It’s finally spooky season! Halloween is a holiday to go all out. It's the time of year when eating excessive amounts of candy and other spookily delicious foods, creating elaborate costumes, and decorating your home as the spookiest place are really encouraged. You can play around with cute and quaint décor or become the most haunted-looking mansion on the block.
You can use the same philosophy to create your own spooky Halloween room.
Candles enhance the mood in any space, and Halloween is no different. Candles are frequently the primary source of lighting in vampire and Frankenstein movies, and they are still connected to those customary Halloween motifs. Halloween candles will help you create the most diverse and stylish decorations indoors and outdoors.
Using candles is an inexpensive way to add some playfulness to the holiday while also adding some charm. You can go all out and make your home or office a super-spooky haven, or you can be more subtle with just a few decorations. Either way, Halloween candles and candle holders are fantastic.
Holiday scents for Halloween candles include notes of spices, trees, seasonal fruits and flowers, and desserts. The top aromatic notes of the following ingredients will fill your space with a lovely, welcoming fragrance.
Some seductive candle fragrance oils combine elements of the outdoors with sweet or spicy ones. Options to think about include cinnamon with holly berry, sandalwood with vanilla, and cedar with jasmine.
Whether you’re creating a spooky atmosphere for Halloween or just looking to add a touch of warmth to your space, candles are a versatile and cost-effective solution. With the right supplies, you can create your own candles that are tailored to your style and fragrance preferences.
Most of the candles are made with basic candle supplies, such as wax and candle wicks. You can also repurpose old candles or use store-bought pillar candles as a base for your designs. With a little bit of creativity, you can transform these basic materials into unique and beautiful candles that are perfect for any occasion.
Turn regular black taper candles into something more sinister by adding red hot glue to the body so it looks like blood!
There's nothing easier than buying some snake props and using them to up the spooky factor of your décor. Just hang the toys on your taper candles to achieve the look.
Fill a large cauldron, bowl, or clear vase with water, and add floating candles on top. You can also toss in some plastic spiders or eyeballs for added spookiness.
Place Halloween skull candles in different corners of your home. You can place tealight candles around some of them. These candles themselves are spooky and really fit the holiday. When you light up the candles, they will cast creepy shadows.
Collect empty wine bottles, paint them black or dark purple, and insert tall taper candles into the necks. Arrange them in clusters for a dramatic effect.
Hollow out pumpkins and place tealight candles inside for a warm and inviting glow. You can carve various designs or simply create patterns with holes for light to shine through.
Multi-drip Halloween candles are great for Halloween or any other party. They are also a great gift for Halloween.
These candles are white on the outside, but the inside is multi-colored wax that drips out as the candle burns. Simply place it into the wine bottle (or other candle holder) and watch as it covers the holder in colorful drips. It will be a fascinating centerpiece for a Halloween party. Check out our post on how to create a wine bottle sculpture with dripping candles.
Wrap glass candleholders with cheesecloth or gauze for a mummy-like effect. Insert candles inside and let the fabric gently flicker as the candles burn.
Decorate jars with spooky designs like bats, witches, or skeletons using paint or adhesive decals. Place tealight candles inside the jars and line them along your porch or windowsill.
Handmade and adorably colorful, these brain candles make the best gift and décor for Halloween celebrations. These candles can be made in any color or scent you want them to have. They can be proudly displayed in your living room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or entryway.
Safety Comes First
However, it is very important to observe safety rules when lighting candles, especially when there is a small child or pet at home. Keep candles away from flammable objects. Be especially careful to turn off the candles before going to bed at night to avoid a fire.
Is there anything better than relaxing with a warm and cozy candle after a long day? Taking some time to relax, especially when the world feels particularly stressful, is a crucial step in the self-care process. Candles set a mood, warm up a room, and just look pretty on a shelf.
Candles can be made out of a variety of different waxes. Each wax has unique characteristics that determine how well it performs when used for candle making. Candles can be made from paraffin wax, soy wax, palm wax, or beeswax. However, as with burning any type of candle, care should be taken especially when used around children or pets.
Soy candles are very popular today. As a general rule, these candles are safer when compared to other candle types. Soy candles are made from a plant-based wax that burns longer and cleaner. Here we will talk about the benefits of soy wax.
As the name implies, soy candles are made of soy wax - a type of wax created from the oil of refined soybeans. Unlike beeswax, which is taken from the hives of actual bees, soy wax is sustainable and vegan.
Soy wax is a non-toxic alternative that burns at a lower temperature, producing a cleaner flame that creates almost no soot. Renewable soybeans are much gentler on the environment than paraffin-based wax, while soy wax itself is biodegradable, ensuring future generations have one less thing to worry about. Since soy candles are made with natural wax, they produce less soot and hold fragrance better.
The benefits of soy candles
Soy wax, a hydrogenated vegetable oil derived from the soybean, becomes a solid at room temperature. After they are harvested, the beans are cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and rolled into flakes. Soy wax contains nothing artificial. Soy wax is non-toxic making it better both for the environment and your health.
Soy wax is created from natural, regenerative materials. Soy wax has "green" benefits as well, and because it burns more slowly than other types of wax, your candle will last longer. While all candles release some black soot as they burn, soy wax candles burn more efficiently and produce less soot. Another justification for using this wax in candles is that it makes a great aroma carrier and doesn't need chemical amplifiers. As a result, you will get a balanced, true-to-scent candle.
Soy wax has a considerably lower melting point than conventional paraffin wax, which results in a slower-burning candle. As a result, the wax is able to create a larger melt pool and release more scent into the air for a longer period of time. A standard soy candle will burn for 30 to 50 percent longer than a substitute made of paraffin. These candles burn and continue to exude scent for a very long period; even when used often, one candle can "survive" for several months.
Soy candles produce less soot and toxins when lit because of their natural materials, making them a better choice for your health.
Most forms of candle wax are simple to work with for candle makers, and soy wax is no exception. It is almost as adaptable as paraffin, and you can color and scent the wax, or create interesting shapes and designs in the same way as you would any other wax. Soy can be mixed with other types of wax, such as beeswax, to create interesting blends.
Soy candles made with essential oils can be used for aromatherapy. When looking for that perfect scented candle, these candles are worth considering.
Scented candles help you reach a relaxed state of mind. Hormones like serotonin and dopamine are produced as soon as you inhale a pleasant aroma. As their name "happy hormones" suggests, these hormones play the "happy" role in our lives. This explains why performing routine activities becomes more fun and soothing when scented candles are around.
Scented candles emit the scent better and last longer. The lower melting point of soy wax results in a greater surface area of liquid wax pooling around the candlewick. The essential oils are released from the liquid wax pooling around the wick and from the wick itself.
Essential oils are frequently utilized to give candles their aroma, and soy candles retain the fragrances from those oils. Additionally, you get a cleaner aroma as a result of how cleanly the soy wax burns.
The stresses of everyday life can make it especially daunting to fall asleep. Sleep is crucial to be able to perform well in daily activities. Scented candles help fill this gap by inducing and improving the quality of sleep.
Soy wax burns at a lower temperature, so there is no "tunneling" effect of the candle - it burns evenly over the entire surface, and the melted wax itself is not hot enough to cause skin burns. If a child touches the melted wax of a burning candle, the child will not be burned as with other candles made from products with a higher melting point. However, this does not remove the need to watch out for a child being near a burning candle. Melted wax is also easy to clean - all you need is warm water and soap or dish liquid, and no unsightly marks remain on the countertop after cleaning.
Soy candles offer a multitude of benefits. There are many environmental and health benefits of soy wax. They are not only better for your health but also for the environment. With cleaner-burning, longer-lasting performance, superior scent retention, and reduced toxins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A spectacular solution, supposedly coming from Southeast Asia. Combine them with a long narrow boat tray or flower petals, it will look amazing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To make a decorative arrangement with floating candles you will need:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research shows that scented candles and essential oils can help reduce stress. Regular aromatherapy helps to relieve feelings of fear, anxiety, and stress.
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.