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Love is in the Air: The Best Candle Scents & Settings for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and candles are a sweet and simple way to spread the love. With their warm glow and alluring scents, candles can soften the ambiance of any room and evoke a sense of intimacy.

Whether you’re spending time with a partner or treating yourself, here are a few ways to incorporate candles into your celebration.

Gift it, and Mean it

According to a recent survey from the National Retail Federation, consumers are spending more money on Valentine’s Day gifts than ever before, with an increase of $60 between 2009 and 2019. This generosity is no longer primarily limited to romantic partners, with more people purchasing gifts for other loved ones such as friends, family, or co-workers.

Plus, those go-to giant teddy bears are starting to get swapped for gifts that tell a story or evoke specific emotions. A quarter of the survey’s respondents plan to give a “gift of experience” this year. This experience-centric mindset is especially popular among the millennial generation, offering the opportunity to create a special and unique memory.

Candles are a great way to give every day experiences or indulgences. Looking to make things extra meaningful on February 14th? Treat your best friend or significant other to a customized candle, with a personalized photo and message or pick a scent that will evoke a favorite memory.

Ignite Emotions With the Sweetest Scents

Since scent is a powerful trigger of emotion, fragranced candles are a simple way to establish those Valentine’s Day vibes. Patchouli and rosewood fragrances are known for their aphrodisiac effect. Uplifting floral scents can also cause sparks to fly, such as Lavender LemongrassFresh Cut Roses, or Golden Gardenia. Other romantic options include jasmine, honeysuckle, or cherry blossom.

For a masculine aroma, try lighting a stronger yet snuggly scent such as Firewood. No fresh bouquet this year? No problem. Try a scent like Rose Water & Ivy.

Set the Mood With Romantic Lighting

When it comes to creating a romantic ambiance, it’s all in the lighting. The soft flicker of candle light is perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner date, as it eliminates surrounding distractions and allows you to fully focus on each other.

If you’re planning to enjoy a home-cooked meal, add some extra elegance to your table by mixing candles of different heights and shapes into centerpieces. Scatter red rose petals around the table for an extra dash of drama.

While red and pink candles can help represent love and attraction, white candles will also match well with any table setting. Creative candle vessels are another great way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit. Try displaying a fun message or showcasing an eye-catching design.

Since there’s no bigger buzzkill than an accidental fire, always make sure you’re following all candle safety measures. Keep burning candles within sight, and make sure all candles are far away from anything flammable.

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