International Scented Candle Day
annually on November 1st (since 2019)
International Scented Candle Day is "a day fully dedicated to the world of scented candles across the globe." Scented candles, used as part of home decor, have fragrances that create an ambiance and evoke moods. Peace, tranquility, coziness, fond memories, and romance may be brought forth by a scented candle. A scented candle may be uplifting or may promote relaxation or focus. Scented candles may also be used to cover up bad smells.
Scented candles are made by pouring blended liquid wax and fragrances into jars with one or more wicks. The candles vary in shape and color. They can be a single color or a mixture of colors. The candles are often infused with fragrance oils: human-made oils designed to be time-released. Candles may also be scented with essential oils, spices, flowers, and fruit extracts. Candles may have a mild scent that lasts for a long time or a strong scent that quickly burns up the wax. The scent comes from a wax pool created by the flame and from the solid candle. The fragrance that emits from a candle that's not lit is known as the "cold throw" effect.
How to Observe International Scented Candle Day
- Light a scented candle, use one with a candle warmer, or buy a new scented candle and set it out, but keep it unlit. Perhaps you could pick up some candles with scents used for relaxation, focus and concentration, or calming from anxiety or stress.
- Most candles should be burned for between two to four hours at a time, so they burn evenly, the flame doesn't get too large, the wick doesn't "mushroom," and the candle doesn't smoke. Wait a few hours before relighting a candle. Also, make sure not to leave a lit candle unattended or near flammable objects. A way to safely extinguish your candles is with a candle snuffer.
- Make homemade scented candles. Use some articles to help you:
- Make sure you know the ingredients in your scented candles. Don't use candles made with waxes made from paraffin or petroleum, which can emit fumes that may be toxic. Candles made from soy, coconut, or beeswax are healthier choices.
- Get involved with the National Candle Association.