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6 February 2024 | 0 min read

What makes the candle so romantic?

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There’s an undeniable magic in candles. From the gentle dance of the flame to the evocative scents that take us to past times and memories, the humble candle holds a power far greater than its size.

Whether it’s a candlelit dinner or just a softly lit room, each candle becomes part of a story, one of emotion, warmth, and connection. Join us in this Charles Farris blog post as we unravel the mystery behind the scented candle’s timeless romance.

The psychology behind soft lighting

Soft lighting, especially from candles, plays a major role in creating a tranquil and romantic atmosphere. This effect is deeply rooted in psychological responses. When exposed to soft lighting, our minds instinctively relax, partly due to the association of dim light with the end of the day and a time for rest.

Psychologically, soft lighting is perceived as warm and welcoming, contrasting with the harsh, bright lights often found in office or industrial settings. This warmth promotes a sense of intimacy and closeness, making it ideal for romantic or reflective moments. This reflection and romance is only heightened when the air is filled with elegant scents like Patchouli, Amber, and Vetiver.

Candlelight’s gentle illumination helps create a sense of privacy and seclusion, drawing our focus to a more confined space. This often leads to a deeper, more personal connection with those around us.

The Physiological Response to Candlelight

The physiological impact of candlelight is equally fascinating. Exposure to the soft, flickering light of a candle can trigger biological responses that allow for relaxation and calmness.

One key aspect is the reduction of the stress hormone cortisol, which can be achieved through the calming effect of candlelight. This promotes relaxation and helps to enhance mood, leading to a more restful sleep.

Elsewhere, the flickering light of a candle can induce a meditative state due to a decrease in brain wave activity – especially when accompanied by a luxurious floral scent like Jasmine or Ylang-Ylang. This effect is similar to the state achieved during meditation, where the mind is in a state of focused relaxation. This can be especially beneficial in today’s fast-paced world, where these moments are rare.

The enduring connection between love and candlelight

Candlelight and romance have been intertwined for centuries, enjoying a connection that transcends time and culture. The warm glow of candles has a way of softening the edges of the world, casting a gentle spell that invites us to open up and share our deepest emotions. It’s a connection that harks back to ancient rituals, where candles were lit to symbolise love, hope, and the eternal bond between two people.

Throughout history, candles have been present in the most intimate and romantic moments of our lives – from marriage proposals to quiet evenings at home.

They create a sense of intimacy and vulnerability, bringing our guard down and helping us express our feelings with sincerity.

Invite the love with Charles Farris today

The next time you find yourself in the company of a luxury scented candle, take a moment to appreciate the magic it holds. Let it remind you of the enduring connection between love and candlelight, and how something as simple as a tiny flame can rekindle the romance in your life.

Whether you’re sharing a candlelit dinner with a loved one or enjoying a quiet evening alone, may the glow of the candle be a beacon of warmth and love in your heart.

Charles Farris scented products stand as a testament to craftsmanship and quality. Their signature fragrances have the power to transport us to distant memories and create new ones. Whether it’s the captivating aroma of a Charles Farris scented candle or the soothing embrace of our reed diffusers, our products enhance the romantic atmosphere in any setting.


Charles Farris is one of Britain’s oldest candlemakers with firm roots in Victorian London, and proud Royal Warrant holders. Our range of luxury scented candles are made using time-worn, traditional crafting techniques that date back to 1845.


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