Let there be fragrance!

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The holy books say first there was light. But about fragrances there is very little said, This is probably because the sense of smell is muted. However, it is understood that the growth of civilization, of culture, has been deeply connected with the sense of smell permeating the highest echelons of society. What a lot of stories abound about this sense all over the world! And scented candles are the newest craze!

Jonathan Reinarz (Author of “Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell”) says that “…doctors in the past did use smell as an important means of diagnosis and they also thought they’d warn people of pending epidemics, dangerous locations, and environments… early references to smell are the ones where let’s say a religious ceremony involves sacrifice, or the burning of incense, whether it’s just a very small token like grass or part of a harvest, or a very elaborate ritual in say South America or in Europe, in the 4th Century or 5th Century AD. … The trade of incense from Arabia and Somalia in this ancient period, … right up until the modern day where the global perfume industry….”

It is an enchanting, comprehensive, and engaging lore that medical historian Jonathan Reinarz offers a historiography of smell from ancient to modern times. Many experts agree that scents summarize many current historical perspectives on smell.

The sense of smell pervades all mankind as we are surrounded by odours of a million of more things. It was – is still – an essential sense for predators as it was for the prey. And when civilizations grew and so did the attention to fragrances which started with religious ceremonies and soon became a status symbol among the elite.

It wasn’t until the 1980s that candles gained popularity again. In India, candles are deemed necessity and most homes have them to counter the many power-offs. But scented candles are rarely used except for commercial establishments and some homes. Scented candles come with many advantages and one of the important ones is that they spread around wholesome aroma.

True, candle manufacturing in India is unorganized and hence uses many ingredients that are not recommended. Right from the unhygienic wax to the wick, every part of the candle is a catastrophic use of un-natural ingredients that are harmful to humans. But thankfully Umbr Tree (www.umbrtree.com) candles are perfect in every sense. The luxurious, fine fragrance candles are made with a proprietary 100% natural wax blend of the highest quality soy, coconut, and palm wax. The natural wax blend also contains Beeswax for its unrivaled air purification properties. Topped with lead-free cotton wicks and premium fine fragrance oils to create an eco-friendly non-toxic non-polluting clean burn that is pure and intensely fragrant. These are artistically crafted home perfume candles filled in beautiful white pearl finish handmade glass jars inspired by classic Indian tableware with matching glass lids that sparkle and shimmer and instantly enhance any space. The petite cover is designed to keep the wax dust-free when not in use and an easy way to extinguish the candle when desired. They are packed in an elegant magnetic flap box. Umbr Tree Candles are available in three sizes: Large, regular, and travelling pack giving you
from 70 to 30 hours of memorable fragrances.

Umbr Tree Scented Candles use all natural wax-blends of soy wax, coconut wax, palm wax, and beeswax. They are 100% natural lead-free cotton wicks. The candles DO NOT contain paraffin or any petroleum products or additives, preservatives, and other harmful chemicals, These are free from phthalates, parabens, and sulfate which are found in the beauty industry – from soaps to skin creams. All this makes it non-allergic and toxin-free. Since it is made from naturally occurring produce, it is friendly and not tested on animals. It burns 3 times longer than ordinary paraffin candles. It is sustainable and uses eco-friendly production processes. And what makes it truly local is that all ingredients and raw materials are sourced from Indian manufacturers.