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    Healing scented candles 

    Hands up who loves gorgeous scented candles and melts?

    They are also the perfect gift to give someone - a light beacon in darker times.

     Enliven Essential Oil Candle

    But why do people sometimes get headaches from burning candles? Or they start to feel nauseous.

    This is likely to be because of the ingredients used in particular the fragrance or perfume.  A fragrance is a man-made synthetic chemical perfume blend.

    This is why some people prefer to use essential oils which are pure plant extracts made often by steam distilling flowers, bark, roots, leaves, peel, seeds depending on the plant.

    It is the essential oils in plants that give them their own smell and flavour. They contain the essence of nature.

    When you smell a gorgeous bunch of Roses or walk in a field full of Lavender or rub some Rosemary sprigs when in the garden, the smell it releases is the essential oil.

    Aromatherapy or using essential oils is a thousand years old healing technique used to enhance physical and psychological health and wellbeing. The individual chemical constituents give the essential oils the healing properties used as remedies for many common ailments.

    Essential oils and aromatherapy has many more benefits than just a lovely smell.

    Each essential oil has their own healing properties and by blending a combination of oils you can create a gorgeous candle with an amazing healing scent.

    Depending on the individual essential oils used, you can create an individual healing blend for the purpose you want.  This could be uplifting or invigorating to stimulate, or relaxing or soothing oils to calm and slow the mind, concentrate and focus, boosting immunity, regulating hormones and much more.

    How do you use essential oils?

    Through the skin:
    Aromatherapy massage where essential oils are added to the massage medium for absorption through the skin.

    Essential oil melts

    Through inhalation:
    The quickest way for an essential oil to get into the system is via inhalation through the nose.

    When using an essential oil candle or wax melts, the scents are released through the heat and through breathing in, enter our body and allow the properties of the oils to do what it does.

    Amazing isn't it? You can have a gorgeous smelling candle that also has therapeutic effects and is a completely natural way to fragrance your home.

    Chantal Nogbou
    Dragonfly Acupuncture Leeds

    Denbies Candles has a range of essential oil candles and wax melts allowing you to fragrance your home naturally.  View our full range on our website.

  2. Running a small business on your own is much more difficult than I first imagined!  There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes and lots of admin too! In addition to running Denbies Candles I also work part-time. So, in the run up to Christmas, which is my busiest time of the year, and with a young daughter to look after, it’s frantic to say the least!


    I drop my daughter off at pre-school before heading into the office for the morning.  Last week, I had a last-minute wholesale candle order to be included in corporate Christmas hampers. As soon as I get home, it’s straight into candle making and during the evening I’m packing orders. My husband has kindly offered (well, been persuaded) to help!

    Candle Making


    It’s another full day in the office today, I did manage to schedule my social media posts for the week during my lunch hour and on the drive home I ran through my to-do list. During the evening I finished off the candles - wick trimming, labelling, allocate batch numbers. I also began to start making reed diffusers to make sure I have enough stock for my forthcoming craft fairs. 


    It’s another full day in the office so after picking my daughter up and the bedtime routine, I don’t start “work” until 7.30pm. I continued packing orders and labelling new products as well as doing a stock take just to make sure the quantities on my website match the stock available.


    I delivered candles and reed diffusers to two of my local stockists and then went back into the kitchen to make 200 individual wax melts for another wholesale order.  I quickly gathered all my stock together, loaded the car (via picking my daughter up from pre-school and taking her swimming) and headed to a local school for a late-night Christmas shopping event.


    After spending the morning packing orders and a quick trip to the post office we spent some quality family time together. I do find it hard to switch off when it is so busy, but we enjoyed a trip into Huddersfield for a relaxing few drinks in a Christmas tipi before having something to eat. This is what Christmas is truly about.

     Christmas Drinks


    The weather was miserable today, so my little girl spent the day playing and watching Disney Films (literally on a constant loop). In between keeping her entertained I packed orders, ordered supplies; put away all the supply deliveries I received during the week and got ready for tomorrow. All the boxes are packed and by the door ready to load for the next morning.


    I was delighted to be able to secure a stall at a very well regarded outdoor Christmas Market in Huddersfield. The atmosphere and footfall were fantastic, and the event finished off a great but long week. 

    Christmas Fair

    Now to get ready to do it all again tomorrow!