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Candles and incense to enhance your romantic evening or special occasion

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Down the centuries, people have been burning candles for one reason… or another.

In modern times, it is a secondary source of light, not usually a requirement, but one that lends atmosphere, romance and mystery to a quite evening together.

But in centuries past, until the invention of the electric light bulb in 1879, they served a much more practical purpose.

For example, in ancient Egypt, a form of “torch” was used by soaking the pithy core of reeds in molten tallow

The Romans continued experimenting with lighting techniques after the Egyptians, using the tallow from cattle or sheep suet to burn wicks.

Candles and incense to enhance your romantic evening or special occasion

Candles and incense to enhance your romantic evening or special occasion

Around the middle ages, it was discovered that beeswax could be used in the lighting process, which became a far superior practice than the prior method of burning tallow.

In colonial America, the first bayberry candle made its debut, however, the process of gathering wax from bayberries was an extremely long and difficult task, making this particular method impractical and short lived.

Toward the turn of the century, the popularity of candles declined greatly with the development of electricity, but currently, there is a renewed interest with the introduction of aromatherapy and soy candles,which are much more environmentally friendly

Incense, while not a source of illumination, has been used for as a fragrance enhancement for centuries, being made from various materials including woods, chopped herbs and scented oils.

These items bring light and pleasant scents to an evening of romance.

They are a delightful addition to fine living, and can be found in almost any size, shape, style and fragrance.