Ways to Choose Your Candles Did you know there are some meaningful differences in candle types and best fragrances to use in various , depending on the effect and feeling you want to create? For example, tealight candles, are best used to create light effects, and create ambience by their beautiful flickering. Some tealight candles are perfumed, so not only do you get the benefit of the mood and feeling created by the light, you have the added benefit of fragrance filling the area. According to the National Candle Association of America, fragrant candles are the number one choice for home fragrances.

But which fragrance for which area? Well it is your personal alternative, but it is useful to think of that the senses are affected by the perfumes. This means that even though scented candles are good for any room in the household, odorless candles are best for dining. Scented candles can conflict with the aroma and pleasure of your meal.

My personal preference is vanilla and I make use of it in the kitchen space as it counteracts smells and just smells so crisp and appealing . The best guidance here is to avoid the fruity fragrances, leaving those for the rest of the house. Fragrances to suit meditation and relaxation are those which contain ginger, sandalwood and green tea for example. In the florals, it is hard to beat jasmine, rose and gardenia, but these are best kept away from where you are dining. As well as the freshness of vanilla, many new fragrances are created under the fantasy category which consists of essences with great names such as Summer Rain.

So the advantages of the aroma are more than just a beautiful aroma or to conceal food preparation smells. There is a recognized aroma-therapeutic advantage, especially from greatly fragrant candles. It is fair to say that the more scent, the more the aromatherapy benefit is realized. If it assists us to chill and the time is taken to spoil then there is a definite advantage from burning a great smelling candle. It is interesting to keep in mind that the candles that generate the most ideal scents are designed to accomplish this without being saturated with oil. It is all part of the art of candle making.

Apart from the happy lighting effect of candles of all sorts and sizes, and the stress-free frame of mind they evoke, there are also massage candles which are relatively new to the industry. These supply aroma, lighting effects and as an included bonus generate a melt after about 15 minutes which should then be employed as a warm massage oil. The most effective premium candles contain moisturizers and vitamins and once applied leave the skin feeling silky and supple.

There is a disagreement between soy based and paraffin based candles as to which is superior. I am not a chemist but have discovered that both contain hydrocarbons, which are just hydrogen and carbon molecules but the soy hydrocarbon is derived from vegetable matter (soy beans) and the other from petroleum by-products. Although regarded harmless, paraffin is known to contain carcinogens and just intuitively , it would seem that the former should offer the least poisonous smoke.

And if you look at where one are actually lighting candles for the majority of the time, it makes sense to take a soy option. This means paying a bit more but it appears well worth it , particularly when you consider that typically candles are being burned inside the house and in confined areas. There seem to be other advantages of soy due to the fact that if spilled it is most definitely easier to clear, as it will clean up with soapy water. Best not to spill it and keep your candle on a dish in any case. Soy wax is a cooler burning candle and from a renewable energy source, so is the green choice to make.

One of the ways that you can reduce smoke is to cut down the wicks. They should be kept to approximately 1/4″ which will also prolong your candle life. Another tip to prolong life is not to burn for more than say 4 hours.

I hope you find this article helpful. Your comments are welcome.

By pauline