Take a breather and relax as we celebrate Scented Candle Day on November 1. Scented Candle Day is the perfect day for you to let your hair down and relax. This day is celebrated to appreciate the calming effects of scented candles, and it is a day for relaxation, and it gives respite from the normal bustle of life. Take a calming bath and light a few candles to calm the jittery energy.
History of Scented Candle Day
Candles have been around for thousands of years. There is no exact date to pinpoint the origin of candlemaking, but there is documentation of different civilizations creating candles for more than 5,000 years. The ancient Egyptians are documented to make candles in 3000 B.C. from a combination of animal fat and reeds. The reed wasn’t like the wick we use today, but they used animal fat as the wax we use today. In around 500 B.C., the Romans made candles by dipping rolled papyrus made from the papyrus plant’s pith, and repeatedly melted the tallow (made from melted beef or mutton fat) or beeswax to form the first candlewick.
Evidence shows that around the world, other civilizations also used wicked candles. The Chinese made wicks from rolled rice paper, and their wax was made from a combination of insects and seeds or whale fat. The Japanese are said to make their candles from wax extracted from tree nuts, and in India, people made wax by boiling the fruit of the cinnamon tree. These were probably the first scented candles as they gave off a pleasant smell when burned.
Candles lost their popularity as essentially an illuminating material with the invention of the light bulb in 1879. Candles then became a decorative item, and first scented candles became available. By the mid-1980s, candles were established as a great mood enhancer, gifts, and decorative items.
Scented Candle Day timeline
The ancient Egyptians are documented to make a candle from a combination of animal fat and reeds.
The Romans make candles by dipping rolled papyrus which is made from the pith of the papyrus plant, and they repeatedly melt the tallow (made from melted beef or mutton fat) or beeswax to form the first candlewick.
Candles lose their popularity as essentially an illuminating material with the invention of the light bulb in 1879.
Candles are established as a great mood enhancer, gifts, and decorative items.
Scented Candle Day FAQs
What do scented candles represent?
It represents romance, passion, warmth, spirituality, and mystery.
What do candles represent during the day of the dead?
Candles invite spirits back to their altars.
How long should the first burn last?
For the first burn, candles are supposed to be burned for at least one hour.
Scented Candle Day Activities
Light a Candle
Light a candle and immerse yourself in the fragrance. Choose your favorite scent and relax.
Explore various fragrances
Scented candles come in various fragrances. Explore all fragrances and find out your new favorite scent.
Buy scented candles
This day is your day. Go out and buy yourself some much-needed scented candles.
5 Facts About Candles
Candle were eaten during famines
Candles were made from animal products such as beef fat or beeswax, so it was not unusual for them to be eaten during famines.
Ancient Greece and candles
Candles on the cake represented the glowing moon, the temple of Artemis, the Goddess of the hunt, and the moon.
Scented candles impact taste buds
Our sense of smell highly influences our sense of taste.
Poland produces the most candles
Poland produces 38% of all candles produced in the European Union.
Candle production is increasing in the E.U.
In 2018, candle production was worth €1,638 million, an 11% increase from 2013.
Why We Love Scented Candle Day
It is a day for relaxation
This day lets you take a breather from the usual hustle and bustle of life. It lets you relax and calm your mind.
It affects the senses
The pleasant scent of candles calms your senses. The aromatic senses calm your nerves and let your defenses down.
It celebrates candles
Candles have a long history. They helped us see in the dark, and now they help us relax.
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