Floating candle and tealight candle decorations

Floating candle and tealight candle decorations

Candles have become the epitome of class and luxury. When it comes to floating candles and tealight candles, they are the most versatile type of candles, which can be used for enhancing the appearance and reflecting the décor theme of any space or occasion. Whether used as centerpieces or as accent décor, these candles create a fresh and modern look. Floaters and tealights can be used to create an elegant or rustic look depending on the type of glass containers used.

Nowadays, floaters and tealights are considered a nice addition to the table setting. These candles can create a cozy and pleasant atmosphere in every event.

 

   

 

Floating candles or floaters are very versatile decorative candles. They can be placed in any vessel that holds water. They come in different shapes and are designed to ensure they will remain stable as they burn rather than tipping or sinking and extinguishing themselves. Floating candles can be added to water features in your garden and around your home. Scattered across your swimming pool, they will create a beautiful effect. Just make sure your pool pump is turned off.

Floaters are very popular as a centerpiece at your dinner table or for your next event. Depending on the theme of your event you can use different décor elements such as flowers or a fern leaf, fruit, seashells or sequins.

Tealight candles or tealights are candles encased in a thin aluminum or plastic cup so that the candle can liquefy completely while lit. They are typically small, circular, and wider than their height. Because of their small size and low level of light, multiple tealights are often burned simultaneously.

Tealights can come in many different sizes, small and large, as well as burn times and scents. However, the most common tealight is 1.5 in by 0.63 in, with white unscented wax. A standard tealight candle typically has a burn time anywhere between 3-5 hours.

Elegant and romantic décor with white floating candles and tealight candles

According to professional designers, the most exquisite floaters and tealights are white, although there are many other shades. The ideal décor option for creating a chic atmosphere is the combination of these candles with transparent glass, as such an alliance is perfect for any color scheme of the table.

To achieve a romantic mood in the house, you can use small candlesticks in the form of flowers or vintage lanterns made of white-painted metal wire.

 

 

    

 

   

 

 

Décor with bright tealight candles

If you are seeking something bright, place tealight candles in colored glass candlesticks. The interesting fact is that the sophistication of the shape of the candlestick does not play any role: tealights will sparkle with new colors even in simple, hand-painted jars. This technique works great for creating color effects in a table setting - similar to other elements of the table.

If you choose to use colored tealight candles, the rules of good taste suggest a neutral tone for candlesticks. Another option is to use a colored tealight in a transparent candlestick, wrap the latter with a simple white cloth and tied it with a thin ribbon in the color of the candle.

For colored floating candles, get contrasting ones and place them in “layers” in a tall vase, and put flowers and acrylic pebbles at the bottom.

 

 

Tealight candles and floating candles with glasses

Placing floating candles in a glass is a well-known technique. But nowadays there is another trendy technique for tealights and glasses: the glass is turned upside down and acts as an elegant candlestick. How simple and brilliant that is! To get a more chic design, take the tealight out of the aluminum/plastic cup.

 

 

 

Tealight candles in one line

A spectacular solution, supposedly coming from Southeast Asia. Combine them with a long narrow boat tray or flower petals, it will look amazing.

 

 

 

How to decorate the Easter table

How to decorate the Easter table

Easter is hopping around the corner! This is one of those holidays that take you by surprise. There’s not a lot of time left and plenty of things to do so you might be tempted to overlook some of the details such as the Easter table. But you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of time preparing them. We have some great ideas for you to try this year.

 

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There are many ways you can incorporate the season's freshest flowers and brilliant colors into last-minute decorations.  Easter colorful decorations will make this day even brighter and more joyful. By choosing the perfect décor for a feast, you can create a special mood.

Easter Tablecloth

If you usually don't cover tables with tablecloths, it's worth making an exception for Easter. The traditional décor of the Easter table “requires” a tablecloth in white or delicate pastel colors - light green, blue, and pink. Whereas, a tablecloth with typical Easter patterns such as eggs, chickens, and rabbits will be even better. You can also use a table runner for your tablescape: this option will look especially good on a wooden table.

 

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Easter Napkins

As a beautiful tablescape for Easter, it is best to use textile napkins that match the tone of your tablecloth or table runner. But instead of just stacking them next to cutlery, get creative. Napkins can be beautifully tied with colored ribbons or inserted into bunny napkin rings. Another interesting option for Easter tablescape is to fold napkins into a figure, for example, in the form of bunny ears.

 

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Easter basket

A beautifully designed basket is the main decoration of the Easter table. Decorate the Easter basket with ribbons, an embroidered towel, fresh flowers and some cute bunnies.

 

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Easter Candles

Candles are essential for creating a cozy homely atmosphere, so you should definitely put them on the festive table. Here are some cool Easter ideas:

Candle eggs. Poke a small hole on the top of a raw egg, discard the contents and rinse a little with clean water. After that, pour melted wax into the shell. When it completely hardens (within 40-60 minutes), carefully peel the wax egg from the shell.

Candles in shells. You can beautifully decorate the table for Easter by inserting tealight candles into multi-colored eggshells. To keep them from falling, use candlesticks or homemade nests. You can also purchase ready-made candles of any shape and color.

 

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Easter figurines

What's the easiest way to decorate an Easter table? Use the proven method and arrange a few themed figurines. The Easter spirit is best conveyed by rabbit figurines. Other figurine options are hens and chickens, angels, and beautifully painted eggs.

 

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Easter nests

Everything related to chickens and birds, in general, looks very good for the Easter tablescape, as it is directly associated with the main symbol of the holiday - eggs. Therefore, decorative nests on the table for Easter help to create the right mood. You can buy ready-made ones or make them yourself, decorating them with feathers, straw, dried flowers or fresh flowers. You can put eggs or small gifts for guests in the nests.

 

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Easter Tableware

Pay attention to the dishes you are planning to put on the table for the Easter dinner. The entire décor of the house and the table in one style looks noble and beautiful. To create a solemn atmosphere, purchase not only plates, but also various accessories such as coasters, napkin holders, sets for spices, etc. If desired, dishes with images of rabbits, flowers or chickens will make the Easter mood.

 

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Easter Flowers

Take advantage of the season’s colors and prepare a magnificent bouquet to decorate your home. A composition of fresh flowers can be put on a coffee table in the living room, next to the window in the kitchen, or on a mantel. The festive table can be decorated with several small bouquets. And don't forget the beautiful vase. To give the table a romantic touch, place the flowers in a basket, metal teapot or watering can. Mini-bouquets for guests can be arranged in paper bags and tied with bright ribbons.

 

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Easter colored eggs

There are many ways to serve Easter-colored eggs. An egg stand will look very original on the Easter table: The easiest option is to purchase dishes for serving eggs. Most often these plates have beautiful patterns, so it does not need additional décor. You can also use small nests or make small boxes or boats out of thick colored paper, and lay the eggs in them.

 

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Creative Ways to Decorate Summer Candles

Creative Ways to Decorate Summer Candles

Summer is the favorite season of the year for many people out there. For many, summer is not only a time for vacations, but also a time to make romantic dreams come true. Good weather is perfect to spend an evening outdoors, and summer candles are the right elements to create a cozy and relaxing mood in the fresh air.

Summer is almost here and if you are planning to spend your evenings outdoors or just create attractive and bright summer decorations indoors or outdoors, these inspiring ideas will help you a lot. It is quite possible that the result will be much more spectacular than a visit to a café or resort restaurant. These new tricks will help you make your outdoor party unforgettable. You can even create a spa-like atmosphere, if you want.

Summer themes with summer candles

  • Marine theme and holiday souvenirs;
  • Fashionable eco-style decorations;
  • Candles with beautiful flowers;
  • Candles surrounded with juicy fruits;
  • Bright summer combinations.

Marine theme with candles

Marine theme candles create a beach, nautical or ocean décor for your home or office. Shells and sand, starfish and pebbles, fish and boats, a combination of blue, blue and white. All these can surround the simplest candles and create a unique and beautiful artistic atmosphere. Each of these décor elements features the calming influences of the ocean.

 

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Eco-style decoration with candles

In addition to sea pebbles and sand, as mentioned above, any natural materials, including leaves, plant seeds, coffee, cereals, can take part in the creation of summer candles compositions. Shaped candles and tealight candles are also perfect for eco-style decoration with candles.

 

       

 

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Candles with flowers

Candles, combined with flowers, make a gorgeous and romantic atmosphere in the fresh air. Large or small tealight candles make the space cozy and relaxing. Flowers and candles will make your loved ones feel very special. Fresh flower petals floating in the water, combined with tealight candles, look beautiful and offer a romantic holiday mood.

 

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Candles with fruits

Summer colorful fruits are a great addition to any candle. Invitingly shaped, brightly colored, deliciously flavored fruits will give a juicy and summery look to any décor. Pillar candles and floating candles are perfect for this kind of decoration. Pillar candles with some citrusy fruits or berries look very creative and natural. Another option is clear glass vases and bowls with half-filled water and fruits of your choice and floating candles.

 

       

 

       

 

Bright summer picnic with candles

A summer picnic evokes a scent of fresh flowers, juicy fruits, a citrus grove with a warm breeze, and a gentle hug. Create a colorful summer atmosphere on a table or in a corner of the house with bright summer candle decorations.

 

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Candles add a romantic atmosphere to any space, indoor or outdoor. They make fantastic centerpieces, go with any décor style, and come in a lot of different sizes, shapes and colors. They’re a very versatile way to add style to an outdoor or indoor space.

Summer is almost here! And this time of the year we start to enjoy life outdoors more, enjoy the benefits of the sun and decorate our gardens and patios. The decoration tends to be more colorful than in any other season and lighter at the same time bringing coziness and the desire to spend more time outside of the home while still feeling homey.

Decorations and lighting are an important part of creating the mood you want for you and for your loved ones. Patio candles, candles decorated with branches of trees, flowers, fruits, plants, and handmade boxes play an important role in decorating exteriors.

9 reasons to use incense

9 reasons to use incense

Smells and aromas have incredible power. They can instantly transport you to the past where that aroma has been originated. Become an absolute association with someone or a place. This is a type of portal that can not only help us travel through time, but also can cause certain reactions. For example, incense can help us relax, sleep, concentrate, stimulate creativity, increase motivation.

The best way to make aromas part of our life is to use certain smells for certain purposes. For example, there are some incense products that are endowed with the right properties to create the atmosphere you need.

 

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What goals can be achieved with incense?

  1. Relaxation. This is perhaps the main goal for people, who live in big cities. Light some incense, put on some music, lie back comfortably on the sofa with a cup of tea and a book. Or, you can take a bath and add some candles and some incense. Soft aromas will make the atmosphere even more harmonious, allowing you to free your mind from every day worries.

Frankincense, sandalwood, and cedarwood are "soothing scents," so they are good for general relaxation.

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety. Help your mind stop worrying and run from one thought to another. To do this, it is best to choose incense with the scent of sandalwood. The aroma of sandalwood incense sticks eliminates undesirable odor and pessimistic thoughts. Its strong and grounding fragrance can transport you to a spiritual realm.
  2. Meditation. Incense is widely used in many rituals to deepen attention, sharpen the senses and lift the spirit. That’s what meditation is. Sandalwood and lotus are often used for meditation, but you can choose what suits you best. One that takes you to the place you need to be without distracting you from your thoughts.

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  3. Stimulates creativity. A well-chosen aroma can be used to develop your abilities, stimulate ideas, and improve mental performance. Incense based on "invigorating" aromas.
  4. Increases attention. Less intrusive than, for example, background music, aromas have a more subtle effect on the mind and body, making them the ideal partners for work, study or hobbies that require detailed attention. It is also recommended to choose "invigorating" aromas for this purpose.
  1. Improves sleep. Insomnia is becoming an increasingly serious condition, especially in our modern, constantly rushing society. Burning incense while falling asleep is as good as using a candle. Ideal scents here would be lavender or herbs.

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  1. Yoga practice. Incense can help to focus the mind and prepare the body by creating the right aromatic atmosphere. By engaging in such a natural and rewarding activity, you want to avoid anything artificial, toxic, or simply distracting. Therefore, incense made from natural ingredients will be the best solution - you just need to choose the right scent for a particular type of yoga - from energetic to calming and meditative.

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  2. Recovery. The aroma of incense sticks has been proven to increase serotonin levels in the brain. As an alternative to medication, non-pharmacological methods to increase brain serotonin levels can improve mood without causing any side effects or dangerous addiction. Serotonin is considered a natural mood stabilizer and helps with sleep, eating, and digestion. Serotonin also helps reduce depression, anxiety, and headaches. Thus, serotonin is good for health, and incense helps to release it!
  3. Air purification. Some incense ingredients have antibacterial properties. For example, green tea. Plus, incense is a simple, quick, and affordable way to cover up unwanted household odors like food, pets, wet clothes, and more.

Learning about incense is an interesting journey to aromas. What you like, what motivates you, what influences you the most! Turning incense burning into a hobby will encourage you to slow down, appreciate things more, even fine-tune your ability to focus and concentrate. There is always something to discover, learn and appreciate.

Wedding décor with taper candles

Wedding décor with taper candles

In this article, we will talk about the warm and magical elements of wedding décor – taper candles.

Probably not a single wedding has been decorated without candles: taper candles are a great way to add height to any table without blocking the view of guests across the table. Candlesticks are a great starting point for a centerpiece because you can accent them in so many ways – small floral arrangements, bud vases, greenery, velvet table runners – truly there are no limitations.

 

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We are all so used to candles that we forget about the basic rules that should be followed when using candles in wedding décor:

  • Candles should not be scented unless they are used outdoors. Some of the guests can easily be allergic to this smell, or they can simply get a headache.
  • Light the candles for a short time before placing them in any of the decoration areas so that they do not look new. Putting new candles on tables and in the ceremony area is not a good idea. And if you are a perfectionist, turn and tilt them in different directions while they are burning so that beautiful streams of the wax freeze on the candles.
  • You need a candlestick for any candle since the wax can damage the surface of the table or tablecloth during the burning process.
  • Candles should stand firmly on the candlesticks so that they don’t fall during the evening and not provoke a fire.
  • Pay attention to the fact that the color of the candles should match the wedding palette: for example, if the wedding decoration doesn’t have white in it, you should not use white candles as decoration - choose colored or milk ones.

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Any wedding dinner will sparkle with new colors if you add candles to it. You can add them to the main composition or make them the centerpiece on the table. In both cases, they should be in candlesticks or on stands.

 

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If the central place on the table is occupied by a floral or other design composition, then choose such candles and candlesticks that will be combined with the main serving element.

Thin antique candles look best in a company with classic or “garden” flower arrangements, but thicker and more voluminous options are suitable for informal styles: rustic, country style. Candles can also be a great option for decorating long tables: you can make a path through the entire table from candles of different heights or add them to an existing flower garland.

Candles are a fragile part of the décor, so be sure to prepare a few spare ones so that in case of breakage you can quickly replace them with new ones.

How to make a decorative arrangement with floating candles

How to make a decorative arrangement with floating candles

Arrangements with floating candles are a great way to decorate an interior or a festive event. Such an original décor will perfectly complement a wedding decoration or a romantic dinner. The use of floating candles creates a special atmosphere: their soft flickering reflected from the water surface fills a room with bright tints of glare and subdued light. Such unusual decorations look good on a table, as well as in a more intimate environment.

Decorative arrangement with floating candles

To make a decorative arrangement with floating candles you will need:

Option 1

If you want to make a single composition, prepare a round vase, the size of which will allow you to place several items inside. Fill the container with water and carefully place the floating candles in the center. Cut off the stems of the flowers and place the flower heads in the vase so that they are freely balanced on the surface. Any flowers are suitable for a decorative arrangement, but varieties with large buds work better. For example, you can use bright gerberas, chamomiles, daisies, orchids, roses, or gardenias that have large petals that will create the right proportions.

 

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Option 2

This design option involves the creation of a more complex compositional scheme based on the simultaneous decoration of several vases at once. For décor, you will need three containers of the same shape, but different sizes. Fill each vase halfway with water. Put three floating candles in the first vase, only one candle in the second vase, and flowers in the third vase. Make sure to shorten the flowers in advance to the desired length. As a result, you will get an unusual design, which will look fresh and extraordinary due to the difference in the height of the containers and the contrasting combination of elements.

 

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Option 3

If there are no beautiful vases at hand, you can even use ordinary glass jars to create a composition. Simply decorate the jar with a decorative ribbon around the neck, and complete the décor with floating candles by placing one in each jar.

 

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Whichever design option you choose, candles will allow you to create a romantic and cozy environment quickly and without hassle. You can create your own arrangement by choosing a design to your taste. Any transparent container will do as a base. For example, you can use crystal or glass bowls, goblets and even glasses. The main thing is that the containers are transparent and do not draw all attention to themselves. You can also use beads, crystals, pebbles, artificial pearls, berries, etc. as décor elements with your floating candles.

 

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As for the candles themselves, many variations are also possible here. When choosing the candles consider the season and features of the event for which the composition is being created. For the New Year, you can use white star-shaped candles, and for Valentine's Day, red heart-shaped candles are the perfect fit. Candles imitating flowers or butterflies will look appropriate for spring events, while for summer you can pick up shell candles that will set the tone for the whole composition.

 

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If desired, a little food dye can be added to the water to give the liquid a hue that will blend harmoniously with decorative elements and flowers.

You can apply your creativity and imagination when creating decorations with floating candles. Experiment, and you will get a unique design that will become a real decoration of any solemn or family event.

Improve your meditation with scented candles

Improve your meditation with scented candles

Lighting a scented candle can easily become part of your yoga practice or meditation ritual; a physical act to set the stage for reflection and fill the room with soothing notes.

Meditation is a concept originating from the prehistoric period. It refers to any form of spiritual practice: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Taoism and other practices. Meditation is a special process that will make you achieve spiritual growth and “enlightenment”. The essence of meditation is the acquisition of inner freedom, which is impossible without the “silence of the mind”. What does it mean? - the absence of obsessive thoughts, peace of mind and focus on the present moment.

 

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Nowadays, meditation can be practiced without any religious or spiritual overtones. In the rhythm of modern life, meditation allows you to relax both physically and spiritually, to relieve the load of stress. We have all been in a meditative state, for example, when we looked at the flames of a fire or clouds floating across the sky, time flew by so imperceptibly. However, conscious meditation is a skill that is developed by practice. In order to enhance the effect of meditation and help achieve the desired state, various methods and attributes are used that improve concentration, relieve nervous tension, improve blood circulation in the brain, and so on. The most common attributes of meditation include:

  • music, sounds of nature
  • aromas (incense, essential oils, scented candles, etc.)
  • candles as a source of fire and contemplation

Today we are going to talk about the use of scented candles in meditation. Scented candles are a perfect way to transform any space into the ideal place for a calming yoga session or meditation practice. Using candles for yoga and meditation at home or within a studio can support you in focusing your mind, anchoring your practice and moving into a mentally and physically calming space. The right combination of scents can take weight from our shoulders, evoke creativity and help with emotional healing.

 

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Traditional scents used in yoga and meditation include sandalwood and frankincense, though there are now of course many more to explore for your yoga practice. Scents are an essential part of yoga practice, as a smell can promote strong emotional reactions, such as relaxation.

Whilst incense is traditionally used in yoga, as it’s believed to purify the air and soothe the mind, body and spirit – some can find it a little overpowering. Candles for yoga and meditation are a perfect alternative for creating a soothing space.
Many studios consciously choose candles for yoga to create a peaceful atmosphere for meditation and yoga classes.

The ambiance and mood can be set with just a few candles, but it comes down to knowing which scents will help to support different types of yoga and meditation. Scents like vetiver and sweet marjoram have woody and earthy qualities, perfect for creating a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Fragrances like rosemary and lemon can energize and focus you during your yoga practice. There are other scents that are well known for being stress-relieving, relaxing, and unwinding, such as lavender, sage, and sandalwood. Using candles for meditation can help to transport your mind to a soothed space, signaling to your mind that now is the time to sit, to be still.
Historically, candles have been a significant and traditional element of rituals and spiritual practices. Whether placed at an altar, lit at shrines and statues, or the flames to honor the memory of loved ones, candles have long been richly symbolic.

How to use scented candles for meditation

 

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Take your time to set the intention as you light your candle. Look out for candles with jasmine which promotes relaxation, or sage which has been a long-used scent in meditation practices.

Start your practice by dimming any lights, whether closing curtains or turning off artificial lights so you can focus on the light of the candles.

Set up your candle or candles across the room so you create a soothing ambiance of flickering light, or set one candle in front of you to act as a focal point during your meditation.

Next, make sure you’re in a comfortable position and wearing loose, soft clothing. Pick a candle to gaze at, as a starting point to settle your thoughts. Let the flickering candle occupy your mind.

From here, you can shift your meditation into one with your eyes closed or choose to focus on something else other than the candle’s flame.

How to use a candle correctly

How to use a candle correctly

Most of us don't know how to use a candle correctly. Most of us don't realize that there is a right way to burn a candle and most of us have no idea what that is. As a result, we have to scrape the soot off a candlestick and experience other unfortunate consequences. Follow these tips and you'll be a real candle-burning pro.

How do you light a candle and treat it while it is burning? Many do not have the slightest idea how to use the purchased candle to the maximum. Follow these guidelines and you'll get way more out of your candles every time with no wasted wax (or scent).

Tips on using candle correctly

  1. Trim the wick

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Don't be lazy, each time you want to burn your candle, start by trimming the wick to between 1/8 and 1/4 inches long. You can use scissors, nail clippers, or a wick trimmer. Why every time? Trimmed wicks will make your candle burn cleaner and brighter. Untrimmed wicks are a lot more likely to take on a strange shape that dulls and obscures the flame. Also, excessively long wicks cause nasty smoky stains that end up on your glass jar candles.

By the way, the most convenient way to light a candle is to use long matches.

  1. Let the wax melt all the way across

When you have your candle lit, do not extinguish it until the top layer of wax is completely melted. This may take several hours. If you are not ready to wait that long, it is better not to light a candle at all.

 

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If you do not let the wax melt completely, you're contributing to a process called tunneling. Tunneling happens when only a small portion of the wax around the wick melts while the candle is burning. Instead of having the entire surface of the wax melt evenly, it will appear as though the flame is burrowing into the candle and creating what resembles a small, vertical tunnel. Inside the tunnel, the wax directly underneath the flame quickly melts into the liquid while the surrounding wax remains hard. This causes the tunneling to become worse over time. Once the wick descends deeper into the surrounding wax, the flame won’t be able to get enough oxygen to sustain itself, causing the candle to go out. Tunneling is bad because it can drastically reduce the total burn time of your candle.

 

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Yes, it takes patience. But if you let the wax melt completely every time you light a candle, the surface of the candle will remain smooth and the walls of the candlestick clean.

  1. Buy Candles with Multiple Wicks

If you don’t have time or patience to wait for the wax to melt all the way across, buy candles that have two or more wicks. More flames mean more heat, which leads to a quicker melt. It also throws more scent. Avoid very wide single-wick candles. The heat from one wick is clearly not enough to completely melt the entire candle.

  1. Keep your candle flame away from high traffic areas

 

 

Try to keep the burning candle far away from fans, air conditioners, open windows, or high traffic areas. Moving air can disturb the flame, which can also stain the tin or jar, and can give you tunneling and other issues.

  1. Don't blow out the candle

To extinguish a candle, cover it with some kind of lid, but do not blow it out (unless, of course, this is a candle from your birthday cake). This way you can avoid unpleasant odors.

Now you are ready. Use your candles the way the pros do, save money and effort, and enjoy your candles to the fullest.

Paschal candles for Easter

Paschal candles for Easter

As Easter approaches, it is good to know what candles are used for that holiday. Also known as Easter candles or Christ candles, paschal candles are an important part of the fifty-day Easter season celebration of many Christian religions throughout the world. Paschal candles are large candles that have important Christian symbols on them. The decorations on a paschal candle include:

  • White candle
  • A cross
  • The letter for alpha
  • The letter for omega
  • The year
  • Optional decorations signifying redemption or renewal

White Candle - the candle itself is white, which along with gold, is the liturgical color of the Easter season.

A Cross - this is usually the center of the design. These are usually red and/or gold.

Alpha and Omega - to represent the beginning and the end, are above (alpha) and below (omega) the cross.

The Year - either surrounding the cross (2 numbers on top of the cross arms and 2 numbers under the cross arms) or the full year can be at the bottom of the candle.

Cloves - 5 cloves can be included on the candle. These represent the nails that hung Jesus on the cross, and also the 5 wounds of Christ. These are placed into the end of the arm of each cross, and one right in the middle of the cross.

Eucharistic Symbols - this can include the Paschal Lamb, Guadalupe, Eucharist, chalice, grapes, wheat, pelican, etc. These symbols are usually under the traditional cross.

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Generally made of at least fifty-one percent beeswax, the paschal candles for Easter remains in its place in the front of the church throughout the Easter season and is lit for all services. Once the fifty-day Easter season ends, on Pentecost, the candle is moved to its position by the baptismal font and is lit for all baptisms. It is also lit for all funeral services and is placed next to the casket at those times. In both baptism and funeral services, the significance of the paschal candle decorations remains the same as they were during the Easter season. They are symbols that God is always present with you from the beginning to the end.

Create Hygge with candles

Create Hygge with candles

“Hygge” - pronounced hyoo-guh - is a Danish word that loosely translates to “coziness” or “comfort,” and it’s often used to describe a vibe or feeling that you’d get from snuggling indoors on a cold day. Since the word entered the American lexicon, hygge has become a full-blown, Instagram-worthy lifestyle filled with warm blankets and glowing and scented candles.

Simplicity and modesty are the main components of hygge. This is a simple and leisurely life, filled with happiness and comfort. Hygge is the ability to appreciate the simple pleasures of life. Hygge is not associated only with lighting but also with smell, touch, taste, sounds and small details.

 

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Joy is the main value of our life. Do what makes you feel happy. Surround yourself with those things and those people that bring positive emotions. Smile often, love, laugh - just allow yourself to be happy.

Candles are considered the easiest way of adding instant hygge to your life. Meik Wiking, in his book ‘The Little Book of Hygge’, said that “no recipe for hygge is complete without candles.”

Adding a luxury scented candle to your home or office creates a sense of ‘hygge’ in your life. 85% of Danish people associate candles with hygge. The power of candles comes from the atmosphere that it creates, adding light and a gentle glow to your space. In Denmark, they add candles everywhere, from their boardrooms to bedrooms and classrooms.

 

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Candles offer a form of emotional happiness and coziness, giving you an instant serotonin boost. All you need to do is light a candle with your favorite scent to feel the stress drop off your shoulders. The light from the lamps is not as magical and cozy as the light from the candles. It is worth lighting candles, turning off the lamps, and you will get a feeling of true hygge.

Have a hygge at home. You don't need to spend a lot for that. You can fill the house with the help of inexpensive, do-it-yourself things. The house in Denmark is the main place where communication takes place. The Danes philosophy says - there should be a "cozy corner" in every house. No candles, no hygge. And blankets and pillows are the main piece of furniture for the Danes. How wonderful it is to wrap yourself in a blanket on a huge pile of pillows!

Candle Safety Tips

Candle Safety Tips

Candle safety tips - Candles add personality to your décor, establish an element of peace and serenity, and make your home smell great. While there are many benefits to burning candles, proper candle safety is important to prevent accidents or injuries.

Follow these precautionary measures when using candles:

  • Remove all decorative packaging, as well as decorations such as artificial flowers, paper labels, etc. before lighting a candle;
  • Ensure you keep your candles away from pets and children;
  • Place your candles on candlesticks or trays, before lighting them: do not put them directly on a table or any other flammable surface;
  • Do not leave lit candles unattended;
  • The distance between two burning candles must be at least 4 inches.
  • Do not move or hold the candle while the candle wax around the wick is soft.
  • Store candles in a dark, cool place.

Candle Burning Helpful Tips:

  • Monitor the height of the wick on a burning candle: cut it regularly to a level of 0.3”.
  • Candles that are refrigerated before use burn slower and even. To prevent candles from absorbing odors from the refrigerator, wrap them in foil or plastic.
  • Do not leave candles in the sun or near heat sources - they may melt.
  • Keep a safe distance from flammable objects.
  • Do not place the candle in a draft to avoid soot.
  • Store candles in a dark, cool place.
  • Candles are not subject to repair and restoration.
  • Never touch or move the candle when the wax is melted to avoid burns. Never pour hot wax down the sink to avoid clogging. Stop burning the candle if there is less than an inch of wax left in the container.
  • Candles are made using only the highest quality materials; they are handmade products and therefore may have some differences in shape and size.

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candle safety tips

 

Do not leave a burning Candle unattended for a long time.

 

 

 

Light the candle only after placing it on a candlestick.

 

 

Do not leave the burning candle unattended, especially if there are small children or animals in the room.

 

 

Place the candles at a distance of no closer than 4” from each other.

 

Do not place a burning candle on a windowsill or near flammable objects (books, newspapers, etc.).

 

It is not recommended to store candles in direct sunlight, as ultraviolet destroys dyes and can lead to fading, or near heating devices, since candles can be deformed under heat.

candle burning tips

 

In order to extinguish a candle, one should cover it with some object (candle snuffer), excluding the supply of oxygen.

 

Before lighting a candle, remove all labels, decorations and accessories.

 


Place the candle in the candlestick evenly, steadily, and not at an angle.

 

Do not leave the candle in a place that is breezy (in the wind or draft) otherwise, the candle may fade or it will not burn evenly.

 


The length of the wick should be no more than 0.3”, otherwise the candle may start flickering and smoking. Frequently cut the wick if necessary.

Why are candles relaxing

Why are candles relaxing?

 

So why are candles relaxing! Multiple research has shown that candles have a calming effect. The soft and magical light of a candle is an important component of mind and body relaxation. Whether it’s yoga, meditation, or a bubble bath, candles recreate a soothing atmosphere for every occasion. Researchers found that the flame of a candle soothes the soul, helps calm anxiety and aggression, relieves stress, and even leads to a meditative state.

 

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The soft flickering of candlelight creates a relaxing atmosphere and adds a sense of warmth. The flicker of candlelight produces a lovely ambiance that simply cannot be replicated. And when you focus on that soft candle flame, your brain receives a signal, resulting in your body and mind relaxation. Relaxing under the light of a candle improves mental state, energizes, improves sleep, boosts immunity, and alleviates painful feelings.

Scented candles, on the other hand, have additional advantages. Besides soft candlelight, the brain "senses" scent notes of calming scents. All of us have special scents that bring us joy and remind us of happy moments in life. The aroma of a candle stimulates the limbic system of the brain, which includes the amygdala and the hippocampus, the regions related to emotion and memory. Dopamine is being released, which is responsible for allowing you to feel pleasure, satisfaction, and motivation.

How to use scented candles correctly

 

  1. Light a scented candle and enjoy a warm bath. Research has shown that a warm bath with a soft flickering of candlelight helps to calm the nervous system and relieve feelings of loneliness. Adding citrus or lavender essential oil to the water will improve your mood.
  2. Light a scented candle before bedtime. The scent notes of a candle make you fall asleep faster. You will have a calmer and better sleep, and you won’t toss and turn all night long.
  3. Use scented candles during yoga and meditation. You can just close your eyes and think about something pleasant, getting rid of negative thoughts and stress.

Research shows that scented candles and essential oils can help reduce stress. Regular aromatherapy helps to relieve feelings of fear, anxiety, and stress.

How to get rid of anxiety and restlessness with the help of scented candles

 

scented candles for anxiety

 

Lavender, geraniums, and myrrh aromas are effective in treating psychological and physiological disorders. Ylang-ylang evokes a feeling of joy, and jasmine gives more energy and positivity. Mint improves memory and brain functionality, and geranium, rosemary, romaine, and lemon help with anxiety.

Psychologists advise buying scented candles with a citrus aroma in order to maintain a positive mood during the pandemic. These candles improve the mood and give positive energy. Orange and lime are the best medicines for anxiety and agitation.

Aromatherapy candles at your home

Aromatherapy candles at your home

Aromatherapy candles are candles that contain an indefinite amount of essential oils. Essential oils are concentrated substances that come from plants and resins.

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit.

Today we will talk about some of the popular essential oils, their unique features; as well as how to choose the right aroma candles for your home, and how to create a special atmosphere at home.

Aromatherapy and its effectiveness

Essential oils can have different effects on the emotional and physical condition of a human being. Certain essential oils may help relieve feelings of stress. Also, a 2019 study found that inhaling lavender essential oil can reduce anxiety. Some essential oils can either fortify the immune system or eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses. While all essential oils contain antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties to some extent, some essential oils have more of one than the other.

Aromatherapy candles can help you relax, feel calm, energized and help your brain get into a more productive mindset. Eucalyptus candles are energizing and improve focus. Lemon candles also energizing and can relieve anxiety and depression.

 

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How to choose the right scented candle

Aromatherapy candles can lead to a path of wellness. Aroma candles come in a wide variety of scents. Below are some of the most common scents people use to positively affect their sense of well-being.

Lavender

 

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The gentle and non-invasive aroma of lavender is one of the most widespread aromatic candles for home. Lavender helps with stress, fights insomnia, it is a soothing and relaxing scent.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus candles

With a minty and uplifting smell, eucalyptus helps decongest the nose and provides relief from colds, sinusitis, and allergies. It is emanated also to build energy. Also, Eucalyptus is a purifying, cleansing, and clarifying essential oil that can improve air quality. Burning a eucalyptus candle can help to refresh and cleanse the air.

Chamomile

 

 

 

Chamomile is an age-old medicinal herb that has been used throughout history in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. It was used for its numerous medicinal purposes, now it is one of the most popular choices for relaxation today.

Chamomile scented candles are anti-inflammatory, sleep aid, anti-bacterial, stress reliever and antihistamine. Its primary benefits include its calming and therapeutic effects, along with the ability to support and enhance the immune system.

Tonka Bean

 

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 Tonka Bean has a warm and summery scent. It can be used to create an atmosphere that brings a sense of calm, encourages relaxation and promotes a healthy sleep cycle. It is also considered to contain aphrodisiac properties and is used to heighten sexual excitement.

Frankincense

 

Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree. This tree typically grows in the dry, mountainous regions of India, Africa, and the Middle East. Frankincense has a woody, spicy smell. Burning frankincense scented candles will activate poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression.

Jasmine

 

 Jasmine Candle

 

The beautiful floral scent of jasmine has a rich, exotic, tenacious and warm scent. Burning a candle with a jasmine aroma can uplift the mind and soul. By stimulating the feel-good hormones in the body, such as serotonin, anyone using jasmine can expect a boost of energy and uplifted mood.

Are candles considered home décor?

 

Are candles considered home décor?

Let’s talk about some candle facts before we jump into home décor.

Did you know that ancient candles were vessels filled with fat or oil and a piece of cloth or a sliver was inserted as a wick?

It was not until 3000 BC that the Egyptians created a true candle that was made out of beeswax. Wax candles burned brighter, lasted longer and didn’t have as much flame. However, beeswax candles were very expensive, only the wealthy and the church could afford them.

Paraffin was discovered by Karl Reichenbach in 1830. Paraffin is still one of the most popular products used in candle making.

Nowadays, that we no longer need to use candles as a source of light, their significance has been reduced to being purely decorative.

 

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Interior décor with candles is a truly wonderful solution for the home. Interior designers and bloggers assure that correctly selected candles will give your environment a warm and cozy feel. While the flickering of fire will create real bliss and smoothly immerse you in relaxation. It will feel like the time is slowing down. To achieve this effect, you should consider the size and the shape of the candles, so that they can correspond to the area and atmosphere they are in. Below are some interesting ideas and rules on how to use candles in your home décor.

Candles beside your bed

 

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Soy candles in glass vessels are ideal for a nightstand next to the bed. Soy wax is environmentally friendly and will not harm those who like to light a candle before going to bed. To add some extra chick, put a small vase of flowers next to your candles. Check out our previous blog, where we talked about the scents you can use in the bedroom.

Those, who prefer candles made of paraffin or other types of waxes, it is recommended to put these candles on a chest of drawers complemented by a stack of books or a vase of flowers.

Candles on A Coffee Table

 

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White or beige candles of any length and size are suitable for any coffee table. The light color of the wax will not stand out too much on the table. The neutral color of these candles will complement, rather than trouble the rest of the décor. Remember that long candles always look aesthetically pleasing in minimalistic golden candelabra of different heights.

Neat tealight candles in crystal tealight candle holders brighten the interior, making the interior seem translucent and weightless. To make this composition a complete artwork, add a bouquet in a small vase and place it on a tray.

Rustic interior lovers can use large candles in vintage-style wooden candelabra with a bouquet of some green flowers.

Candle Chandelier

 

Candle Chandelier

 

For those, who love French-style interior, candelabra in the form of chandeliers will be a perfect choice. Simple wax candles suspended from the ceiling will make the space more aristocratic, giving an aesthetics of luxurious country chateaus feeling. Place these chandeliers over the dining table or in the hallway, complementing with floral arrangements or ivy and fern wreaths.

Candles on the stairs or the floor

If you have a nice and cozy country house then you know that a country house cannot be without candles. Put your candles in a glass container on the veranda or next to the sunbeds during the summertime. And in winter, the best place for candles are by the fireplace, stairs and entrance area. Complement them with seasonal plants (branches of fir, pine, and juniper).

Fireplace

 

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Nothing balances the flame of the fireplace fire but an additional flicker in the room. To achieve such a décor, surround your fireplace with candles in candle holders. Make sure the candle holders have a little lighter color than the fireplace itself: this will make the candles look like a separate composition. This atmosphere is great for relaxation.

Dining Table Candles

Have you noticed that wedding stylists use linen tablecloths, eucalyptus floral compositions and candles in transparent or golden candlesticks? The main rule here is to choose pastel shades for the dishes, textiles and décor, relying on natural soothing colors (beige, mint, dusty pink, light blue). The table will look restrained and aristocratic, and the dining atmosphere relaxing.

Home décor is the art of decorating your own space and turning it into a beautiful and cozy place for you to relax. Candles are one of the most important décor elements that also have some advantages: they are inexpensive and don’t require installation. Candles’ warm light will help create a festive atmosphere or a spa aura for you to relax. It seems such a small thing, but it’s like a small miracle that can change the mood and the atmosphere.

Home décor: Scented candles vs unscented candles

 

Home décor: Scented candles vs unscented candles

 

Candles have always been a part of our lives. Before they were just a source of light, but with time candles evolved into something much more than that. Nowadays, candles are not just important components used in the healing and rejuvenating process in Aromatherapy, but they are also excellent décor accessories in interior design. Let’s not forget that candles can be luxurious and personalized gifts for our loved ones.

Votive Candles (Red, Ivo, Pink) scented

 

Choosing the right candles that match your personality and home décor can be very challenging. You should consider different factors before surrounding yourself with candles. Some of the factors are the environment, where you want to use the candles, the quantity of candles you intend to have, and whether you want your candles scented or unscented.

If you are planning a romantic dinner for two, then you can use the traditional taper candles. If you want to add some aroma to your dinner then consider having amber and sandalwood scented candles. These two scents are the best candle scents for romance. If you’ve been cooped up for too long and need the imaginative release of a new space, lighting a candle with such aromas will certainly help you to escape.

 

Romantic evening with taper scented candles

 

If you want to use candles for a relaxing bubble bath, then you can light tealight candles. To add some spa experience to your bath use fruity and floral scented tealight candles. They will enhance the relaxing atmosphere. Plus, the blend of coconut and vanilla scents may help you feel like you’re on vacation.

 

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Many people purchase candles for home décor, and they don’t intend to burn them. In this case, pillar candles are very popular for creating decorative arrangements. There are so many pillar sizes and colors available in the market that it is not hard to find candles that will match your home décor.

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Some people consider scented candles to be artificial, and they love the smell of natural Beeswax candles.

People who like scented candles should select the scent of their candles like they would select a perfume, that is according to their taste. There are no rules for choosing a scent, but there are some tips.

The scent creates the mood and atmosphere in the room, therefore it should harmoniously complement the interior.

  • Soothing scents are the most popular option for the bedrooms. Aromatherapy is commonly used to encourage relaxation. There are many relaxing scents out there, and the most popular ones are lavender, chamomile, vanilla and bergamot.
  • A light, refreshing scent, such as citrus, mint, lavender, or vanilla, is good for a bathroom. A strong scent can be too overbearing in a room as small as a bathroom, which can lead to migraines. Consider picking candles with scent notes of Fresh Ocean or rain, light floral scents and citrus.
  • Fresh and clean scented candles are perfect for the kitchen. These will help to neutralize the odors from last night’s dinner, making your home smell clean even when it’s not. Citrus, herbal, floral, and clean scents (like linen or cotton) are best at achieving this.
  • The living room should feel welcoming and fresh. If your living room is small though, keep fragrances simple to avoid overpowering the tiny room. Soft and light scented candles can create a relaxing feel. Floral and sweeter scents of vanilla and honey are great. If you want the vibe to be more upbeat and fun, try fruity scents. Passion fruit, wild berry, and even caramel fragrances are great for this matter.

 

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