Culture Feature

The Best Candles to Gift Someone

Here are some of the best candles of 2021 to give to a friend or lover


We've all struggled on what to get our loved ones when it comes time to gift give.

But the beauty of candles are that everyone loves them. Who doesn't like the smell of a good, wholesome candle when they walk into a room? Well, for those of you looking to really step up your candle game, look no further than Brooklyn Candle Studio.

With a devout mission to create candles that captivate the senses, all with the best ingredients and sexiest design, Brooklyn Candle Studio is a luxury candle company that doesn't rely on chemical scents to do the heavy lifting. Birthed from 100% soy wax, these candles are derived from American-grown soybeans that produce an eco-friendly and clean burn.

With lead-free cotton wicks and yummy fragrance oils infused with essential oils, Brooklyn Candle Studio's candles are vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate-free, and petroleum-free. Here are the best candles the company has to offer its customers.

Maui Escapist Candle

Maui Escapist Candle

Maui Escapist Candle

This gorgeous candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio is one of their most popular items, and for good reason. Picture this: the tide crashing against the shore along a secret coastal island in Maui. As the waves crash, subtle notes of sea salt, sea moss and driftwood lightly hit your nose. A sprinkle of zest bergamot and cushy ylang ylang close out the ocean aroma. That's what it's like to smell this candle.

Made in Brooklyn. New York with 100% soy wax, the Maui Escapist Candle guarantees a transporting sensory experience, and a clean eco-friendly burn.

Check it out here.

Brooklyn Escapist Candle

Brooklyn Escapist Candle

Brooklyn Escapist Candle

Now the bustling borough of Brooklyn, New York might not seem like it translates over to a scent thats welcoming, calm and relaxing, but hear us out. The scent of this candle is inspired by a late, romantic night out on the town. As you loiter with friends at your cozy neighborhood cocktail bar, as live jazz serenades you while you sip on a fancy alcoholic beverage made from fresh ingredients like wild sage cassis and orange blossom. That's what it's like to smell this candle. You may not think Brooklyn is right for you, but this candle will make you pine for the city life.

Check it out here.

Santa Fe Escapist Candle

Santa Fe Escapist Candle

Santa Fe Escapist Candle

Inspired by a spontaneous winter trip, this earthy scent is perfect for those in the winter that desire the sunshine and cool ocean breeze. Curated with wild aromas of orchid cactus, wild sage, juniper and piñon, this candle will make you wanna get up and explore the desert, and spend nights basking by a kiva fireplace. For those truly yearning to get away during these colder months that are coming up, this Santa Fe Escapist Candle is for you.

Check it out here.

Sunday Morning Minimalist Candles

Sunday Morning Minimalist Candles

Sunday Morning Minimalist Candles

The Minimalist collection is for those who want their scent to linger more in the background rather than absorb your senses, and this Sunday Morning candle is one of the company's best. Bringing to life images of a bustling local farmer's market, this candle toys with luscious fruit scents and freshly picked flowers. Pear and bergamot float through your nostrils along with a hint of jasmine and gardenia, and it's all finished with a thick, warming base of amber woods. For those wanting to make the most out of their lazy Sunday, simply spark up this candle and relax.

Check it out here.

Fern + Moss Minimalist Candle

Fern + Moss Minimalist Candle

Fern + Moss Minimalist Candle

You ever take a walk outside after a big rainstorm? That thick earthy smell of the world around you? That's what this candle brings to life. Inspired by the dewy Fern Canyon in Northern Cali, the Fern + Moss blend brings with it hints of sage and lavender, along with a woodsy base note of spruce and pine to capture the enthralling smell of nature. This candle is also infused with natural sage, lavender and orange essential oils, helping to round out the candle's engrossing smell.

Check it out here!

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Listen to our playlist of healing songs while reading this (linked at the bottom) for optimal effect.

Anyone who's ever loved a song or cried to a great album knows: Music can be truly healing.

There's actually a scientific basis for that feeling of euphoria and comfort you get from listening to certain music. Music can do a ton of extraordinary things—it can increase our dopamine levels, can affect breathing and heart rate, and can even transport us back in time by triggering our emotional memory.

Because of its unique capabilities, music has long been a popular form of healing across the world. Many ancient religions believed the world was a collection of vibrations, and "good vibrations," or harmonious sounds, could promote healing and balance, while jarring vibrations could lead to physical and mental disturbances. "In Vedic teachings, the science of the influence of sound and music is known as Gandharva Veda. Through this practice, the music of nature is used to restore balance to your mind and body," writes Vedic educator Adam Brady. "Using specific pieces of music or melodies, vibratory coherence can be strengthened, assisting with healing and helping to settle the mind."

Earth's Vibrational Frequency - Schumann Resonance Healing Music With Binaural Beats

Good Vibrations

In the modern world, music therapists are still being utilized everywhere from psychiatric facilities to nurseries to corporate retreats and beyond. In general, music therapists are trained to play specific kinds of music to evoke certain responses. Often, their work goes beyond emotions and treats physiological ailments. In some recent clinical studies, music has been able to restore lost speech, reduce side effects of cancer therapy, relieve pain, and improve life for dementia patients. It can improve symptoms for schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, and can even increase empathy. In other studies, music has literally changed the shape and increased the resiliency of human blood cells, possibly increasing the human lifespan.

This healing happens in all different ways. Sometimes, music and sound therapists use specific frequencies and sounds to target very specific ailments. Other times, lyrics play a stronger role, either motivating patients or inspiring them or making them feel less alone. Sometimes music therapy even involves teaching patients to play their own instruments and to write their own songs. Music has also long been used in social movements, with songs like "We Shall Overcome" and "Turn, Turn, Turn" playing integral roles in tying protests together. So if you've ever heard a song and felt like it changed your life, you're probably not alone—music can do a lot more than change your mood: It can also change the world.

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If you want to use music to help with anxiety, one study from Stanford University found that three types of music reduce stress best:

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  • Light jazz, classical, and easy listening

You can also participate in a healing sound bath or a sound meditation, which are widely available on streaming platforms like Spotify and YouTube. Here are a bunch to listen to, via the University of Nevada. (Try "Echoes of Time," a Native American flute music piece, or "Weightless," a composition by Marconi Union designed to reduce blood pressure and lower levels of cortisol stress hormone).

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You can also try listening to recordings of Tibetan singing bowls, which are specially designed to fill your body with healing resonance.

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The Beatles - Hey Jude

In general, positive-sounding and peaceful compositions will get the job done, though of course sad songs can also offer necessary catharsis.

For an optimal stress-reducing experience, make sure you drop everything and allow yourself to listen to the music. Don't use your phone or do work while listening; instead, throw on a pair of your best headphones, lock yourself in a dark room and let the sound waves wash the rest of the world away, bringing you into a magical realm of peace and harmony. This can bring your brain into an "alpha state," which is "that relaxed but alert feeling you get when activity ceases and you have a moment to reflect and recharge," according to Dr. Frank Lipman.

Use Music to Raise Your Mood

On a basic level, happy music can make you happy—though of course it doesn't always work out that way. Still, since music has such a strong effect on memory, if you're looking to raise your mood, you might seek out songs that remind you of truly happy moments.

You can even preemptively design a playlist of music that will make you happy during tough times. The next time you're about to do something fun or are feeling content, make a playlist of songs that you listen to exclusively during that experience. Listen to it over and over, and then when you're feeling nostalgic, cue up that playlist and let the memories live on.

According to a Stanford University study, upbeat, energetic, and rhythmic selections can (unsurprisingly) raise one's mood most effectively. Compositions like Duke Ellington's "Take the A Train" and upbeat Beatles tunes were specifically effective in raising subjects' moods. In addition, dancing along to music can raise endorphins, and the combination of auditory stimulation and movement that comes from dancing to music can help improve your mood even more.

Binaural beats can also help raise your mood and can lower anxiety. This semi-experimental treatment uses tones at lower than 1000 Hz, and plays different frequencies in each ear. According to proponents of this therapy, the brain independently balances out the different frequencies, creating a sense of calm.

Music can also help out with insomnia. Mike Rowland's "The Fairy Ring" and G. F. Handel's "Water Music" were effective in helping patients sleep.

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Music for Healing

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