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Tips on Scent and Candles

So you want to set the mood with scented candles. May it be a fun gathering, family visit, a date or just a home alone relaxation, there are some things that you should note:

For the Candles:

  1. When selecting a candle by scent, don’t smell the wax. Smell the inside of the lid or container because that’s where the scent collects. The full body of the scent drifts up and collects in the underside of the lid.
  2. Although candle warmers work well for releasing scent in large dosages, you’ll be left with unscented wax after a few uses. So, burning a candle is a more efficient way to release scent into a room. Scent will continue to be released throughout the entire life of your candle.
  3. Plan ahead if you’re counting on having a room enveloped in a candle’s fragrance. A candle’s scent is released through it’s wax pool, and it can take 15 to 30 minutes to develop a pool sizeable enough to fill a room with fragrance.
  4. To combat soot keep your candle away from drafts, keep your wicks trimmed to 1/4 inches and use a candle topper.
  5. To increase the life or your candle, burn it in longer intervals, two, three or four hours at a time. Burning it in short, frequent intervals – ten minutes here, 30 minutes there – actually decreases a candle’s overall number of burn hours.

Now we move on to selecting a scent, sometimes the sales person is helpful and sometimes they are not. Here are some of the effects of different scents according to Dr. Hirsch, otherwise known as Dr. Smell.

– Lavender: Studies show that the smell of lavender triggers alpha waves in the posterior part of the brain associated with a relaxed state. Use this scent when you want to create a relaxing mood in the bathroom or in the family room areas.

— Jasmine: Jasmine’s scent triggers beta waves in the front of the head, which stimulates alertness. Jasmine has been proven to help focus and increases hand-eye coordination. Jasmine should be used at work stations or while studying or doing homework.

— Roses: There are over a hundred varieties of roses and not only is this flower a symbol of romance, but the scent of roses also increases olfactory-evoked nostalgia that will bring happy moments back to memory. Dr. Hirsch recommends using roses in social areas as well as when you have a visitor at your house.

— Violets: Dr. Hirsch’s studies also showed that violets enhance learning speed by 17 percent, and improve concentration when used in study rooms. Violets can be placed on studying and working areas, when reading or doing homework. The fragrance of violets on clothes is a good way to take this flower essence with you to places where you need to stay focused.

— Lilies: The scent of lily has been proven to increase wakefulness and help you stay alert. An arrangement made of lilies in the study area or living room can do the trick when you want to stay alert.

— Cinnamon: According to Dr. Hirsch, cinnamon may also bring happy moments back to memory and may lift your spirits. You can use in your kitchen area after cooking to evoke joyful memories.

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Tips on Greeting Cards

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So once in a while we like to send out a card or two. It’s heart-warming, sincere and sweet- providing you are doing it right. When you are sending a card (especially to those whom you don’t get to see often), it acts as your agent thus it is basically a representative of you. Do it wrong and you will look insincere, thoughtless and stupid (now we don’t want to look stupid do we?). In that case you’d be better off sending a gift without the card.

Here are some tips on greeting cards:

1) Get a real card. If you get insomnia from the guilt of killing a tree, get one that’s made of recycled papers. E-cards are just too common and impersonal. It is hardly as detail as the real thing and it shows you’ve put some effort to actually physically go look around for a card.

2) Do something with it. Don’t just send a card with nothing but the message that came with the card and your signature. Write a personal message or even make a doodle on it shows that you’ve put some thought on it. You may also do something on the envelope, don’t limit yourself to the card. (I personally find putting stickers on envelopes makes the cards more ‘fun.’)

3) Be specific. Don’t just write something general such as “Thank you, you’re a nice person.” Instead, try “Thank you for taking a sincere interest in things that matter to me.”

4) Surprise them. There is no law saying that you can’t send a card unless it’s a holiday or a birthday. Sending an unexpected card for no particular reason can have a better impact. (Like Postcards, “I just thought of you when I’m travelling here)