Choosing The Right Candle For Your Home

Many people use candles in their home for far more than just being handy,when the electric goes off. They are now an essential part of a room’s ambience and décor, and can be obtained in a myriad of shapes, sizes, colours and scents. Here are some ideas for you to consider.

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Think About Colour

The colour of a candle may well, but not always, denote the fragrance that will fill the room. So when buying, consider not only that it will match your décor, but whether the strong scent of lemon, orange or blueberry is what you require. Often the description will make it obvious,but a little investigation will allow you to find bright coloured candles, that are not scent specific.

Size & Height

This may seem a bit unimportant at first, but consider where the candles are going. Long tall, church candles may look impressive, but you need the space for them, and maybe even a pedestal to put them on. Ones that go on shelves and window ledges, may need to be small and somewhat guarded, by being inside a non-flammable container. Candles for alcoves that throw an enhanced colour into the room will need a transparent candle holder, although natural crystals make excellent candle holders.

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Bring Height To Your Room With Pillar Candles

Choosing The Perfect Fragrance

Summer fresh or winter warmth, the smell of home baking or oriental mystery, you can choose. There are fragrances for just about every situation and room in the house.

If you hold dinner parties, you may require something that does not overpower the smell of your hard work in the kitchen, but gives a pleasant feeling to your table arrangements like our cosy Home Sweet Home Housewarmer Jar. In the bathroom, a lighted candle can help with general odour, or accompany your luxuriously long soak. Take a look at the Colony Home Doctor Bathroom Fresh Votives.

If you are an animal lover and share your home with cats and dogs, or if you live in an old house that has its own particular smell, odour eliminating candles can be a godsend, to aid in keeping the home somewhat fresh.

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Think of The Occasion

Everyone associates candles flickering, with romance. It may not be such a good idea, to have them situated, all around the bed. However, they can play their part in the dining room, during an intimate dinner for two. The Frosted Rose Scented Glitter Jar Candle is ideal for this purpose, being a striking centrepiece and very romantic.

Many people also use scented candles for meditation, to create a calming atmosphere and the right ambience to go into a deep state, or even go astral travelling. The art of Feng Shui is now very popular, and many people consider the layout of the room to be exceedingly beneficial to harmony and calm in their lives. Candles often play a big part in creating the right balance.

 

A Beginner’s Guide To Candle Colour Therapy

Candle colour therapy utilises the influences of different colours to promote a wide range of different vibes and moods, as well as positively influencing our mental health in a wide variety of ways. Each colour in the spectrum is associated with different influential energies as well as particular Chakras (points of the body aligned with our spiritual energy). Take a look at our infographic below to find out the physical and spiritual associations that your favourite colours hold.

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Considering all the positive permutations that are possible, it’s easy to see why coloured candles have consistently been one of the most caring, considerate and rewarding gifts we can give to our loved ones as well as ourselves. Enjoy decorating your home with our beautiful selection of coloured pillar candles, tea lights and much more!

Christmas Party Candle Ideas

Christmas parties are lively, fun, spirited and vibrant and when decorating for this special occasion it’s time to pull out all the stops. The use of candles can significantly enhance the overall look and feel of a Christmas party, creating a classy and stimulating edge. If you are unsure about how to utilise these timeless Xmas aides, then take a look at the following top Christmas party candle ideas. If you’re striving to create a traditional festive look at your Christmas party the pillar candles will augment the traditionalism of the occasion. Opt for a traditional festive colour, such as gold, red or green, or a pillar candle with Christmassy patterns embellished onto the wax, such as stars, snowflakes and ivy. Scatter this classic Christmas décor throughout the house. Make sure you light these elegant and striking candles before your guests arrive to make a decorative statement in your home.

Christmas Scented Candles

So Christmas might not be synonymous with garden partying but if the lawn is crisp with snow or the sky is blue (it can occasionally happen) you may want to take your guests outdoors for some fresh air. Outdoor garden candles will make a great addition to a Christmas party that ventures outdoors. The Jar Candle in red is an ideal outdoor decoration for a Christmas party. With a robust jar that shields the flame from the elements, this stylish candle is designed to weather the great outdoors. In glowing with such vibrant colour will create a warm and welcoming mood in even the frostiest of gardens at Christmas.

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Christmas Dinner Candles

Whether you are serving buffet-style finger food or a full sit-down meal, your Christmas dinner table is likely to be one of the focal points of your party. The table therefore needs to be decorated suitably. Being tall, slender and elegant, Christmas dinner candles set the scene impeccably. For a real festive feel, place red tapered dinner candles in the centre of the table. For additional warmth and effectiveness, aim to have enough candles lighting up the dining room and dinner table that you eradicate the need for any artificial lighting.

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Christmas Dinner Candles

Christmas Tea Lights

Whatever time of year it is tea lights always make a great addition to a party but particularly during the festive season when decorations and accessories are all about creating a characterful and atmospheric ambience. Scattering Christmas tea lights throughout the rooms the guests will be in will add a warm and welcoming cheer to the party. Putting tea lights in rooms where guests are likely to visit more infrequently such as the bathroom and cloakroom will be a classy and thoughtful touch. As it is likely to be dark when your guests either arrive or depart, lighting up the walkway with a row of tea lights in order to guide guests into the entrance of the party would be a sensible and welcoming precaution.

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Tea Light Candles for Christmas

Fun Christmas Candle Games

There’s lots of fun to be had with candles during Christmas time when the house is often full of folks wanting to have a bit of fun. Here are five original games to play and make the most out of your candles.

Candle Car Racing

Attach a short candle to a matchbox or small piece of wood (your ‘car’) by melting a bit of wax onto the surface and placing the candle firmly onto it before it solidifies. Then get a long piece of string, between a metre or two in length, and tie one end to your candle car and the other end to a pen or pencil. After lighting the candle and laying out the string, you must ‘drive’ your car to the finish line by winding the string around the pencil. If the car topples or the candle goes out then you must stop and set it right and relight the flame before continuing.

Candle Archery Contest

It’s not really archery, I suppose, because the bow and arrow is simply your breath, but the principle is basically the same. Set up a series of target candles, each further away than the last, and attempt to blow them out one at a time, scoring points according to the distance between you and the candle. The ideal candle for this kind of game would be the Bolsius Tapered Candles as they are sturdy, colourful and available at a good price.

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Two blindfolded players stand facing each other while holding a lit candle in one hand. They can move it to wherever they like but must keep it in that place for the entirety of their opponent’s move. Then they take turns trying to blow their opponent’s candle out, though they can only blow in one direction (no whirling about blowing everywhere). It will need a referee, or even better why not team up and have sighted partners give directions, perhaps with some restrictions on what they can say to help their blindfolded teammate.

Candle Relay Racing

There are couple of varieties of this kind of game you can try. One version is to give two teams two candles each and light them to begin. Then, the first players have to blow out one candle and relight it with the other, before blowing out the second candle and relighting it with the first candle. Then he passes the two relit candles onto his teammate who repeats the process. Another version is to use just one candle but provide the team with a lighter or box of matches, and each player has to blow out the candle and then relight it before passing it on.

Fireman Frenzy

An outdoors game, unless you don’t mind drenching your living room carpet, in which you line up a series of candles at suitable distances from each other and attempt to extinguish the flames with water. Various methods can be applied, from taking a mouthful of water from a cup and aiming with your mouth or even using a water pistol. You can have singles competition or team up and try to put out all the candles before the other mob. As the candles get soaked, it can be a good idea to use plain Unscented Tealight Candles as they are cheap and plentiful.

5 Reasons Why Candles Make Great Christmas Gifts

Candles can be great gifts for friends and loved ones, but it’s not just because they are nice little ornaments. Their symbolism, if presented correctly, can be incredibly heart-warming and afford the gift of a candle a thoughtful relevance that other fancier presents just don’t have. Here are five ways in which candle gifts can be far more than the mere sum of their parts.

Christmas Candle Ideas

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1) Scented candles are wonderful at this time of year as their nostalgic scents can instantly create a seasonal atmosphere in any room of the house. Waft an Apple and Pine Needle Scented Candle aroma throughout the hallways and let it permeate every inch of your home to really kick start Christmas and get everybody in the mood for some holiday fun.

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Christmas Pillar Candles

2) A collection of Christmas Pillar Candles can make a lovely gift for a grandparent who overseas a large family, especially if there should be a candle for each member of their family so the lighting of them all becomes a ritual of remembrance and heart-warming reflection upon all the people that they love and love them the most.

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Christmas Candle Gifts

3) The gift of a candle to a parent, particularly a mother, is hugely symbolic as it was the mastering of fire which helped the human race survive, develop and progress to where we are now. The flame of a candle represents our acknowledgement of the debt we owe those who fed and cared for us during our most vulnerable moments and who guided us through our childhoods to become the awesome adults that our mothers think we are today. A meaningful narrative accompanying the gift of a candle can elevate its importance above all the other gifts, even the big expensive ones which are just showing off really. Every mother knows that.

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4) Because candles are made of wax, and wax melts under the heat of a flame, they can symbolise the relationship between our hearts and that which melts them: the pure loveliness of our partners. Show him or her how much you love them by lighting a Red Heart Candle and explaining that the flame is her love, and we are just melted wax at the mercy of her favour, willing to sacrifice ourselves to keep their fabulous flame burning. Getting super soppy instead of splashing out can be a great way of saving money on presents as well.

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Ivory Floating Candles

5) Finally, never underestimate the practical use of a candle or set of candles. If you know someone who lives in a place that doesn’t have a dimmer switch on their living room light, then a gift of candles will allow them to create an ambient effect during their evenings relaxing in front of the TV. Having a few candles around can always serve as emergency lighting during a power cut, plus a good few of them lit at once will raise the temperature a little which is always worthwhile during these winter months. Consider something simple yet incredibly useful like a set of Tealight Candles, which make extremely thoughtful stocking fillers.