Scented Candles

Scented candles come in just about every scent imaginable. These candles are quickly gaining in popularity, as they make an attractive addition to the home décor, can be used in aromatherapy, or can simply help you feel relaxed or bring back happy memories. Scented candles are also available in a wide array of candle styles, from taper candles, to jar candles, to votive candles, and pillar candles, you can find a pleasing scent for any occasion and candle purpose.

Adding the Scent to Your Candle

Scented candles are generally made using one of two different techniques. The first is to use fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are synthetic reproductions of essential oils, which are the other option for scenting candles.

Essential oils are concentrated essences of the bark, seeds, roots, flowers, stems, fruits, or leaves of an aromatic plant. Generally, the oil is removed from the plant through steaming. Essential oils are the only method used for scenting candles intended for use in aromatherapy because these oils are believed to be able to benefit the body in numerous ways. In fact, they have been used for thousands of years to stimulate the immune system, to inspire certain emotions, and to enhance mental clarity and other body systems.

The scent created by fragrance oils is still pleasing to the senses, though not beneficial to your health. It is, however, generally possible to create a greater variety of scents when using fragrance oils. In addition, scented candles made with fragrance oils can still evoke certain emotions by bringing back special memories.

Caring for Scented Candles

In order to gain the optimum amount of aroma in a scented candle, the fragrance is added at the very last possible moment when they are being made. This helps prevent evaporation of the oil and loss of scent. When these candles are burned, the fragrance should be able to fill an entire room. To make sure your scented candle stays strong and pleasant, you should store them in a plastic bag or in their original wrapper until it is time to burn them. Alternatively, you can keep a scented candle unwrapped in a candleholder in a room to provide a slight scent, but it won't be as strong when you burn it.

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After candles with fragrance have burned for a period of time, they tend to develop what is referred to as a carbon "mushroom" at the top of the wick. After using the candle, and after it has had time to cool, take a tissue to remove this buildup in order to ensure a fresh scent the next time the candle is used.

Gaining the Maximum Effect

After smelling the same scent for a period of time, our noses grow accustomed to the scent and we no longer really notice the smell. Therefore, burning the same scented candle will not continue to be pleasant over a period of time because you will no longer notice its scent. To provide your nose with a continuous flow of pleasant smells, you should purchase several different scented candles and alternate between them. This way, you will be sure to always have a great candle scent to smell!