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Why Do We Like Scented Candles?

Why Do We Like Scented Candles?

It is no secret that fragrances have an effect on us. Whether it alters our moods, brings back memories, or alerts us to dangers. Our sense of smell is vital to our survival. Did you know that we can distinguish up to 1 trillion different scents? You read that correctly! According to a Science Magazine article, we can distinguish between at least 1 trillion different scents. That is incredible! It’s no wonder that its hard for everyone to agree on the best scent.

Why do we like scented candles?

1) Pick What You Like

With so many different scents that we can differentiate between and all of us being unique, scented candles offer an easy and effective way to improve your mood and your home’s ambiance.  You can get a scented candle in just about any fragrance you like, these days. From the popular southern flowers, that only grow in spring to a tropical fruit cocktail that reminds you of your Hawaiian vacation a few summers ago. You could even have a candle that smells like a skunk, if that is your thing. And yes, there are people out there that actually like the smell of a skunk. Check out Rachel S. Herz, Ph.D. article, where she argues that we are taught what scents we like. 

2) AROMATHERAPY

Aromatherapy is the use of  aromatic essential oils to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health. Per a study listed on the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years. It was known to have both physical and psychological benefits. For example, eucalyptus and spearmint can lift your mood while clearing your mind. Cucumber and melon can provide you with a boost of energy. You may be asking yourself, how can a fragrance change your mood? Without getting technical, the fragrance attaches to receptors, which activates neurons. These sensory neurons send electrical signals to the brain. For those that like the technical reading, take a look at the above cited study. It is an interesting read.

3) Home Decor

Scented candles can bring color and fragrances into any home. Sometimes, a scented candle can be that finishing touch you were looking for. Not to mention that the fragrance you choose will also add to the atmosphere you are trying to create.

4) Memories

As stated above, fragrances have a strong effect on mood.  The same receptors and neurons are also connected to the hippocampus, where memories are stored.  A fragrance can immediately take you back to a place or time, most times without you having to actively think about it. For instance, when I am driving down the road, with the windows down, and catch the scent of fresh cut grass, I am brought back to my childhood when I was mowing the lawn for some spare money. You can also reverse this process. You can create your unforgettable moments by introducing a scented candle into your moment. 

5) Spice Up the Seasons

Scented candles are very popular around the holidays, especially the winter holidays. It is easy to enhance the holiday mood with the light of a scented candle. All of us have fragrances that we associate with holidays. Lighting these fragrances in a scented candle can put you in the mood for the holidays. Apple and cinnamon can put you in the mood for Thanksgiving or just the Fall in general. Firs or peppermint bring the Christmas spirit into full effect. While fresh and clean scents like citrus and mint, has Spring all over it. And nothing says summer like tropical fragrances.

We love scented candles because they easily and effectively transport us to a different place or a different state of mind, for a relatively low price. You can have one scented candle that you carry all year round or you can have many, for every mood and  season. The possibilities are endless. 

Check out MR Candle’s store and find the scented candles that match what you are looking for. Also, remember no matter what candle you choose, burn you candles safely.

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