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May 28, 2021 3 min read

Scented candles have become the ultimate cherry-on-top of self-care, making it an accessible, at-home remedy that can instantly pick up sour moods, bust stress, and create the ultimate oasis for unwinding. Lighting up a scented candle after a hectic day at work can effectively spark joy and bring comfort, but what makes pleasant fragrances improve one’s well-being? 

What Makes Scented Candles Relaxing? 

People’s sense of smell is linked to one’s memories, so getting a whiff of certain scents can trigger positive moments or create a reminder. The scent of pine, for instance, can transport the mind to a nature-driven escape. 

Beyond associating smells with memories, certain scents can also stimulate the body and soothe the mind. Lavender, for example, is famously used in aromatherapy since its floral, sweet, and slightly balsamic notes can promote better blood circulation and relieve muscle tension. But where exactly do these health-boosting fragrances come from?

Tracing the Origins of Scented Candles 

More than 2,000 aroma chemicals and essential oils can be infused into candles, many of which are also present in beauty products like soaps, lotions, or shampoos. But it takes more than just blending different scents since created candles involve a lengthy process that takes safety precautions seriously. Generally, the process involves the following:

  • Identifying the amount of wax to use;
  • Melting the wax;
  • Adding color;
  • Adding the essential oils;
  • Molding the wax;
  • Cooling to solidify;

Raw fragrance materials must undergo thorough testing to see if it has any negative impact on the user’s health, so you can have peace of mind knowing that reputable candle manufacturers strictly stick to fragrances that are well-formulated and approved safe to use. 

Many brands are joining the eco-conscious movement; that’s why more companies are producing all-natural and vegan candle options so users can light up a match and relax without harming the environment in the process. 

Different Levels of Fragrances

Before you even light up a scented candle, it’s common to get a waft of the subtle, fragrant notes, like a glimpse of what’s to come later. This is because the fragrances you smell in scented candles are designed to produce three notes: 

  • Top Notes - also known as headnotes-are the sweet and subtle scents you smell first when opening the scented candle. Since it only takes up 15 to 25 percent of the overall fragrance, it tends to evaporate quicker than others;

  • Middle Notes - also called heart notes, these take up 30 to 40 percent of the fragrance and serves as the body. This is the stage when you can enjoy the full nuances of your scented candle.

  • Base Notes - these are the lasting power of your scented candle, which takes up 40 to 55 percent of the overall fragrance. This allows the pleasant smells to stay and permeate in the room for hours. 

The Bottom Line: Understanding Your Scented Candle’s Fragrance

Nothing beats the warm, welcoming, and relaxing vibe candles can bring in a room. Not only do they permeate captivating scents that can uplift the mood, but high-quality candles from Lovespoon Candles can transform your space altogether! 

Why Choose OurBest Smelling Candles to Spruce Up Your Room?

We offer a wide selection of premium soy candles and scented candles — from vanilla bean, lavender, banana nut bread, and more. Browse our colorful selection today and see what our candles can do to brighten up your home.


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