We all know what scented candles are and many a times, we might have received or gifted them to someone we know. The scented candles will not only act as a decorative piece, but they can completely change the vibe of a space.
When lit, they emanate amazing fragrances into the air and works through our olfactory system to affect how we feel. Scented candles have been used since a long time and as part of aroma therapy, they are still quite popular.
However, do you know why scented candles came into being? Let us explore more on the history of scented candles below.
Candles have been an important part of human society for thousands of years. In fact, the only way to see after sunset was through a torch, fire, or candlelight. The torches were not safe inside the house and it was not practical or possible to walk from room to room with them.
Candles were also a useful object in early China. They actually invented a type of calibrated candle called a candle clock that was used to measure time.
In fact, candles originally were not made with the high-quality wax that we have today. Instead, they were made with whale fat in China. Later, Japan learned to extract wax from squirrels.
In the middle ages, candles were often made from animal fat, such as cow and sheep. However, the stench from such candles was so horrible that several cities banned the manufacturing process.
The candles started being manufactured with beeswax, which had lesser odor. When paraffin became commercially available in 1850, soon all candles were made from a type of paraffin.
From the earliest times, candle makers add scents to candles by adding perfume and fragrance. Incense sticks were often used as wicks in candles for aroma.
India introduced the benefits of using wax made from boiling cinnamon. Unlike the use of foul smelling animal fats, the
with cinnamon provided a soothing and fragrant scent.
In the late 1700s Thomas Payne tried to invent a smokeless candle, but he was unable to do so. Before embarking on his political career, Benjamin Franklin also started out as a candle maker, experimenting with a variety of candle-making materials and methods.
One of the reasons for the delay in scented and wickless candles is that after the invention of kerosene lamps, candles took a back seat. However, in the late nineteenth century, with the invention of the light bulb, the candles were almost completely extinguished.
However, the resurgence in the popularity of candles in the 1980s, and especially the 1990s, became an international phenomenon. This was partly due to its decorative value, but its ability to provide a comfortable, modern, and overworked homeowner with the opportunity to create a relaxed atmosphere through aroma therapy.
With the modern age, it became possible to invent scented candles without flames. Wickless scented candles foster healthy, safe, eco-friendly practice. These candles burn high quality wax.