In the Mood for Lighting?

Candles can set the mood for many occasions. Many people identify candles with setting a romantic mood, or creating aromas, or blowing them out on your birthday, all of which are fairly legitimate reasons to break out the candles, but finding the right housing for your candle can set a mood all on its own.

The choices are generally pillar candles, taper candles and then you have the specialty candle, tea light candles or maybe even a floating candle. Many will head for the drawer of candles when a special occasion arises, and then begin the search for a candle holder, either coming up short or pulling out mom’s overly dramatic crystal candle holders from 1980. Obviously, this just will not do when you are simply wanting to make dinner a special occasion, especially when mom’s candle sticks are blocking your view to the mash potatoes, and the lovely faces of your family.

So what do you do? You can either forgo the candles all together; sadly putting candles you have been storing for what seems like forever back into the drawer, or you can find candle holders that will make your occasion so spectacular that even Martha Stewart would be envious.

Pillar candle holders –

Pillar candles are some of the most versatile candles when it comes to decorating a coffee table, dining table or when entertaining outdoors. The typical pillar candle plate can be a little boring, but adding a bit of natural foliage, fruit, shells, runners and other decorative accents can liven up an ordinary pillar candle, transforming it into a centerpiece for your table. Another option is a pillar stake candle holder. These are some of the simplest holders to use when decorating, and are available in a variety of styles, including the ability to incorporate fruits and vegetables within the candle holder itself.

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Tea Light Candles –

The ever popular tea light candle can be used alone, or within virtually any small glass to create a glowing effect throughout the home or outdoors. However, votive holders can create a stunning housing for tea lights and with the right votive, tea lights can become a tasteful display for entertaining, fireplaces, and romantic settings. Glass, and recycled glass votives tend to be the ideal choice, as glass will reflect the most light.

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Taper Candles –

When it comes to taper candle holders, the choices are infinite. So how do you choose? Selecting a taper candle holder that is specific to your taste or cohesive to your theme may be your best bet. Unique holders bring interest to the table, and can create a tasteful and subtle theme that is not too overwhelming for your guests.

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I think it’s pretty clear that candles and their housing can to turn any occasion into a “special” occasion. But you are looking for candle holders that extraordinary? No problem, Are Naturals offers an Eco-friendly selection of candle holders made from a variety of materials like recycled glass, recycled metal and handmade candle holders that will become keepsakes your children will actually want to keep and use for years to come.

Top Natural Materials

When shopping for products that are made without chemicals or are manufactured in a way that is not damaging to the environment you may see words like: Natural, organic, Eco-friendly, green and environmentally conscious. What exactly are natural materials and why should we as consumers be concerned with them?

Any fiber or material that is derived from plants or animals and that is biodegradable is considered to be natural.  Here is a list of the most popular natural fibers:

  • Bamboo
  • Cotton
  • Wood
  • Jute
  • Hemp/ Jute/ Sisal
  • Wool

Bamboo

Bamboo  is an item with high tensile strength and flexibility. It is often used in some parts of Asia as scaffolding to support tall buildings where high winds and earth quakes are prevalent. In the past, bamboo has even been used to construct entire homes. It is long lasting, and durable, with an excellent natural sustainability quality.  In recent years viscose from bamboo has become more popular as a material that and can be found in bed linens, towels, and even clothing. It can be spun into smooth, durable yarns that produce long lasting, beautifully textured materials.

Cotton

Some environmentally conscious consumers shop for organic cotton clothing, towels, bedding, and other household furnishings. Organic cotton bed linen is one of the most popular uses for organically grown cotton. As the popularity of living green increases, more Eco-friendly oriented consumers are realizing how comfortable it is to sleep on organic cotton sheets for year- round comfort. Organic cotton robes have long been used by spas for natural, plush comfort for their guests. Cotton is also used in batting for quilts, mattress pads, and pillows. When all natural 100% organic cotton is used, there is less chance of being exposed to toxins and harmful chemicals.

Wood

Wood fibers, while very durable and strong, are not as widely used as plant and animal fibers. But, wood fibers are one of the main sources of paper and house materials. Items such as plywood and fiber board are widely used in the construction of furniture and buildings.Wood fibers do not necessarily have to come from trees. Wood fibers can also be obtained from the stems and stalks of woody stemmed plants such as bamboo. Recycled paper can also be processed from wood fiber. This makes wood fiber a highly versatile source for material.

Hemp/Jute/Sisal

Hemp, jute, and sisal are most commonly used for rope and twine making. These plant based fibers are well known for their long lasting, high tensile durability.  These materials can also be made into cloth for such things as tarps, canvas, flooring, dartboards, and even mattresses.  These three materials are also often blended into industrial carpeting. Because of its durability, the blend of hemp/ jute/sisal helps carpet from being worn down quickly in high traffic areas. It also is also used for shower curtains because of its resistance to mildew and humidity, and drapery to create a natural and rustic feel throughout a home. There are also certain types of papers produced from these three products and the fibers have been manufactured into certain types of building materials. Some Eco-friendly clothing manufacturers have even begun making shirts and pants from these three plant based materials.

Wool

Wool is found in carpets, clothing, boots, sweaters, blankets, and even seat covers. Wool resists staining and also is a natural moisture repellant. Because of its low retention of static electricity, wool is often the main fiber used for carpets in high safety environments such as trains and aircraft. Wool blended garments are generally standard issue for military personnel, fire fighters, and others who work in an environment where there be an exposure to fire.

Sheep’s wool has been used for many years as clothing, boots, and blankets. But due to many people trying to become more environmentally aware, many green homes and commercial buildings have begun using it for insulation. The woolen fibers are spun into a thick felt like material and formed into rolls, much like traditional insulation, and placed between the joists of a home or office. The manufacture of wool insulation uses far less carbon dioxide than the making of traditional fiber glass insulation. One unique feature of sheep’s wool insulation is that it absorbs moisture without losing its insulation properties.

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This means that when it absorbs moisture it gives off heat and when it releases moisture, it cools the surrounding area. It is a NATURAL choice for insulation not only because it is Eco-friendly, but in time will pay for itself in the reduction of heating and cooling bills.

Natural Materials

Natural materials may be initially expensive, but because of their long lasting durability, they save money in the long run since they do not have to be replaced as often. The use of natural materials reduces the environmental impact by lessening the use of chemicals that our bodies are exposed to.

Organic Materials

An even better way to be Eco-friendly is to use organic, natural materials. By building and insulating our homes and businesses with natural materials, we are being Eco-friendly and creating a sustainable environment that preserves the planet for future generations.  The more organic clothing, bedding, and household goods  consumers utilize,  their exposure to hazardous chemicals and need for new materials is reduced.  By shopping green, building green and living green-we all benefit.

Are Naturals recognizes the necessity of being environmentally responsible in the way we shop and the products we purchase for our homes and businesses.  By using natural materials for our clothing, bedding, furniture, and even insulating our homes, we  lessen our impact on the environment, not only today, but for future generations.