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Why Scented Candles Make a Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

Feb 10, 2008
At one time in our history, candles were used primarily for functional purposes, to light our homes and businesses after dark. Today, candles are used to help us relax and rejuvenate. Beautifully scented candles are a perfect compliment to a good book, a hot bath and good meal. They are also the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening. With all of their many uses and great benefits, scented candles make the perfect Valentine's Day gift for a special someone or for good friends.

Smell is one of our most powerful and satisfying senses. Smell can help evoke feelings of pleasure, calm and romance. In this article, we will provide three reasons why scented candles would make a great Valentine's Day gifts.

1. Scented Candles are Inexpensive
Scented candles are an inexpensive and charming gift. You can find many great and sensationally smelling candles at really good prices. A good place to begin looking for Valentine's Day candles is at a local candle shop or at a major retailer. You can also find some very unique specialty scents online.

2. Scented Candles Can Affect Mood
Scent can evoke strong emotional reactions and thus affect how we feel. This is in part, because scent affects our olfactory nerves which in turn, have an effect on the limbic system. The limbic system affects things like serotonin. Serotonin is the hormone that makes us feel happy. As a result, scented candles can be very good for one's emotional health.

Our past experiences with a particular scent, also determine our feelings for a certain smell. So ask your friends or your partner what their favorite scents are to make sure that the candles you purchase, trigger happy memories and not bad ones.

3. Scented Candles Can Be Healing
Scented candles with essential oils (also known as aromatherapy candles) have some medicinal affects. Aromatherapy candles can help to quell respiratory, throat, ears and nose irritations. They are also believed to be able to aid individuals with mild forms of depression.

Studies have shown that particular smells can positively affect our emotions, mood, memory and even our physical bodies. Scented candles are an inexpensive and enjoyable way to take advantage of the power of smell. When you are shopping for the Valentine's Day candle be sure to take into account the decor of the home of the person that you are purchasing the candle for. You will want to buy something that looks good in their home. If you don't have an idea of what might look good, simply ask them. The careful consideration and care that goes into choosing just the right scented candle, for the Valentine's Day holiday, will be greatly appreciated by the receiver and will contribute to the quality of the gift.
About the Author
Maya Matthews is a freelance writer at Richly Scented Candles. Visit her to read more about scented candles and aromachology, the study that makes sense of scents.
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