Candles have evolved over time from a utilitarian source of light to a decorative accent that has many different uses and benefits. Candles have been used as a source of light and to illuminate mankind’s celebrations for more than 5,000 years yet little is known about their origin. It is often written that the first candles were developed by ancient Egyptians who used rushlights, or torches.
Majority of the developments impacting contemporary candle-making occurred during the 19th century; for example, paraffin wax was introduced in the 1850's after chemists learned how to efficiently separate the waxy substance from petroleum and refine it.
Candles symbolize celebration, signify romance, soothe the senses, define ceremony and accent the style of home decors. They instantly change the ambiance of any indoor or outdoor setting by adding light to any space without the harshness of a bright electric bulb.
Here are a few ways you'll benefit from burning candles:
AMBIANCE & ATMOSPHERE
The flicker of candlelight produces a lovely ambiance that simply cannot be replicated. Lighting a few well-placed candles in your home can really add effect and create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Adding a candle here-and-there will create softness in your room and instantly make it feel warm and welcoming; try our "Lumiere" mini tin candle with a luxurious spa scent.
Candles are known for their soothing, healing properties and are often used by therapists, such as massage therapists, to create a peaceful ambiance in their therapy rooms. The sheer act of lighting a candle, its lovely flicker and the gentle glow it creates, helps ease and soothe the mind. Give it a try the next time you have a stressful day: light a candle, watch the flame and just breathe for a few minutes - even just 60 seconds can make a big difference.
Aromatherapy candles can help you relax, feel calm, energized and help your brain get into a more productive mindset. Lavender candles help ease your mind and relive stress. Eucalyptus candles are energizing and improve focus. Lemon candles also energizing and can relieve anxiety and depression.
CELEBRATION & ROMANCE
Whether you’re lighting candles on a cake or setting a romantic candlelit dinner to celebrate your anniversary with your significant other, candles are a wonderful way to mark celebrations such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, retirement and so much more.
Candles make perfect gifts and a nice treat to yourself! Our beautifully packaged, strong scented soy candles are hand poured made using a blend of all-natural soy wax and the maximum ratio of fragrance oil (almost double the recommended amount) for the best fragrance throw. Our Mona Valenza Crystal Collection candles make great gifts for anyone, our Ceramic Crystal Candles make unique housewarming and thank you gifts, and our Mini Tin Crystal Candles and England Rose Collection are great gifts for her.
Candles are a stylish way to add the finishing touch to any room in your house. Use subtle colors add a soft touch to any space; or go with bright, bold colors to really make an impact. Candles are very versatile, come in a variety of styles and look great in every room. Bathroom candles provide a spa-like retreat, strategically placed candles throughout your living room make it cozy and calm , candles at the centerpiece of your dining room table keep romantic candlelit dinners within arms reach, and kitchen candles spark the atmosphere where we gather most often and can kill odors. Use candles outdoors on your patio, porch, deck and in your garden to create a magical, whimsical escape; burn a citronella candle to keep bugs away.
No matter how you approach interior design, candles add to your home decoration.
Scented candles are a perfect way to subtly add a wonderful fragrance to your space, and cover-up unwelcome odors. There are a wide variety of scented candles available for purchase in a number of fragrance types: everything from fruity to baked goods; from herbal, earthy to airy and clean, to Mona Valenza's designer type original and delicious fragrances.
Add scent without the soot: The Mona Valenza Crystal Candle Collection is made from soy way and are soot free, non-toxic, burn clean, and last much longer than traditional paraffin which produces black soot and releases toxic carcinogens into the air.
Burning candles can be beneficial to your health. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is self-care and taking care of your mind: lighting candles can provide the perfect atmosphere to induce calm and a sense of well-being. If you ever feel enveloped by fear or feel anxious, burning candles can help with anxiety.
MEDITATION & PRAYER
Lighting candles during meditation is a wonderful way to support your practice. There are many visualization exercises and manifestation techniques that involve focusing on the flame of a burning candle while sending your intentions into the universe. Candles are also used during prayer.
REMEMBRANCE & SUPPORT
Our sense of smell is strongly tied with memory, so we often associate a specific scent with a moment or memory. One of the joys of selling candles is when our customers share memories as they smell our fragrances or use them to celebrate beautiful traditions.
A few of our favorites are:
- After smelling "La Vie en Rose", (chanel type fragrance) a woman said it reminded her of the trips made to Paris in her youth.
- A co-worker said that "Lumiere" reminded her of the peacefulness, freshness and elegance of the spa she once visited in Switzerland.
- "Rainbow Heart" immediately triggers fond memories of babies and childhood for many of our customers.
Not only can candles trigger specific memories, they can also be used in remembrance of loved ones we’ve lost. Our communities hold candlelight vigils to show support for specific causes. Many churches have tables where you can light a candle for a loved one.
Just like everyone has different tastes in fashion and music, everyone has particular fragrance preferences and everybody smells scents differently. Show off your individuality and personality by burning the scents that you love. And just like your style choices, never feel insecure about what you like. Embrace it! You do you.
You don’t have to leave your candles behind when you travel: take all these benefits on the road with you. Pack our Mini Tin Candles and turn any space, anywhere in the world, into your own personal sanctuary. Feel at home anywhere with your favorite scent burning.
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