Candles and essential oils have long been part of my wellness routine. It started years ago when I began working in a spa that used essential oils frequently.
Prior to this experience, I thought aromatherapy was just another hippy woo-woo cureall. Luckily, my unfounded prejudices faded and I started researching aromatherapy myself.
While essential oils and diffusers have a special place in my heart, it’s usually candles that I turn to for stress relief and creating a calm, hygge-like atmosphere in my home.
Since many book lovers also tend to be candle lovers, Read Yourself Happy is going to start including candle reviews. For the very first review, I’m choosing one of my personal favorites, Bath & Body Works’s Eucalyptus Spearmint 3-Wick Candle.
Whenever I smell eucalyptus, I’m immediately transported back to the spa I used to work at, because the scent wove itself through the entire facility. There’s a good reason for that, as eucalyptus supports the respiratory system (eucalyptus added to a steam room is absolute heaven!), aids in relaxation, and even soothes physical discomfort in some people.
Spearmint, like eucalyptus, also promotes respiratory health, but has plenty of other qualities as well. My favorite use for spearmint oil and scented candles is to alleviate headaches. One of my favorite ways to try to lessen the pain of any kind of headache (from migraines to stress headaches) is to either light a candle such as this one or put some spearmint oil onto a cotton ball and sniff it. Spearmint also tends to wake people up when they smell it, so it can be a nice mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Now that we know how eucalyptus and spearmint benefit you, let’s talk about the candle itself.
I’ve had really great luck when it comes to Bath & Body Works’ line of candles. Such good luck, in fact, that between my boyfriend and I, we have at least fifty of their candles sitting in the house right now. (And if you’re wondering, this is not a sponsored post. However, if anyone from Bath & Body Works is reading this, I’m open to it!)
You start to smell the fragrance of the candle as soon as you light it, and the scent sticks around as you burn it. It also throws quite a bit, so you don’t need to stay in its immediate vicinity to enjoy it or reap the benefits of it.
I can personally attest to its ability to relax you. I’m going through a bipolar depressive episode right now, and it’s amazing what aromatherapy can do to decrease stress and anxiety levels.
I haven’t finished burning the candle yet, but in my experience, many of the Bath & Body Works candles we’ve burned have many days worth of burn time, especially if you’re only using it for a few hours at a time.
While there are certainly cheaper candles on the market (this one is currently $24.50 on their website), you are buying a high-quality candle made from essential oils that comes in attractive packaging. I will most certainly be buying this candle over and over again.