Historic Houses & Soy Candles

If you own a historic house or want to buy a gift for someone who does, consider investing in a small arsenal of 100% soy wax candles (preferably unscented). Soy candles burn cleaner, cooler and result in less ash – important as smoke damage to walls in older homes is pretty common and you don’t want to contribute any more. The only issue with 100% soy candles is that they are a little harder to find and might be a bit pricy. It’s easy to hit up Target for an inexpensive 24 pack of paraffin vanilla votives, but not only are those not good for the house, they aren’t good for you either.

You can find soy “blend” candles fairly readily, but I would definitely recommend holding out for the good stuff. I’ve talked about my love for Pure Necessities candles, but I’ve also picked up some other decent soy candles at Total Beauty Supply (Arden Way).

My husband knows how well I’m going to like a restaurant, not by the food but by whether or not they bother to put a candle on the table! It’s not that difficult or expensive and it makes such a difference. If I have a party, I always have candles going… even in the afternoon.

Alex the girl has a lovely post about her visit to Denmark and how they have candles lit at outdoor tables even in the dead of winter when no one sits there.

Like Alex, I also recommend unscented candles for dinner parties as you want people to smell the food and not the Bergamot and Grapefruit or Orange and Eucalyptus… unless that’s what you are serving.

As a final note… please do not leave candles unattended. Especially if you are blazing enough to make your own private version of The Road to Mecca while hitting the Chivas Regal. Enough said.

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