bless You!

I am very interested in hearing comments or criticisms of my blog and/or website. Be sure to leave a comment, I will be happy to respond. There are links at the bottom should you choose to shop for religious supplies.

AROMATHERAPY, THE SCIENCE OF RELAXATION

AROMA THERAPY AND THE HUMAN BRAIN

Did you know that, as humans, we are biologically hard-wired to react to different scents? It’s true. It’s due to the fact that the olifactory bulbs in our noses are connected to our brain by the limbic system. Scents connect to the parts of the brain, like the amygdala and the hippocampus. These parts of the brain create associative learning (amygdala) and control our emotional responses (hippocampus), along with our memory.

Did you know that we are unable to stop this reaction to scents? It cannot be turned off! This accounts for several facts: aromatherapy candles DO help us control our mental well-being. We cannot stop the fact that certain odors have certain effects on people. These effects can be both positive and negative. This article will be a guide for which scents to use to produce certain physiological responses.

So, there is a biological reason why we all feel nauseous at the “rotten egg” odor of Sulphur or the smell of dirty socks. Scientists have identified scents and done research (mostly at the request of brick-and-mortar retail establishments who employ aromatherapy to communicate with customers) on how certain smells make people react.

I was so intrigued by the above facts I decided to investigate the science of aromatherapy.

www.pretty52.com/awesome/home-salted-caramel-yankee-candles-are-like-heaven-in-a-jar-2018041275% OF ALL EMOTIONS ARE GENERATED BY SMELL!

The authors of the study that I consulted (cited below), went on to state that specific states of mind ARE affected to cause changes in people’s thinking, memory and behavior. Scents can effect your heart rate and risk of stroke!

Human brains are affected by aroma. Cognitive performance is positively correlated with the scents of peppermint and cinnamon. This is scientific proof that aromatherapy increases things like your level of happiness or well-being and mood. Odors can even lower your fatigue and stress levels.

We are 100% more likely to remember something that we smelled compared to something that we’ve heard, touched or seen! This is how much our sense of smell determines our mood or predisposition. Mind sets like happiness and disgust are produced by scents; people can feel energized and refreshed, even stimulated by certain odors.

It should come as no surprise, then to realize the scents of nature, both pleasant and disgusting, will affect our moods.

6 MIND SETS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY ODORS

Research shows that there are six major categories of scents that have an effect on our minds:

Pleasant – Our minds feel emotions well-being, happiness – those that associate with awe and ecstacy.

Unpleasant – We react to these odors by feeling irritation or dissatisfaction, combined with possible anger and disgust.

Sensuality – Humans react with emotions of romance, desire, sensual pleasure; it’s almost like being in love.

Relaxation – Soothing effects are produced by certain odors: our minds are influenced to feel soothing effects on our moods; meditative-like feelings, serenity, calm and feeling “light”.

Refreshment – We react with moods of stimulation, purification, and also experience physiological reactions, like shivering.

Sensory Pleasure – This seems to be event-related pleasurable memories, exhibited by the following statement, “It smells just like Grandma’s kitchen in here”!

AROMAS DO AMAZING THINGS TO YOUR BODY AND MIND

Below is a short list of natural smells and their effects on human mood,
in no particular order:

VANILLA
creates elevated levels of happiness and generally heightens your emotions

 

PUMPKIN is an aphrodisiac! It could be a good scent for attraction of the male of the species. 40% of male subjects in a study responded positively to the combination of pumpkin and lavender ( discussed below ).

PEPPERMINT

increases cognitive stimuli. It invigorates our brain. This scent even tricks our brain into thinking our stuffed nasal passages are somehow improved.

JASMINE

increases alertness and relieves depressive thoughts. It is stimulating.

APPLE

is a natural remedy for migranes. Headache symptoms are reduced along with symptom duration. This scent helps control anxiety.

 

 

LAVENDER treates insomnia and depression. Its’ use is becoming a trend in rehabilitative and nursing home settings.

Sunrise over blooming fields of lavender on the Valensole plateau in the Provence in southern France.

 

CINNAMON
sharpens our minds. Cognitive responses are heightened.

PINE
relieves stress. In Japan, studies have been done that prove walks in pine forests lower depressive and stressful feelings. A good reason to keep the Christmas tree longer!

FRESH CUT GRASS
boosts relaxed and happy emotions. It is proven to prevent mental decline as one ages.

CITRUS      Invigorates and refreshes mind and body. 

WOOD
evokes many emotions – well-being and security.

Think of you favorite scents. Aromatherapy candles are found in unbelievable varieties and combinations. They are proven to have these effects on human brains. Their use is beneficial to our mental state. We know these facts are true. Why? because scientific research abounds which relates to odor and the affects it has on people’s reactions. To discover how, keep reading…

SNEAKY FEELINGS

Years ago, brick-and-mortar retail establishments discovered the use of scents to produce more cents in their bottom lines. Much research has been done on aroma and its effects on customers.

Manipulating customers by use of scent marketing is big money. The scent marketing industry is a $100 million now. It will reach one billion dollars in the future.

SCENT CANNOT BE TURNED OFF

And, it creates immediate, emotional responses. Thus, scents are used to silently communicate with captive customers. New car dealerships are known to use the smell of “new car leather” to influence consumers in showrooms.
In addition, the smell of fresh baked goods are often used in real estate when a home is shown to prospective buyers. This list could go on, but I’m sure you’re beginning to understand.

With scent, the brain responds before one thinks – we are wired this way. With all other senses, people will think first and react later. Wow! I wondered about how ethical it is to use people’s reactions, unwittingly, to improve their profits. I guess these retailers are not mired in the morality of the thing: if a certain scent is proven to make shoppers feel more relaxed in your stores so they browse longer and spend more, it will be employed.

IN CONCLUSION

Using aroma therapy is scientifically proven to help elevate your mood. Our brains respond to scents automatically, before we have a chance to think about it. Scientific research proves that brains respond to certain odors by evoking emotions and memory to induce people’s feelings. Brick and mortar retail stores employ methods of using odors to silently affect your behavior while in their places of business.red hat woman angry

This indicates that aroma therapy with healthy candles will help what ails you – whether it’s insomnia, stress or well-being and happiness, aromatherapy will have an affect on your reactions.

Isn’t it better for your health to stay at home, learn and shop online and create the mood you choose for your environment? I hope all readers benefit from the information I have provided here. I have researched this, so you don’t have to.

I would enjoy hearing any comments or questions about this blog. Be sure to stop by regularly, as I intend to keep adding information and buying opportunities as time goes by.

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Bibliography/Citation

Bradford, Kevin D. nd Desrochers, Debra M. (January 2009)The Use of Scents to Make Cents. https://eprints.mx.ac.uk

YANKEE CANDLE COMPANY – AN AMERICAN SUCCESS STORY


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THE BEGINNING


My first experience with Yankee Candles came in the early 1990s. After the 1991-2 holiday season, I went to visit a friend. As we sat down, my friend lit a beautiful orange colored candle in a large glass jar. After a few minutes of conversation, I remarked about the heady fragrance coming from the candle. My friend agreed that he was enjoying the scent as well. He remarked about how he recently received the candle from his younger sister for Christmas. His sister lived in a town hours away; they had just had their annual visit. I remember my friend saying that candle was the best gift he had been given that season. Then, he smiled broadly as he remembered some half-forgotten memory he shared with his sister.

Since that time I’ve become more familiar with Yankee Candles – hasn’t everybody? It has come to be my preferred brand of candle. And, I am NOT alone: The Yankee Candle brand is the most popular brand of scented candle in the world.

I decided to investigate the creation of this brand. Wow, the story has all the elements of the American Dream! And, it all began with a teenager who wanted to give his mom a Christmas present.

In December of 1969, a sixteen year old boy named Mike Kitteridge realized it was practically Christmas Eve and he was without a present for his mom. Unfortunately, he was also without money. Mike thought creatively as he looked around his mom’s kitchen. He spotted an empty milk carton and remembered saving some old, used crayons from his childhood. Suddenly, he came up with an idea to melt the old crayons and pour them into the milk carton. For the wick, he used a household candle and crushed up the wax slightly. He placed this candle in the center of the milk carton and voila – he had an original, good-looking present for his mom.

I guess his mom never lit the creation, because Mike was able to sell it to a visiting neighbor for $1.36. Like a true entrepreneur, he reinvested his money and was able to purchase a slab of real candle paraffin wax and create two more candles: the first for his mom, the second one for sale.

He continued on this way, but the demand for the candles suddenly appeared. Relatives, friends, and neighbors loved and bought the candles. Word of mouth spread through he town where he lived in Massachusettes. The business of candle-making had begun to take over the garage and then the basement of his parents’ home. Mike put a lot of work into his business.

IN 1973, MIke’s candle business was so popular, he decided to move production to an old paper mill site . The site in Holyoke had a building with three floors. It was enough to house Yankee Candle for the time being. Mike worked alone for the first year. He worried that the location in Holyoke was too remote from town to be very profitable. He needn’t have worried: he was able to hire help and continued growing his brand.

In retrospect, he must have put everything he had into his business, financially and emotionally. Mike spent most of these days developing scents and producing better quality candles in the morning. Then, by afternoon, he changed his clothes and ventured out to market his products to gift shops and small stores. Evenings would find him wrapping candles and preparing them for the next day’s deliveries.

During its time in Holyoke, he and his first investors devised a “heated room”. This development made it possible to buy larger, cheaper wax deliveries and store them until they were needed for production.
In addition, a co-worker devised a turntable taper wheel, which doubled the production of candles daily. At the same time, the device dramatically slashed the cost of production by reducing the amount of labor necessary to run it.

by 1982, Yankee Candle Company had 30 employees and had completely outgrown the old paper mill location. While sales of his candles continued to boom, Mike decided to move the business to its own, specially-built 1,600 square foot facility/store, complete with a 10 space parking lot in front. It wasn’t long before the parking lot became too small for all the customers’ vehicles.

Always growing, the company began to add other retail locations in his area. Everyone was in love with The Yankee Candle brand. Many opinions believe the reasons for the brand’s continued success is the creator’s passion for using only the highest-quality fragrance ingredients. As improvements were made and the business expanded, Mike always had the reputation of his brand at the forefront of his mind. He handed down his long-standing methods of candle production to employees throughout the development, production and marketing cycles of his products.

Mike’s passion became his legacy. His creation of and devotion to the Yankee Candle Company resulted in his selling it, in 1998, for $500,000. That’s a half a billion dollars!

IN CONCLUSION

The Yankee Candle Company was started by a teenager in 1969 in his mom’s kitchen. His commitment to quality and dedication to hard work is responsible for the creation of one of the world’s most beloved brand of scented candles. Forty years later, Yankee Candles come in over 150 fragrances (some offered only at special times of the year). Retail outlets total over 500 all over the world. Today, the Yankee Candle brand still is known for high-quality scented candles all over the world. The brand is now owned by Newell Brands, but is still producing extremely popular scented candles and wax.

I love this story because it proves the best way to help yourself is to help someone else. Mike deeply cared about his products and customers. This fact showed in how careful he was with his products and how deep his beliefs about the quality really were. He remained true to his vision and continued to work hard. Finally, his fortune was made – the stuff of American Dreams.

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FACTS ABOUT WAX

WHAT IS WAX?

 

As previously stated, I have always been interested in candles. I’ve helped friends make candles, but have always wondered about wax and the best type for candle use.  I grew up with mostly paraffin candles, as most of us do.

Recently, I have been hearing about natural ingredients for candles. I looked into it.

CANDLE WAXES

Throughout history, wax has been made with all kinds of fats and oils taken from animals, plants, insects and rocks. The National Candle Association taught me that waxes are defined as materials that:

  • are solid at room temperature, but at higher temperatures, they will liquefy.
  • primarily hydro-based carbon, structurally.
  • are NOT soluble  in water – they are water-repellent.
  • have a smooth texture – slight pressure is needed to buff it.
  • have low toxicity ( toxins are poisonous).
  • emit low odor.

Waxes are used for many things. For example, wax is used not only in  candles, but also:

  1. packaging
  2. food
  3. cosmetics
  4. polishes
  5. crayons
  6. inks
  7. adhesives
  8. chewing gum

Different kinds of waxes burn at different temperatures: thus, all kinds of wax can be used in making candles. Some other kinds of wax are so flame-resistant that they are used in packaging of delicate electronic instruments. Most waxes for candles have a very low melting temperature.

 

Some wax that has a high liquefying temperature is used to coat the outside of Hurricane Candles. Hurricane candles are made of wax, but not all of the wax is the same. The wax near to the wick will be the type of wax that has a much lower melting point than the wax that’s used to coat the hurricane candle. The hurricane candle is not burned. It is used to protect a smaller, much lighter in weight candle than the hurricane candle holder. These candle holdlers are meant to protect the smaller candle burning inside from wind and weather.

WHY A YELLOW FLAME?

The flame of a candle will always burn yellow. Do you know why? It’s the carbon burning that makes it yellow. You chemists will probably understand this better than we do. But, it is true. The flame is yellow and it’s from carbon burning.

The paradox of paraffin. 

I grew up around paraffin candles. However, sometimes paraffin wax is looked down upon by candle purists. It seems paraffin is a petroleum-based product. Some people think using these products is bad for the environment. These candle fans prefer to use an organic based wax, usually from soy, coconut, vegetable or hemp oil and, of course, beeswax. Soy and beeswax candles burn slightly longer than paraffin based candles. They burn cleaner and do not produce smoke, while giving off a good illumination.

The literature implies that paraffin candles are not popular with people in the U.S.  but are still available in cheaper versions, like those at dollar stores and discount houses.

Remember, there is no “best” wax for candle use.   No wax has ever been proven to be toxic.

The consumer or maker gets to decide that for themselves these days. All high quality candle wax today is usually organic, and all quality made waxes have been proven to burn safely and in the same way. So, choose your candle ingredients to your hearts’ desire.

I once heard some people were worried about the amount of soot given off by the wick. For those concerned with this, know that soot-free wax doesn’t exist. Even organic compounds emit carbon when burned.  How much soot you  produce depends on the wick length and amount of flame disturbance.

 

 

PARAFFIN IS OKAY, AFTER ALL

You don’t need to spend a lot of money and fancy products to enjoy candle light. For most people’s tastes and checkbooks, paraffin wax candles are the perfect choice for use in the home. Whether or not the wax drips when it melts depends on how big the wick is – combined with the type of wax used to make the candle. Wax that burns at lower temperatures, combined with too big (or the incorrect type of wick ) could cause some candles to drip. EVERY candle will drip, if placed in a horizontal holder.

Did You Know?

  • 1,000,000,000 pounds (billion) of wax is used, each year, to supply the demand for candles in the United States?  it’s true!
  • 9 out of 10 candle users say they use candles to make any environment feel “cozy”!

    Aromatherapy, home décor and creation of a stress-free, relaxation-inducing environment are the 3 main reasons people use candles, even on stay-at-home  evenings.


    There is a wax for every need or intention. Candles can be made and used for many reasons.

    1. floating candles
    2. jar/container candle wax
    3. utility candle wax
    4. liturgical candle wax
    5. novelty candle wax
    6. birthday candle wax
    7. scented candle wax

    IN CONCLUSION

     

    Wax has been used to make candles for centuries. Different cultures in various geographical locations used naturally-occurring waxy-like plant animal, insect and other materials found in their regions to produce wax for candle-making.

    Over these centuries, but mainly since the 1800s, waxes have been developed from many sources. Waxes have different melting temperatures and are used for everything from candles to food.

    Waxes come in a variety of colors, also. I researched a wax that is transparent, allowing the candle-designer to incorporate flowers or other substances in the wax.

    Candle wax is available for every use, taste and budget. Wax can be put in anything from a jar or glass to set in Hurricane Candles, whose outside, although made of wax, is not meant to burn. It is meant as a shelter for a smaller, lighter-weight candle which is placed inside it.

    Candle wax can also be scented. Scented wax is conducive to use in candles or burners for the creation of a relaxation-producing, stress-free environment.

    For more information on wax development please refer to “A Brief History of the Candle” on this website.

    This country uses a billion pounds of wax, annually, to supply our need for candles. Wax is used for many purposes and comes in  many varieties.

    This site is constantly under construction Please feel free to comment and check back often for any, more recent posts and replies to your comments.

  • THE HEALTHIEST CANDLES TO USE


    SOY AND BEESWAX

     

    Many people enjoy candlelight, but are conscious of the environment. Some people have a sensitivity or allergic reaction when the materials that make up the candle are not pure and safe. Thankfully, we know a lot about what ingredients to use and which to avoid when choosing candles.

    If you have already read my Brief History of Candles, much has been learned about what to use to make the best candle. Like most things these days, people are happier to simplify and use natural ingredients. We are grateful to the discoveries and improvement leading us to the ease of benefiting from candles in these modern times.

    Burning candles will make you feel more relaxed; they might even lower your blood pressure. They certainly help me in many ways, including helping to sleep easier and meditate for mental health. Read on to learn the most pure and beneficial way to “healthily” burn candles without worry.
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    Don’t forget, the candle holder you choose to burn your candles in is a very important part of getting the most part out of your candle enjoyment. I intend to show ways of decorating and setting moods with the use of candles. Check back often to see how the site progresses. I’m always happy to hear from others in the online community. Feel free to communicate with me via the comments section.

    AVOID PETROLEUM-BASED PARAFFIN WAX AND LEAD WICKS

    We are all aware of the pollution quotient when using petroleum-based ANYTHING. So, if you are looking out for the people you love or the environment, never burn paraffin wax candles. They are toxic and burning them produces petro-carbon soot – something we all want to stay away from. We always want to stay away from thick, black, heavy smoke and lots of left-over wax that doesn’t disappear. Candles that burn like this are not good for us or the ones we love.

     

    BETTER INGREDIENTS FOR HEALTHIER BURNING

    The best candle wax ingredients are made from natural plants and insects, like 100% beeswax, hemp oil, or soy wax. Sometimes, these natural, clean-burning ingredients can be combined when making your own candles. There is as wonderful selection of soy candle kits online, if you are the “do it yourself” kind of person.

    Wicks are an important part of a healthy candle. In the past, lead-based wicks were used in mass-produced candles. They are outlawed in the U.S., but still can be found in cheap, dollar-store candles – we should avoid lead-based wicks because burning them produces carcinogens, toxins and polluting petro-carbon soot. Wicks should be made of cotton or hemp, which burns with no residue.

     

    HERE’S HOW TO TELL IF THE WICK CONTAINS LEAD!

    The easiest way to identify lead-free wicks is by the use of the label on the candle, if there is one The label will proudly proclaim the candle “lead-free”. However, with any candles you have laying around, look at the wick: do you see a metal shine under the cotton. If you do, that means lead is in use in the wick. Throw these out. They’re poison. Remember the carcinogenic properties of petro-carbon soot!

    To test unburned candles, rub the edge of the wick on a sheet of paper. If it leaves a gray, pencil-like mark, there is lead in the wick. Toss it out!

    Beware of cheap candles from overseas; they are most likely to contain lead wicks. There are plenty of pure, healthy candles on the internet, with wicks that leave no residue.

    Sites abound for the purchase of ready-to-use,   ‘healthy’ candles, available in both scented and unscented varieties. I love to burn my soy candles in my bathroom and bedroom.

    THE HEALTHIEST CANDLE TO USE

    I love using  wall sconces in metal to decorate my walls and illuminate my home in a low-lit, relaxation-producing environment. I use mainly wrought iron wall sconces on my largest wall. The holders that are decorative and hold more than one candle are my favorites.

    These candle sconces are available at Etsy, Amazon, and countless other outlets online. I will provide my favorites as time goes on. Mrs. Meyers is another source of finely made candles. Some others are available here:

     

     

    TO MAKE OR PURCHASE READY-MADE CANDLES??

    There are so many candles available, it really is up to you to choose how much you want to be involved with your candles. There are other considerations, of course, like how much space do you have available and how much time you are looking to spend, before enjoying all the benefits of lots of candlelight.

    Making your own candles can be pretty easy. Online availability of soy candle making kits make it simple to begin this as a new hobby. Craft-making skills can always be incorporated into using candles, so what better way to personalize gifts or products with candles of your own making. Kits for making soy votive candles are available, too. Scents are an option, too.

    As someone who has put time in candle-making back in the 1990s, things have really gotten easier with the availability of the kits. Now I would rather spend my time buying soy candles and enjoying the light from holders that burn several candles at one time. Wooden candle holders and sconces are a great way to have a rustic attitude inside or outside while enjoying more than one candle.

    There are so many choices for candle holders made of metal, bronze, even glass. With the links I plan to design in here, it’s a breeze to shop and get decorating ideas. Here are a few of my favorites: