Scented Candle Day

Scented Candle Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 1st of November and a day that encourages everyone to consider scented candles for their home and/or office.

These candles are known to have a relaxing effect that only now has been explained by science. It appears that the scent provided by these candles stimulates the human limbic system — a part of the brain that handles emotion and memory.

This can cause mood-regulating drugs such as serotonin and dopamine to be released by the brain, calming a person down and causing their body to relax. Everyone should try to observe this holiday when it comes around and see if these candles have a relaxing effect on them.

The History Of Scented Candle Day

It’s believed that the ancient Egyptians were the ones who first began to use wicked candles around 5,000 years ago. They made these candles by taking rolled papyrus and dipping it repeatedly in melted beeswax or tallow until the candle was completely formed. These candles were then used in religious ceremonies, for lighting people’s homes, and for traveling at night.

During the Middle Ages, tallow candles were used heavily, but they had a major drawback. They produced tons of smoke. Beeswax candles were introduced during this time, and they did burn cleaner and without all of the smoke, but they weren’t available to anyone but the wealthiest of individuals and the clergy.

Few advances would occur in candle technology from the 13th century through the 18th century, but some great advances began happening during the 19th century. This is when French chemist Michel Eugene Chevreul discovered how to extract stearic acid from animal fatty acids. This would create stearin wax, a type of wax that burned cleaner than either tallow or beeswax. Also during this time, paraffin was also introduced.

We’re unsure exactly when scented candles were invented, but we know that they began to become popular in the 1980s. Now, scented candles are extremely popular and are sold all over the world. As far as when Scented Candle Day was invented, we’re not quite sure when that was created either. All that we know is that it’s a holiday that was invented sometime after 2015.

Observing Scented Candle Day

Scented Candle Day can be observed by taking a few moments to buy a new scented candle or to use one that you already own. These candles can also be given as gifts to people that you might think would appreciate one. And, of course, you can always use the hashtag #ScentedCandleDay to spread the word about this holiday online.

When is it?
This year (2023)
November 1 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
November 1 Friday
Last year (2022)
November 1 Tuesday
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