Combined with an evocative scent, candles are simply irresistible! Their appeal is widespread; they are loved by the young, the old, males and females. Yes, men love candles too. At Piper and Dune have a large assortment of candles that men love, like our beer can candles or Proof, along with scents that contain vanilla (a favorite) and the bonus is that women like them too!
One of the reasons people love candles so much is that they are often used to bring someone a little relaxation time. Consider giving a scented candle to someone who enjoys taking bubble baths by candlelight. Ask us to help you package a nice spa scent candle like Piper and Dune’s “Time Out” candle along with bath salts and even a bath bomb to create a beautiful gift of relaxation. Gazing at the flame is a mesmerizing experience and relaxes both the eyes and mind when you combine it with a soothing scent.
Scented candles (like Piper and Dune’s Allure) are used to create a romantic atmosphere during intimate evenings at home. Since candles throw a light on a relatively small area, it creates a sense of intimacy with its glow.
Of course one of the best reasons to give scented candles as a gift is due to their aromatherapy properties. Aromatherapy is the practice of using scents and fragrances to create an atmosphere and stimulate the senses. As you study the different aromatherapy properties connected to particular scents, you will better choose the fragrance that your gift recipient will love. Keep in mind that you can shed the day’s stresses with the healing effects of lavender and vanilla. You can also journey to a place of silent reflection. Special blends of eucalyptus and spearmint help you relax and refocus. You can awaken your senses with the refreshing blend of sage and mandarin.
At Piper and Dune we carry two types of candles - those made with Soy Wax and those made with Beeswax. We have made a conscious effort NOT to carry those made with paraffin (like Yankee Candles which are made of refined paraffin wax*) Paraffin wax is the product of the oil purification process from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. When you remove the waxy substance from crude oil, you’re left with paraffin wax - it’s highly unsustainable due to it being a non-renewable resource.
At Piper and Dune, we believe Soy candles are a much better alternative. Soy wax is a 100% natural wax derived from the vegetable soybeans. It is considered sustainable because soybeans can be farmed and harvested. Soybeans are one of the major agriculture crops grown in the United States, behind only corn. Most of the world’s soybeans are grown and harvested close to home in the Midwestern United States. In fact, Ohio is the 6th leading top soybean producing state in the U.S. After the beans are harvested, they are then cleaned, cracked, de-hulled and rolled into flakes. Soybean oil is extracted from the flakes and those leftover flakes are used for animal feed. Soy candles burn slowly and cleanly and while it's not the most sustainable option, it is a great alternative to Paraffin.
Pure unscented beeswax candles are probably the best. If you or a family member has allergies, this point may be very important to you so shop for unscented beeswax candles. When these candles burn, it helps clean the air by releasing negative ions. These help destroy the positively charged allergens and pollutants in your air. Many people have attributed beeswax candles with helping them deal with all sorts of airborne allergens.
So, regardless of what scent you choose, we are sure that you can’t go wrong with gifting a beautiful candle - even for those who say they don’t need or want anything. Candles are sure to please even the most difficult recipients!
We hope this 4th of July holiday weekend you get to Explore What Excites You! Be sure to stop by Piper and Dune in Southbury, CT today or tomorrow because we’re closed on Sunday and Monday to enjoy the holiday with all of you. Be sure to stock up on your red, white and blue, and shop the American Pride Collection at Piper and Dune.
Reminder, ORVIS Women’s apparel is Buy One Regular Price and Get the Second One for 50% off - ends tomorrow!
Happy Independence Day and Explore What Excites You!
Chris and The Piper and Dune Family