I love candles! Wait, I feel like you can’t infer my love of candles through that measly little sentence. Let me try again. I really, really, REALLY love candles! (Better?) I have multiple candles in every room of the house. We are slightly picky on scents just because the husband “doesn’t do sweet”. But man, candles are my jam. Not a day goes by that I don’t have one burning.
Oh candles, how I love thee! Let me count the ways. Elizabeth Barrett Browning I am not. However, candles have been around since ancient times. Some say it was the Romans who created the wicked candle, some say the Egyptians. Either way, candles have been used throughout history in a myriad of ways. For example, they can help to relieve stress, aid in spirituality, induce certain emotions, or invoke memories all thanks to our wonderful olfactory function.
I can light a particular candle and be reminded of my grandmother, or the hotel from our honeymoon, a perfume my mother wore when I was a kid, the night the husband proposed, a family vacation, etc. Who doesn’t want to evoke certain warm and fuzzies? Even if they don’t bring back a certain memory all the yummy smells still make me happy. Plus, they’re pretty! I love candles with pretty packaging. No clue why, it’s not like they smell better than others but pretty packaging just does it for me. Also, I love soft lighting. In the evenings you will be hard-pressed to find an overhead light on in the house. It is all lamps and candles. So soothing and relaxing after a long day. Plus, on top of it all, my house just feels cleaner when it smells good.
So a big thank you to the Egyptians, Romans, or whoever first invented them and for those of you artisans who continue to make them for creating these delightful little waxy deliciously yummy scented fire sticks for my enjoyment.
Sawdust & Embers – based out of Garland
Avant-garde Home – based out of Houston
Kuhdoo Soap – based out of Austin
The Tiny Collection – based out of Dallas
Circle 21 Candles – based out of Amarillo
Mind Your Own Beeswax – based out of Conroe
Comfort Candle Company – based out of Comfort
Tradition Scents – based out of Willis
Boho Circus – based out of Austin
Benjamin Roe Co – based out of Victoria
Fortitude Provisions – based out of Austin
ACDC Candle Co – based out of Dallas
Resoycled Candle Co – based out of Fort Worth
Marvel + Moon – based out of Denton
*Photo Credit: All photos taken directly from shop’s websites