You can walk in literally any department store, grocery store, pharmacy or gift shop and you will invariably find a huge display of candles, scented and unscented. They are one of the trendiest items at the moment, both for personal use as well as for gifts, so it is important to know how to shop for just the right candle. Believe it or not, it’s almost as much a science as it is an art in knowing how to choose a candle, but why they are so popular is another matter altogether. Let’s explore some of those reasons. Once you know what you are looking for, you’ll understand why they are so popular!
Candles Have Been Equate with Romance Since the Beginning of Time
Whenever you hear of a couple having a romantic dinner for two or an evening at home sipping the bubbly, candlelight always comes to mind. What would a romantic dinner be without candles, anyway? So, perhaps one of the biggest reasons they are so popular is because candlelight is considered to be romantic in literally every country around the world.
Scented Candles Keep Rooms Smelling Fresh and Clean
Here is where personal preference really comes into play. Everyone has favorite scents and that is to be expected. However, there are some hard-to-find scents out there, as well as some which are only crafted by some of the world’s greatest candlemakers, so those would be the most challenging to find. For example, Frostbeard Studio in Minneapolis carries a designer line called “Oxford” in which each candle in the line is crafted to smell like a particular book or genre. If shopping for someone who loves to read, this would make an ideal gift!
Ambient Environment for Reflection – Candles Are Calming
Another reason candles are so popular is because they don’t put out the same lumens as electric lights and the flickering of the flame makes for the perfect focus when meditating or relaxing. Whether you simply want to spend a few moments in quiet reflection, meditate to find your center, or simply want to rid yourself of the harsh lights that keep you from relaxing, candles are the perfect solution. Even those small electric lights for candelabras don’t quite cut it. The don’t flicker and the light is just not natural. For those times you are looking to meditate, pray or simply relax in evening hours, candles are the perfect source of calming and ambient light.
As you can see, candles are popular for a number of reasons and you can be sure that there are few homes that don’t even have a small supply lying around. What you should know about choosing the right candles is to first know why you want that candle. Once you know that, you can find at least one candle that meets your needs. Scented candles are by far the most popular because of aromatherapy, but unscented candles are popular as well. In short, consider what you want from a candle and it is easy to find the right one for you.