Every morning while I am trying to wake up, I light my Essence Of Beauty Soy Candle. Don’t worry. I am not selling candles; at least not yet. I have to admit that I seem to be placing them in each room and lighting them more often. This morning ritual coupled with my “quiet time” and meditation each morning gives me both energy and serenity that lasts throughout the day.
What could be more heavenly than an aroma that makes you swoon with delight?
Do aromas and smells really affect your mood? The answer of course, is definitely “yes.” Have you ever been forced to inhale a foul odor? It can certainly put you in a bad mood and make you feel uncomfortable.
On the other hand, a favorite fragrance could make you feel happy, peaceful and/or energetic.
Charles Spence is a psychology professor at the University of Oxford who has done much work in multisensory perception. He says “Scents and fragrances can alter our mood, often for the better. Your sense of smell has the shortest connection to the emotional parts of the brain so scents can change your mood before you realize why. This route is so short and direct that our conscious thinking brain can’t really step in and modulate…with all other senses, you have to process the information first. But with smell, it’s right there, changing your emotions and triggering me”
Certain aromas produce certain emotions. Here are a few examples:
- Lavender – Relaxation
- Chamomile – uplifting
- Rose and heliotrope – (found in Johnson’s Baby Powder) calming influence cucumber
- Green apple – helps to deal with claustrophobia
- Citrus – happy and invigorated.
- Peppermint- Energy
- Citrus – Happiness
Myth: Scented Candles Are Bad For Your Health
A myth was started and perpetuated that the soot of a burning candle was bad for your health. However, that is not true.
Another Okometric Study that was done in 1997 analyzed furans, polycyclic aromatic hudrocarbons, short-chain-aldehydes and used multile fragrance groupings at a very high fragrance load. Obviously, the study found higher emissions levels for the heavily fragranced candles, but there was still not danger or level of concern.
In 2007, an Okometric Study was done, including the same emissions. It was found that paraffin, soy, palm, stearin and beeswax candles were safe. The emissions posed no risk to human health or indoor air quality.
As far as health issues, Soy Candles are not any better than paraffin candles. I prefer Soy Candles because they hold fragrance oil better than paraffin wax.
So, go ahead and enjoy your candles. A favorite aroma can trigger happy memories, improve your mood and even lower your heart rate.
James Thurber said, There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
2007 Okometric Study Summary (pdf)