The evenings are getting longer, the magic of the Christmas season is beginning to show around us. And there is nothing quite like a cosy evening when it is cold outside. One of my favourite things to do on such an evening is to light a candle, well when I say candle times, that by about ten and we are getting nearer to reality. I don’t know what it is about candles, but they have a tremendous effect on a room. I have them everywhere from the kitchen to the lounge and even in the downstairs loo! The glow, the warmth, the calming atmosphere it creates, there is something genuinely comforting about having candles burning in the home. It helps me relax and take a step back, even for a few moments to take care of me.
I like to mix it up with a variety of scented and unscented candles. The options are endless, from the simple tealights to the magnificent church pillar candles of traditional wax. On occasions, you may even find me lighting them in the morning. Nothing brings me more joy in my home than when I sit down in the evening relaxing seeing those little flickers of candlelight which brings a sense of calm.
I like my candles to be made of natural candle waxes like soy and beeswax. They are so gorgeous to have around. Also, I want to mix scents depending on which room I have them in; I love the smokey sexy aromas for a downstairs cloakroom or lounge and something floral for the bathroom; in the bedroom, I tend to have unscented, as that is just my personal preference.
Different candle holders can make a huge difference; a simple tealight displayed in a beautifully cut holder can make the light dance and create differently patterned glows on the surrounding walls. They don’t have to be expensive either; recycle old jars and use old glasses to display candles; they can be tremendous at making the candle glow and create a natural ambience in the home.
Also, with impending rises in electricity, now may be the perfect time to switch over to using the beautiful candle glow to light your home and save on those bills. So you are doing your bit for the environment also.
What is your favourite type of candle and fragrance? Let me know in the comments!
Take care, Claire x