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Before candles were a popular way to relax in the bath, to add fragrance to your home or create a romantic atmosphere, they were actually used primarily for their function – to give light, and heat.
Candles have been used to illuminate for thousands of years, but very little is known about their origin. What we do know, is that the first candles were not wicked, as modern candles are. It is thought that the first candles were developed by the ancient Egyptians in 3,000 B.C.E, who created torches by soaking reeds in animal fats which acted as a kind of wick. Other evidence suggests that the earliest candles were made in China during the Qin Dynasty, using whale fat, and it has also been suggested that India may have begun using candles around the same time, using the waxy residue that is left when cinnamon is boiled. Regardless of which culture should be credited with creating this first candle prototype, it is generally agreed among historians that it was ancient Romans who first developed the wick. Their process involved dipping rolled papyrus into melted fat or beeswax until the candle reached a suitable size. The candles were then used primarily in religious ceremonies, to light homes at night, and to aid travellers who moved during the night. We know from Biblical sources, as well as Jewish records that candles (presumably without a wick) have been an important part of religious ceremonies since at least 165 B.C.E.
Once the Romans had created the wicked candle, many more tried their hand at creating candles using different fuels and wick materials. One of the most common materials used, which is still in use today, is beeswax. The Chinese used beeswax in their candle making from an early time. In the 18th century, the onset of whaling allowed candle makers to access spermaceti – the crystalized sperm oil from a whale. This replaced the use of other animal fats and was preferred over other fats as it didn’t produce a bad smell or large quantities of smoke.
It wasn’t until the mid-19th century, when a young chemist named James Young refined paraffin wax by distilling coal. Because paraffin wax burns so clearly without odor, and was available cheaply, candles soon became a common household item. Around this time, wick creation was also improved, as different papers were used (as well as flax, hemp and cotton) and infused with chemicals that helped control the speed of burning.
Once the art of candle making had improved, candles also began to be used as a way of marking time. Since candles have a relatively steady burning rate, candle timers were marked with lines to depict how many hours had passed since the candle started burning.
With candles giving way to the invention of the lightbulb in 1879, lighting was no longer needed using candles. While candle making declined, they never went into extinction. They simply changed their function.
The growth of the United States oil and meat-packing industries during the first half of the 20th century meant an increase in the availability of candle-making ingredients such as paraffin. Though the use of candles declined over time, falling largely into disuse, they enjoyed a renewed popularity, no longer used for necessity, but for pleasure.
The popularity of candles increased well into the 1980s, as candles were enjoyed as decorative household items, ambience creators and were a popular choice for gifts. Candles were now produced in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. As the consumer interest in candles increased, scented candles were born.
The next ten years saw a strong surge in the interest and production of scented candles, as well as wide experimentation with new types of candle waxes, including palm wax, and soy.
Though candles are no longer used as our major source of light at night, they have continued to grow in popularity and use. Today candles are used in cakes to celebrate, to set the mood for a romantic evening, to decorate a space with color, and to fill a room with fresh scent.
To look at our wide range of clean, fresh scents including “Amber Romance,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and much more, visit www.TheSunGarden.com
While exfoliating may already be a part of your skincare routine, most people don’t realise that it takes more than a few crushed seeds in your shower gel to give your body the deep exfoliation it needs each week. Giving your skin a regular exfoliating treatment with a good quality salt scrub can breathe new life into tired skin, and leave it looking fresh, and hydrated.
If you haven’t used a salt scrub before, then you will be amazed at how effective this treatment can be for unclogging your pores, purifying your skin of dirt and toxins, and removing dead skin cells to smooth your skin and reveal the fresh, radiant skin underneath.
What are Salt Scrubs?
Salt scrubs are, put simply, exfoliating body scrubs which use salt as the base. This base is the ingredient which removes dead cells from the surface of your skin. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, exfoliating using a salt scrub can improve the appearance and texture of your skin
There is a lot of debate around whether skin benefits more from a sugar, or a salt scrub. While both are good for your skin, salt is an excellent choice for two reasons:
Firstly, salt provides a deeper, more abrasive exfoliation, making it perfect for those who want to remove areas of rough, hard skin. Because salt has larger, coarser granules, it has a more ‘cutting’ texture and does a better job at smoothing out any tough spots you have on your skin, such as elbows and feet. Dead skin cells harden with age, so the longer dead skin is left to settle on the skin, the more difficult it can become to remove. Rubbing a salt scrub into the skin will remove these cells and speed up the cell regeneration process to reveal the new, moist skin underneath. Using a harsher scrub such as salt also means you won’t have to exfoliate as often as you would if you used a lighter scrub.
Secondly, while other scrubs, such as sugar, work solely as an exfoliant, salt also allows you to access the many benefits that sea salt offers for your skin. The trace elements present in salt can include calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and iron, all of which offer healing, and antiseptic properties. These elements are known for their therapeutic, mineral benefits such as detoxifying, promoting circulation and reducing inflammatory response.
Giving Yourself a Salt Scrub Treatment
Salt scrubs are a popular spa treatment, but you can give yourself one at home – it’s inexpensive, quick, and easy to do.
The purpose of a salt scrub is too deeply cleanse your skin and remove the top layer of dead skin cells. At a salon, a salt scrub is normally done on a table, followed by a shower. At home, the easiest thing to do is to get in the shower to give yourself the treatment.
Here's our quick guide to exfoliating your entire body using a salt scrub:
1. Start the shower and wait till the water is warm to hot before stepping in
2. Ensure that all your skin is thoroughly wet and warm before applying the scrub. This will ensure that the skin is soft and the pores are open, ensuring a deeper pore clean
3. Shower as usual, with your regular products
4. Pause the water
5. Take some scrub in your palm and apply in circular motions, starting from your feet and working your way up to your heart, applying more scrub as needed. Keep moving your hands in the circular motion until most of the salt has dissolved
6. Once you get to your heart, start scrubbing at your forehead, and work your way down your neck and back down to your heart
7. Be sure to concentrate on areas with rough skin such as elbows, knees and feet, as well as cellulite prone areas such as thighs
8. Rinse the scrub off your skin. Don’t apply any other products at this point, as you want the minerals in your salt scrub to stay on your skin
9. When you are out of the shower and dried, be sure to apply a rich, moisturizing body oil or butter to replenish the skin’s moisture
While salt scrubs are a fantastic way to keep your skin fresh and clean, they should be limited to once a week as they can irritate the skin if overused. Most people notice that after several weeks of regular salt scrub treatments, their skin’s appearance improves dramatically as the increased circulation will improve the skin’s tone and give your skin a radiant, healthy glow.
For an indulgent exfoliating experience, try one of our luxury salt scrubs, available in seven soothing scents including Banana Nut Bread, Frankincense and Myrrh, Kama Sutra, Kimono Flower, Lavender, Lemon, and White Jasmine and Pineapple.
With spring upon us, there’s no better time to think about giving your skin that much needed boost! Take a look at why sugar scrubs are the best way to give your skin a good, gentle exfoliation.
The skin on our body and face is constantly renewing itself. Just like all living things, it has its own cycle it uses to keep us healthy – shedding dead cells and creating new ones. Unfortunately, our skin does not always do the ‘shedding’ part perfectly, leaving old cells on the surface of our skin. Having old cells on our skin can give our skin a dry, dull appearance, and can even contribute to dry skin, uneven skin tones and blotchiness. Old skin cells can also block and clog pores, causing bacteria to linger and cause acne.
Exfoliation is one of the most important steps in any skincare routine, as it helps to remove and clear away those old, lingering cells. Removing these cells unclogs the pores allowing for a deeper clean. Doing this helps prevent acne and breakouts.
Exfoliating also encourages cell renewal, leaving your skin looking fresher and smoother. As we age, the process of cell regeneration naturally slows down. This means that our skin is not as fast at shedding the old cells on its own. You might be carefully cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin but if you aren’t exfoliating, then your skin will never be as healthy and clear as it could be.
Exfoliating will also boost your current skincare routine – making it easier for your cleanser to work deep down into your pores and allowing more moisture to deeply penetrate the skin. Exfoliating regularly will keep your skin looking fresher, younger and healthier.
While eating sugar is not that good for you, sugar is a fantastic skincare product that both your face and body will love. Here’s three benefits of using sugar on your skin:
•Firstly, sugar is a natural humectant – it draws moisture into the skin. This means that sugar will hydrate your skin and help to seal that moisture in.
•Secondly, sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) which when applied, encourages new cell regeneration and can also help reverse the effects of ageing and sun damage. Glycolic acid also helps to protect the skin from harmful toxins.
•Thirdly, sugar’s fine particles make it an excellent choice as an exfoliant, as it scrubs away dead skin cells from the surface to reveal the healthy skin underneath.
In the past, salt scrubs have been popular, but individuals and salons are starting to realise that sugar is a much better, healthier choice. While salt has a rough edge which can irritate the skin, sugar has a softer, more rounded edge, making it suitable for sensitive skin and the only choice for facial exfoliation.
How to Use a Sugar Scrub
On your face: Using your fingertips, rub the scrub into your skin using small, circular motions. Start at the base of your neck and work your way up to your hairline using firm, but gentle pressure. Massage the scrub in until most of the sugar has dissolved before removing it with warm water.
On your body: Pre-soak your skin first in hot water either in the shower, or in the bath. Allow your skin to soften for a few minutes in the water before applying the scrub in a circular motion. Once most of the sugar has been massaged in and dissolved, return your body to the water to rinse off.
You should only use a topical scrub once or twice per week, as overuse can irritate, and dry the skin.
If you want healthy, naturally glowing summer skin, then regular sugar exfoliation is a must. The Sun Garden has created an extensive collection of decadent sugar scrubs to exfoliate your skin, revealing skin that is soft, supple and better than ever.
Try one of our luxurious sugar scrubs, and put your best face forward!
Spring is a time filled with warm weather and breathtaking scents. We all love to buy candles and have our house smell as fresh and clean as the outdoors, but there are so many different scents to choose from. If you love candles and want to celebrate the spring with a candle, we can help. These are five candles you need for your home this spring. Take a look and buy a candle now!
Misconceptions About Teas
Tea is a common beverage across the globe. In the US, approximately $15 million of tea is purchased every year, and 3,000 million tons of tea is produced worldwide. The common misconceptions about tea, specifically loose-leaf, and its consumption may not be worldwide, but we've certainly heard a few – and we're here to end the confusion.
Loose-leaf tea is not more expensive; in fact, you get more tea out of loose-leaf than the bagged kind, considering that with loose-leaf you only use what you consume. The misconception is that loose-leaf tea costs more than it's worth, or you'll have more than you'll use: while purchasing a pound of loose-leaf tea at $10 or more sounds less intriguing than buying a box of $6 teabags, you have to see the bigger picture of investment. Loose-leaf tea allows you to allot how much you're using so that you get the right amount of flavor. A pound of loose-leaf tea will amount to $0.10 a cup, whereas a box of teabags limits how much tea you use per cup, forcing you to perhaps use an excess of bags. Teabag boxes can get pricey when it comes to their utility, practicality, and not to mention what commercial brands use to make the bags. The bags are made of bleached paper, which ends up in your boiling, hot mug of tea. Bleached anything doesn't sound too appetizing.
Another common misconception with tea consumption is that loose leaf is difficult to work with. Because teabags come in a bag and can be disposed of easily, most people stray away from anything with the word 'loose' in it. Perhaps the fact that loose-leaf tea requires measurement and infusers to be properly steeped, but once you know the right tea-to-water ratio, there is no difficulty; scoop some leaves into an infuser, strainer, or filter, and drop it into the teapot, much the same as you would a teabag. Most teapots come with fitted infusers to make your life a little easier, and can be dumped in the trash without mess – just like a teabag. Teabags normally take five minutes to properly steep, and that's the exact same amount of time you'll need to steep loose-leaf tea – so any misconceptions on time factors are false ideas.
The most common misconception that we've seen is that loose-leaf and teabags have no difference in taste. The truth about tea is that its leaves require space to expand, so that you're experiencing the full flavor of the leaf. In a teabag, the leaves are usually in pieces and don't have the room to expand, leaving you with a hot cup of 'alright' tea. The idea behind loose-leaf tea is that the infusers allow it room to expand, and give you the full experience in flavor. Some don't make the effort because they've misconceived on the issue; loose-leaf requires the exact same amount of equipment, effort and has plenty more flavor than its bagged companions.
Always remember that flavor is worth a little effort, and loose-leaf is no more effort than bagged tea.
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! Though this holiday is celebrated all over the world, it is a huge favorite among the Irish, as well as tea drinkers! There are tons of great teas that you can drink to honor Saint Patrick, and to give kudos to the Irish on their highly regarded holiday. If you are one of the many who are excited for Saint Paddy’s day, and you want to drink some tea in honor of the holiday, these are the best teas to drink on St. Patrick’s Day.
Chamomile is a favorite tea among many, and it is a big favorite over in Europe. This tea is a delicious blend of sweet floral ingredients, and is sure to leave the drinker feeling rested, at peace, and ready to take on anything their day will throw at them. Chamomile tea tastes delicious, has a sweet and flowery blend, and also can be calming and soothing, too. It is a tea that anyone can benefit from, but especially those who deal with stress, anxiety, and sleepless nights. Chamomile is one of the most popular teas to drink, no matter where you are, and, on Saint Patrick’s Day, it is one that many tea drinkers love to have.
Green tea is another great tea to have for the Irish holiday! This one has a delicious taste, will give you energy, and it also can be great for health benefits, too. The tea has a few ingredients that make the taste smooth, and flavorful. Many seem to drink it on Saint Patrick’s Day because it is called green tea, but it is still yummy to have and can be enjoyed by all. It is also a nice tea to have at any time of the day, especially when you are in need of a quick energy pick me up!
Irish Tea Blend.
This final tea that can be drank on the big Irish holiday is one of the best tea blends out there. Delicious, mixed with an assortment of ingredients. The Irish tea blend is enjoyed all over Europe, especially Ireland. It is how many people start their day. The tea has a great taste, can be very soothing, and is a great tea to drink with breakfast! This blend of delicious, sweet ingredients is the heart of Ireland and is sure to be enjoyed many times.
Saint Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday for kids and adults alike, and is a holiday where people all over the world to can be Irish for a day. Tea drinkers can also rejoice with their being such yummy green tea blends to have in honor of Saint Patrick himself. If you were thinking of a safe and fun way to enjoy the upcoming holiday, drinking tea is the way to go. Try one of these delectable teas in honor of good ol’ Saint Patrick and see how amazing your Saint Patrick’s Day will be. Happy Saint Paddy’s Day!