You know how smelling a freshly baked banana loaf, cookies, apple pie or freshly brewed coffee makes your heart sing when you enter a home? Smelling beautiful fresh flowers, woody, spicy or green scents in a home are all creating a certain vibe in a home.
Remember too, entering a museum or a library from your childhood that smelled of leather chairs, hand bound books with a mix of a slightly decrepit smell? Does it make you all warm and fuzzy? It does for me.
Or during Christmas times, when you reminisce of your parents or grandparents' homes smelling of sweet mandarins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and boozy fruity Christmas cakes baking in the oven.
Conversely, odours which are unpleasant like mould, rot, cigarette smoke, etc, can impact our perceptions and our evaluations of a home, shop or office to be negative.
Well, you may know smells are processed in the olfactory cortex of the brain’s limbic system near where emotions are handled and memories are stored. This is what makes the scent memories emotive and ever -lasting.
I don’t know about you but burning a candle or aromatherapy oils in my home (and in a shop) is 101 of ‘How to Make Your House a Home’! Friends and customers are always commenting on how wonderful my home or shop smells. And hopefully this is embedded in their minds and associated with a pleasant experience. My home or shop doesn’t feel quite right without the addition of some lovely quality scents emitting their powers into the air. Candles certainly create ambience in a room and offer soft mood lighting.
As you know, aromatherapy oils have so many benefits from altering one's mood, cognitive, psychological or physical well-being. So you should always read up on or talk to a practitioner about which oils to burn in your home and for what purpose.
It is important to consider what type of candles you are burning in your home. Personally I would never burn a candle with paraffin/petroleum based waxes as clearly these are very toxic and harmful to your body. Be careful too with some soy candle companies who claim to be 100% soy but often can be combined with other waxes since soy wax is not regulated. I’m not going to get into a wax war but there are consumers who are opposed to soy wax for various reasons and there are the purists who will only burn beeswax. Of course, pure beeswax has beautiful qualities and release negative ions into the air to reduce allergens. However, like other waxes, beeswax can be blended with other waxes but still claim to be 100% beeswax. Similarly, the perfume oils and aromatherapy oils have to be well considered, good quality and be as natural as possible in my book. You are always going to find pros and cons for all things and it is very much a subjective topic, so enough about the ingredients.
There are so many candles companies and small independents now making candles of all shapes and sizes, so there is always going to be one to suit all tastes, budgets and of course to flag an emotional response due to memories associated with that scent or something similar.
So to end my ramblings, burning a candle or aromatherapy oils stimulate the olfactory system and create a beautiful vibe in your home or office to be remembered for years to come.
Go on, light a candle or burn some oils today and create a beautiful cosy and inviting atmosphere in your home.
Let me know which are your favourite candles from around the world and your favourite scent!