While you probably wouldn’t be visiting my site if you didn’t enjoy the wide array of gorgeous luxury candles out there, you might not know that they actually have many health, productivity, and environmental benefits! From ancient legends about the beauty benefits of lighting candles to the known emotional lift that they can provide, the advantages of high-quality candles are becoming increasingly recognized.
In this article, I explore some of the lesser-known benefits of luxury candles. Because, let’s face it, even though we really don’t need a reason to buy a new luxury candle, it’s always nice to be able to justify the expense!
1. Enhance Your Memory
Did you know that smell is one of the sensations most closely tied to memory? I’m not sure if you ever learned about Pavlov’s Dog—for weeks, the scientist rang a bell before feeding his dog so that the dog eventually started salivating from just hearing the bell ring, anticipating the arrival of his food. Believe it or not, it was the smell of the food that the dog remembered, which would trigger the drool.
The same effect occurs in humans, without the drool of course! If you’re having trouble remembering names or memorizing new information, consider burning the same candle each time you study or when you know that you will be meeting new people. By smelling the same fragrance again, studies suggest, you may be able to stimulate that part of your memory.
I like to burn a candle with a subtle yet distinct scent when I’m mastering a tricky new recipe in the kitchen. Then, the next time I’m ready to make that meal again, I light the same candle; I’ve found that the details of the meal prep. come to me much more naturally with that familiar scent floating in the air.
2. Support the Environment
While classic paraffin candles produce soot, which can be quite toxic to the environment, the natural ingredients often found in luxury candles can actually remove pollutants from the air. Beeswax candles, in particular, release negative ions as they burn, canceling out the effect of the positive ions found in pollutants such as dust, pollen, and dirt. Some have even claimed that beeswax candles help improve their asthma or allergies.
The biggest benefit of luxury candles compared to their less expensive counterparts, however, is their increased burn time. These longer burn times equate to less waste in terms of production, shipping, and packaging, meaning a far smaller carbon footprint.
Plus, the extra burn time makes luxury candles a much better value.
3. Increase Productivity
One of the biggest issues that a lot of workaholics face today is eye strain. Seriously, how long do you spend each day looking at your cell phone, computer, or tablet, checking emails or writing reports? And then how much longer do you play on your cell phone or watch TV when you get home?
It’s no wonder that an estimated 75% of people who use two or more of these devices report suffering from eye strain.
While it may come as a surprise, candlelight can actually soothe your eyes. Just by turning off that harsh overhead lamp and lighting some candles, you are doing your eyes a world of good. The gentler glow of candles can offer your eyes some much needed relief from all the bright screens while also decreasing stress.
These are just a few of the less recognized benefits of luxury candles—I constantly find myself discovering new, awesome reasons for adding to my collection!