How to Enhance Christmas Décor with Scented Candles?
Christmas is such an enjoyable and atmospheric time of the year. When the nights are longer and the weather outside feels colder, we all want to cosy up and relax on the couch in comfortable splendour. Lounging with a throw wrapped around you as you enjoy a glass of your favourite wine and some seasonal snacks are some of the things that make the Christmas holidays something to look forward to all year.
We festoon our homes and the Christmas tree with sparkly tinsel and twinkling lights, creating an almost magical scene in our living rooms at this time of the year. As we trim our trees, it can be hard to imagine how Christmas trees were decorated in times gone by, when Christmas lights weren’t available. Some of the earliest trees brought in for Christmas were decorated with real candles clipped onto the branches! Nowadays we use safe electric lights and keep the scented candles to add subtle pools of light in our rooms as a décor accent, rather than as a necessity.
Most of us like to light some candles in celebration of Christmas – it’s a traditional way of adding a glorious glow to the room. One of the nicest ways to enjoy candlelight in the home is with scented candles. Scented candles don’t just light up your surroundings, they do double duty as they also release perfume into the air, making the whole room smell wonderful.
Points to Consider Before Buying Scented Candles
When it comes to buying scented candles, there are a few tips you should follow so that you can be sure to get the most out of your purchase.
- Soy wax candles may seem pricey at first, but they really do represent the best value for money when it comes to adding some candlelight to your décor. Soy wax is derived from soybeans and is a natural, renewable material, unlike paraffin wax which is a refined petroleum product.
- Soy wax is not only eco-friendly and sustainable, but it’s also biodegradable and easy to clean with soap and water.
- Because soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax, it burns much slower and longer – this means that although you may pay a little more for soy wax candles, they will last up to 50% longer, delivering real value for money in the long term.
- The long, even burn feature of soy wax means that the aroma they impart into the air spreads throughout your home, adding a hint of fresh scent to all areas.
- Paraffin candles give off black smoke (petro-soot) as they burn, whereas soy wax candles produce zero petro-soot, making them a much cleaner option. This means that you can make sure that the air you breathe in your home is fresh and doesn’t contain any particles of soot, so soy is a healthier choice. As an added bonus, you won’t see any ugly, sooty marks on your walls or ceiling, meaning your décor stays fresh-looking at all times.
- The cleaner burn delivered by soy wax candles is ideal in homes where family members suffer from allergies. Soy wax doesn’t release any toxins, pollutants or carcinogens as it burns.
Most Popular Scented Candles Year Around
While Christmas is the traditional time of year to light candles, it’s a great idea to make the most of scented candles all year round. There are so many fabulous fragrances available nowadays that you can mix and match throughout the year.
- The winter months call for spicy, warm aromas, redolent baking, log fires and pine needles. Adding the right aromas to your rooms will enhance your enjoyment, allowing you to kick back and relax as each day draws to a close.
- Spring scents arrive as the days begin to get a little longer, fresh bursts of floral fragrances that make us all sit up and take notice. The sun’s beginning to shine, gentle rains water the land and an enigmatic waft of energising spring flowers is all it takes to cheer us up. The first floral hints of spring have us rushing towards summer with joy in our hearts.
- The long, lazy summer days call for more heady aromas as we enjoy the warm sunshine. Our gardens, parks and hedgerows are in full bloom and we can extend our enjoyment of this to our indoor spaces with traditional summer flower scents. Roses, old-fashioned violets, paeonies, summer fruits, which is your favourite summertime scent?
- As the autumn approaches, days begin to get a little colder and it’s time for the spicier scents to start making an appearance again. Cinnamon, spices, berries and autumn fruits all combine to let us know that once again, winter is on its way.
There are so many ways to enhance the ambience in your surroundings using scented candles which is why they come in such a huge selection of fragrances. The use of scented candles in aromatherapy demonstrates clearly that different aromas will have differing effects on us and can alter our moods.
Some candle perfumes are designed to promote relaxation and feelings of well-being; others are concocted with a view to delivering an invigorating blast of energy. We all know that candles are traditionally used to add a touch of romance, which is why a candlelit dinner is considered a romantic date.
The aroma from scented candles lingers in the air, ensuring that your home always smells warm and inviting when visitors arrive. As you step into your house each time you return, you’ll feel enveloped in the comforting scents that say “Welcome home”.
If you’ve never tried one of the luxury scented candles before; you should treat yourself to one. It’s a dreamy and natural way to freshen and perfume the air in your home. Make sure to choose a soy wax candle that comes with its own eco-friendly container as this is the cleanest and most efficient type of candle available – no messy wax to clean up.
With a plethora of aromas available when it comes to scented candles, one of the best ways to choose is to look for a candle online, read about the scents available and see which one tickles your fancy.