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What are Sensory Candles?

You may have seen the term ‘sensory candle,’ but what exactly is a sensory candle? We’ll break down what it means, plus share how sensory candles can benefit your wellness.

This candle gift set may be your solution.

A sensory candle is a candle that engages two or more of your senses.

What’s the benefit to this? Well, neuroscience tells us that we actively increase brain activity and stimulation when we engage our senses. It’s due to how our internal processor—the brain—receives and processes external stimuli, like sound waves or light.

A Spoken Flames sensory candle includes:

• Audibly soft-crackling wooden wicks (sound)
• Candle wax with a shimmer triggered by the candle flame (sight), and
• Varying fragrances (scent)

These elements are the external stimuli that your sensory organs (ears, eyes, etc.) convert from physical energy into a form of energy the brain can understand: electrical stimulation.1

After our brain receives the electrical signals, we make sense of all this stimulation. This is called perception.

So, naturally, we become more aware and perceive our environment and bodies better with gentle stimuli from a sensory candle fueling this mind-body cycle.


Here’s 5 reasons why a candle gift set makes the perfect gift:

A Natural Reconnection

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It’s important to note that a sensory candle complements our brain’s natural processes. Therefore, there is nothing more you need to do other than relax and light your sensory candle.

A sensory candle, as we craft at Spoken Flames, encourages a more mindful self-care experience. Our goal is to help encourage a reconnection with yourself through your senses.

We all know what it’s like to get caught up with the fast pace of work, news, and life. Sometimes, to the point where we lose sight of ourselves: how we feel and what we desire.

We believe that when you know how you feel, you can tap into your true desires. This is peak mindfulness—fueled by a Spoken Flames sensory candle.

TLC for Your Brain

If you couldn’t already tell, your brain is a complex organ. Like any other part of your body, it also needs a little tender love and care.⁠

When you give more for your brain to interpret (and your body to experience), as you would with a sensory candle, you help nurture your mind, practice focus, and increase your self-awareness.⁠⁠

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The Soft but Powerful Presence of a Sensory Candle

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At Spoken Flames, we took a self-care staple (candles) and reimagined its typically passive presence as an active participant in our mindfulness routine.

Whether we’re reading, studying, or resting in silence, the sensory candle has a soft but notable presence that produces ambient stimuli to pique our senses and help keep us aware and grounded in the present moment.


What Sensory Candles Mean for Your Self-Care Practice

Spoken Flames sensory candle

The human brain and our sensory organs are powerful features of the body. Together, they shape how we perceive the world and our human experience.

This is why we’re so passionate about our sensory candles as it relates to self-care and wellness.

We all spend so much time out in a world full of stimuli. Think bright ads, mobile alerts, and loud sounds in traffic—all competing for your attention and mind.

When you take the time to consciously be with the gentle stimuli of a sensory candle designed to engage and calm you, it can be a more powerful and intentional self-care practice than a day at the spa.

We hope you feel empowered to pique your senses with a sensory candle.

1. (Privitera, A. J. (2022). Sensation and perception. In R. Biswas-Diener & E. Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF publishers. Retrieved from

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6. Candles can help increase focus in a work from home environment

The rise in WFH and remote work means our workspaces are full of comforts—and distractions. But why would anyone light a candle at their work desk? To keep those distractions at bay. From chatty co-workers (albeit via Slack) to social media, candles are a thoughtful corporate gift that can help us focus and create space for us to do our best work.

Consider it a productivity hack. 💡

The presence of a candle flame can set a calming mood. Wooden wick candles in particular have a unique soft-crackling sound, which can serve as natural and relaxing ambient sound in one’s space. Plus, select scent profiles, like citrus, woody or a floral scent of a scented candle can influence physiological responses that help keep the mind on track.

7. Candles can be an environmentally responsible gift choice

First, it‘s a candle, next it’s their favorite whiskey glass. 🥃

Depending on the candle’s vessel, most candle jars can be upcycled after the burn cycle of the candle. It can be used as storage, glassware and more, so you can feel good knowing that your gift will keep on giving! And your candle gift (once upcycled) can be a pleasant reminder, if not a conversation piece in their home, of your thoughtfulness.

A candle gift set solves my gifting needs—but wait! I don’t know what candle scent they may like 😟

Bonus tip: How to pick a candle scent for a gift

So a candle gift set meets your needs, but you’re not sure what scents they like 😟 Pro tip: consider an unscented candle or a gift set that offers a variety of scents.

The unique thing about Spoken Flames’ Trio Sets is that each candle gift set has a variety of scents with great range—from woody, citrus and floral in our F, Yes Collection, for example.

Your gift recipient would never get bored, and it increases your chances for satisfaction with a broad range of scents in their hands.

Because Spoken Flames candles are message-driven, our motivating candle statements (even without scent) mean that you’ll still win big with this meaningful gifting choice!

Spoken Flames candle gift set with green ribbon
Spoken Flames candle gift set with green ribbon

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“It glistens, crackles, and smells wonderful. The spoken message is a nice touch.”

Sharon P.

Verified Buyer

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“I absolutely love the sensory experience!”

Olive V.

Verified Buyer

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“These candles take my self-care days to the next level!”

Sera M.

Verified Buyer

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