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Smell and Psychology

At Milkhouse Candles & More, we love fragrances! We know that certain smells can remind us of different places or times. So, we thought we’d take a deeper look at the psychology of smell and how it affects us.

The Science of Smell

When we detect a smell with our nose, the olfactory neurons in the upper part of the nose generate an impulse that is passed to the brain. The part of the brain this arrives at first is called the olfactory bulb, which processes the signal and then passes information about the smell to other areas closely connected to it, collectively called the limbic system. The limbic system comprises a set of structures within the brain that are regarded by scientists as playing a major role in controlling mood, memory, behavior and emotion.

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Smell and Memory

The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. People with full olfactory function may be able to pinpoint smells that evoke particular memories. For example, the smell of wildflowers may bring back a recollection of a childhood picnic. This can happen spontaneously, with the smell acting as a trigger in recalling a long-forgotten experience or event.

Smell and Emotion

Smell is also highly emotive. Did you know that smell is extremely important when it comes to the attraction between two people? Research has shown that our body odor, produced by the genes that make up our immune system, can help us subconsciously choose our partners.

It is likely that much of our emotional response to smell is governed by association. Different people can have completely opposite perceptions of the same smell. A specific perfume can smell wonderful to one person and overpowering or even nauseating to another person. Despite this, there are certain smells that all humans find repugnant, largely because they warn us of danger: the smell of smoke or rotten food.

Smelling Candles

The creators of Milkhouse Candles recognize the influence smell can have on each of us. Because of this, they carefully research and blend each of their fragrances. They want the fragrance of a Milkhouse candle to trigger memories of places or events that may be long forgotten. They also create scents you can enjoy and that boost your mood or provide a sense of relaxation.

What Milkhouse fragrance resonates most with you? Browse our site to find an aroma that can take you to another time or place.

New Year’s Resolutions with Milkhouse Candles

We are almost through the first month of 2017. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Maybe you want to lose some weight, learn something new or just be healthier. At Milkhouse Candles & More, we decided this year we just want people to learn to relax. It’s so easy to get caught up in daily activities and become stressed by having too much to get done and not enough time to do it.

Research has shown the drawbacks of stress and lack of sleep. It directly affects your health in negative ways. It’s also been shown that taking breaks and finding ways to relax throughout the day will make you more productive.

A few things you can do throughout your day include pausing and taking deep breaths. While you’re at work or busy with your daily chores, remember to pause every once in awhile. Close your eyes for a minute, stretch or look out the window. Just a minute or two will relax your mind and help you refocus to finish the next task.

If you just got through a stressful situation like an upsetting phone call or busy commute, pause afterwards and take a few deep breaths. To aid with this relaxation technique, close your eyes and take deep breathes in and out. You can think of your favorite place or somewhere you enjoy like a beach or vacation spot. Focus on that for a few minutes. It will relieve the stress and help you calm down.

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Here are some other ideas to help you relax when you have a little more time:

Walking releases endorphins to help you feel better. It also allows you to take in the scenery and get some fresh air.

Aerobic Exercise
Increase your heart rate with a higher intensity exercise. Again this will release feel-good endorphins and help you burn off any extra stress or anxiety. You can participate in a group class at a gym, go for a run, play a team sport or whatever you love to do! Find something you can enjoy whether alone or with others.

Yoga, tai chi and pilates are designed around relaxation and breathing techniques to help you de-stress.

Taking up a hobby
People with stressful jobs find it helpful to take up a hobby that allows them to switch their brains off from work. Anything can go here from knitting to horseback riding.

Burning candles
Aromatherapy candles can help you relax and learn to enjoy the moment. Milkhouse Candles has several scents that are meant to remind you of other places or times, allowing you to recharge without going anywhere.

Taking a warm bath
A nice warm bath helps the muscles relax and encourages a general feeling of relaxation. This can also be enjoyed while listening to music and burning candles.

Watching a film or reading a book
Many people find that escaping from reality helps them relax and unwind.

Meeting a friend
Visiting with a friend or family member can help take your mind off any worries.

So, our hope and challenge for you this year is to find time to sit back and relax. You will be happier for it, and the people around you will be happier too! Have a great 2017!

Milkhouse Candles Make Great Gifts

Do you know someone who is hard to buy for? Maybe they already seem to have everything or you just aren’t sure what they would like. Well, one gift that seems to be great for anyone is a scented candle.

Milkhouse candles make great gifts for many reasons. In fact, they are one of the top gifts given and received! Here are a few reasons why they make such great gifts.

Provide Relaxation
One reason people like candles so much is because they often evoke a soothing, relaxing atmosphere. A scented candle can be enjoyed while soaking in a bubble bath or reading a book. Gazing at the flame can be a mesmerizing experience that relaxes the eyes and the mind.

Create Atmosphere
The soft glow of a candle creates a romantic atmosphere for intimate evenings at home. Because a candle throws light on a relatively small area, it creates a sense of intimacy among people basking in its glow.

Candle Aromatherapy

Give Aromatherapy
One of the best reasons to give scented candles as gifts is due to their aromatherapy properties. Aromatherapy is the practice of using scents and fragrances to create an atmosphere and stimulate the senses. As you think about the different aromatherapy properties connected to particular scents, you will better choose the fragrance that your gift recipient will love.

Scents of lavender, vanilla or eucalyptus can help shed the day’s stress and relax. Other fragrances can awaken your senses or bring back memories. Milkhouse Candles are created to use your strong sense of smell to invoke memories of places or events both real and imagined. You can help your friend or family member travel to a favorite place or time.

Can Be for Women and Men
Many people believe candles are only for women, but candles are great gifts for men as well. There are many scents that appeal to both men and women. In addition, candles can be given with a gift basket full of other products the person will enjoy. For women, this could include spa products like lotion or body wash. For men, this could be cologne and maybe a book.

Whether as a Christmas gift, birthday gift or for any other occasion, candles are a great item to share with the ones you love. Browse our Milkhouse Candles selection to see the variety of fragrances we have available. You can also find other gift ideas for those who can be a challenge knowing what they might like.

Holiday Milkhouse Candle Fragrances

Ready or not, the holiday season is quickly approaching. This time of year can bring many different feelings for people, from stress over all the holiday planning to joy and thankfulness when family gets together. Whatever your emotion, we have a candle fragrance to enhance the happiness or remind you to slow down and enjoy the moment.

Here are some popular Milkhouse Candles that will bring holiday scents to your home.


Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all we have – home, family, friends, health, etc. This candle fragrance is a perfect blend of fresh, vibrant notes of grapefruit, bergamot and fresh soft florals. Amid all the busyness, find time to sit back and enjoy the emotions this heavenly scent is sure to evoke. This is also a perfect gift to show someone special how you feel.

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Welcome Home

The holidays are a time for welcoming loved ones to your home. This candle fragrance brings the warmth of a family gathering to mind with its sweet, spicy, fruity and delicious scent. Think of warm hearth fires and fresh baked goodies from the oven as you burn this Milkhouse candle.

Cinnamon Stick

Just the smell of cinnamon can make you think of holiday baking. Cinnamon is a sweet complement to so many desserts and recipes – including pies, cookies, breads and more. You may also think of a cinnamon stick with a warm cup of apple cider. No matter where your mind goes when you smell cinnamon, this candle will bring those thoughts back. The strong cinnamon fragrance also has a woodsy undertone.

Scotch Pine

This fabulous pine fragrance will fill your home with the smell of a dense pine forest after a fresh rain. Enjoy the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree all season long.


This fragrance will bring the rustic warm fragrance of smoldering firewood. If you don’t have a wood burning fireplace, you can still enjoy the smell of one while sitting around with family and friends.

Victorian Christmas

This one even has Christmas in its name! The fragrance brings fresh cut boughs from the deep woods mingled with rich spice. It’s a nostalgic, sophisticated fragrance that’s perfect for the holidays.

Try one or more of these holiday fragrances to help you enjoy the season. Browse our Milkhouse Candles selection to purchase any of these scents or to find others you may enjoy in your home.

Candle Scents for Autumn

Autumn is in full swing with leaves changing from green to bright reds, oranges and yellows. The crisp morning air brings promises of colder days when it will be time to pull on the sweaters and sit around a fire sipping hot chocolate. For now, we can enjoy the cooler temperatures by spending some time outside or preparing for winter by cozying up inside.

Fall is popular for outdoor activities like hiking, camping, hunting and more. It’s also a time when we begin to be inside more with shorter days and colder nights. With all this in mind, we wanted to share some Milkhouse Candle scents that we feel represent this time of year. So whether you enjoy the cool crisp air outside or prefer the cozy feel of staying inside, we have something for you!

Cranberry Amaretto Milkhouse Candle

Cranberry Amaretto
Ripe red cranberries combine with the famous almond liquer in this Milkhouse candle creation. This is a consistent best seller. Whether you enjoy the cocktail or not, this candle will bring a sweet fragrance to your home, with a reminder that the holidays will soon be approaching.

Sticky Buns
Who doesn’t love some warm and gooey cinnamon rolls for breakfast on a crisp fall morning? That smell wafting from the oven as they bake can make your mouth water. Well with this candle, you can have that delicious smelling aroma fill your house without the added calories!

Sweet Woods
If you are the type that loves the smell of the woods, this is the candle for you! It provides a rich, full fragrance bursting with woodsy balsam and sandalwood. It also has accents of ripe fruits and rich florals with a hint of smoky spice. You will be transported from your home back to the great outdoors.

Cabin Fever
We know the cold weather is just beginning to set in, so you probably don’t have cabin fever yet, but this fragrance still smells of fall. It’s woodsy, warm and spicy. So when the days get shorter and you can’t stay in the woods as long as you’d like, you can enjoy being inside with this inviting aroma. Cabin Fever is another Milkhouse favorite.

We hope you can enjoy autumn and all it brings, both inside and outside your home. Try one or more of these fall candles to truly help you enjoy the season. Browse our Milkhouse Candles selection to purchase any of these scents or to find others you may enjoy in your home.

The History of Candles: Part 2

In our previous blog post, we discussed the beginning of candles dating back to the Ancient Egyptians and Romans. For this post, we will continue with the history of candles through the 19th and 20th centuries up to today.

19th Century Candles
Natural CandlesMany of the major developments impacting contemporary candlemaking occurred during the 19th century. In the 1820s, French chemist Michel Eugene Chevreul learned how to extract stearic

acid from animal fatty acids. This led to the development of stearin wax, which was hard, durable and clean burning. Stearin candles are still popular in Europe today.

In 1834, inventor Joseph Morgan developed a machine that allowed for continuous production of molded candles by using a cylinder with a movable piston to eject candles once they solidified. With mechanized production, candles became much more affordable for all people.

In the 1850s, paraffin wax was introduced when chemists learned how to efficiently separate the naturally-occurring waxy substance from petroleum and refine it. Paraffin is odorless and bluish-white in color. It burned cleanly and was more economical to produce than any other candle fuel. The only disadvantage was a low melting point, but this was soon overcome by adding the harder stearic acid, which was then widely available.

Candlemaking began to decline with the invention of the light bulb in 1879.

20th Century Candles
During the first half of the 20th century, candles enjoyed a renewed popularity. The growth of U.S. oil and meatpacking industries brought an increase in the byproducts that had become the basic ingredients for candles: paraffin and stearic acid.

Candles remained steady in popularity until they began to increase notably in the mid-1980s. This is when candles were seen more as decorative items, mood-setters and gifts. Soon candles were available in various sizes, shapes and colors. Consumer interest in scented candles also began to escalate.

An unprecedented surge in the popularity of candles happened in the 1990s. During this time, new types of candle waxes were also being developed. In the U.S., agricultural chemists began to develop soybean wax, which is softer and slower burning than paraffin.

21st Century and Beyond
Candles made with soy wax are becoming better known, and consumers are beginning to turn to them because of the health benefits. Soy candles do not give off the dangerous chemicals like paraffin candles do when burning. Also, as a plant-based product, soy is renewable, whereas paraffin is not. Soy is a ubiquitous crop in the United States, and the wax can be developed inexpensively. Most likely, soy candles will continue to grow in popularity in the coming years.

There is no doubt that candles will continue to evolve in the future. How popular they will remain is anyone’s guess, but we don’t think they will ever disappear. Candles provide a sense of comfort and romance by filling a room with soft light or by emitting aromas in the air for us to enjoy. We feel that candles will continue to do this, while also becoming better for the environment and for us.

Milkhouse Candles are made from natural soy and beeswax. They provide familiar scents while not giving off harmful chemicals. Find a candle you can enjoy burning in your home!

The History of Candles: Part 1

Candles have been used for light and illumination for more than 5,000 years. However, little is known about their origin. It is believed that the first candles were developed either by the Ancient Egyptians or the Romans. Through the years, candles have continued to evolve from being a necessity to more of an item for celebrations and home décor.

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The First Candles

The Ancient Egyptians used torches by soaking the pithy core of reeds in melted animal fat; however, these lights had no wick so are not really a true candle. The first candle with a wick is credited to the Romans who dipped rolled papyrus repeatedly in melted tallow or beeswax. The resulting candles were used to light their homes, for religious ceremonies and to aid travelers at night.

Historians have found evidence of other early civilizations developing candles with wicks using waxes made from available plants and insects. In Japan, candles were made of wax extracted from tree nuts. Early Chinese may have molded candles in paper tubes, using rolled rice paper for the wick and wax from an indigenous insect that was combined with seeds. In India, candle wax was made by boiling the fruit of the cinnamon tree.

Candles during the Middle Ages

Most early Western cultures relied primarily on candles rendered from animal fat (tallow). During the Middle Ages, beeswax candles were introduced in Europe. Unlike animal-based tallow, beeswax burned pure and clean, without producing a smoky flame. It also emitted a pleasant, sweet smell rather than the foul, acrid odor of tallow. Beeswax candles were widely used for church ceremonies, but since they were expensive, few individuals other than the wealthy could afford to burn them at home.

Tallow candles remained the common household candle for Europeans. By the 13th century, candlemaking had become a guild craft in England and France. Candlemakers (chandlers) went from house to house making candles from the kitchen fats saved for that purpose. They would also make and sell their own candles from small candle shops.

Colonial Candles

Colonial women were the first to bring America’s contribution to candlemaking. They discovered that boiling the grayish-green berries of bayberry bushes produced a sweet-smelling wax that burned cleanly. However, extracting this wax was extremely tedious, so the popularity soon diminished.

The first major change in candlemaking since the Middle Ages came in the late 18th century. Spermaceti, a wax obtained by crystallizing sperm whale oil, became available in quantity. Like beeswax, the spermaceti wax did not elicit a bad odor when burned, and it produced a significantly brighter light. It was also harder than either tallow or beeswax, so it didn’t soften or bend in the summer heat. Historians note that the first “standard candles” were made from spermaceti wax.

We will continue with candles through the 19th and 20th centuries to today in part 2 of this blog series. Be sure to check back for that later!

What’s so great about Soy Candles?

Most candles are made from paraffin wax, but now more candles are being made from soy or other natural sources. Milkhouse Candles, as an example, are made from soy and beeswax. So what makes these candles different from traditional paraffin candles? Here are some benefits of soy candles.

Milkhouse Soy Candle

Soy candles are made from soybeans, a natural, renewable source grown in many regions by local farmers. Paraffin candles are made from petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source that contains carcinogenic substances. These substances can be released into the air when burning. Soy candles have no such harmful substances.

Cleaner Burn
Soy candles burn fairly clean with only a minimal amount of black soot released. Paraffin candles often create a significant amount of black soot that collects on the jar, as well as on walls and other surfaces of your home. The black soot is just a visual of what you are breathing in when burning paraffin candles. Soy candles are non-toxic, which means no pollutants are released when burning.

Longer Lasting
Soy candles tend to last longer than paraffin candles of the same size. The reason for this is the slower burning time and cooler burning temperature of the soybean-based wax. You may pay more for a soy candle initially, but the longer-lasting burn means you won’t have to buy new candles as often.

Stronger Scent
Soy candles seem to work well for holding the scent from essential oils. Because soy wax has a lower melting temperature, the wax melts quicker after being lit, dispersing the scent faster into the room. Since these candles burn slower, the scent continues to be gradually released.

Environmentally Friendly
We’ve mentioned several aspects of this already, but soy candles are much healthier for the environment. Not only is soy wax biodegradable and a cleaner burning alternative, but it’s also a benefit to the land. Soybeans complement corn in the growing cycle. As corn grows, it depletes the soil of nitrogen. Solely growing corn over time can make the ground infertile. Soybeans, however, naturally replenish the soil of nitrogen. Many farmers rotate the two crops to keep production up while also managing the health of the soil.

Milkhouse Candles chose soy as the wax for their candles because of these reasons and also as a way to support their local farmers who grow soybeans. It supports jobs, helps the environment and provides a healthier option for adding fragrance to your home.

Milkhouse Soy Candles are a great alternative to traditional paraffin candles. To find out for yourself, Browse Our Selection Online or visit one of our Retail Locations.

The History of Milkhouse Candles

Every new product or business has a story – how it got started, the people behind it and the hard work and countless hours it took to make it a success. The story behind Milkhouse Candles is no different. We want to share some of the history in order to give you a full appreciation for these candles.

Eric and Janet Sparrow from Osage, Iowa, began making candles as a hobby in 2002. They made their first candles in standard canning jars bought at local auctions and then shared the creations with family, friends and co-workers. Soon requests for more began to pour in. They eventually left their full-time jobs to focus on their candle business. Inspired by the need to make a cleaner, healthier candle experience, the couple spent years researching, experimenting and creating to establish the Milkhouse Candle Company.

You can learn more about their journey from the video below.

So what makes these candles so unique? Besides the fact that they are made in America by a family-owned business, Milkhouse Candles are a natural choice in many ways. The natural and renewable waxes used to make the candles contain none of the carcinogens that are often found in paraffin candles. In fact, the soy wax for the candles comes from soybeans locally grown in Iowa. The candles contain no artificial colors, and there is no lead in the wicks. In addition, the glassware used to house the wax is 40 percent recycled and 100 percent recyclable! So, even when the wax is gone, the candle jars can still be used for other purposes!

A variety of scents are available in Milkhouse Candles, each meant to invoke memories of places or events, both real and imagined. Currently, the company has 11 different fragrance categories, each with numerous unique scents. The categories include: spring/summer, fall, winter, holiday, beverage, culinary, woodsy, spa, floral, botanical and masculine.

The bestselling line of Milkhouse Candles is the Creamery Collection, which includes various sizes of nostalgic containers. Sizes include a 5 ounce cream jar, 8 ounce milk bottle, and 16 and 22 ounce butter jar to house the wax. All of the Milkhouse Candles fragrances are available in the Creamery Collection.

Thanks to their natural beeswax and soy blend and lack of artificial ingredients, Milkhouse Candles are thought to be the cleanest burning candles available on the market.

Browse our selection of Milkhouse Candles online or visit one of our Retail Locations to enjoy these candles yourself.

Welcome to Our Site!

Welcome to the Milkhouse Soy Candles and More website! We are proud to offer these amazing candles as well as other quality candles and specialty items. Please browse our site to see all that’s available.

Milkhouse Candles are made in the USA from natural, renewable waxes and contain none of the carcinogens that regular paraffin candles contain. There are no artificial colors added, and no lead is in the wicks. The Milkhouse blend of waxes is simple: pure beeswax and natural soy wax from soybeans grown in America’s upper Midwest. In addition to having an all-natural candle, the containers they come in are made from 40 percent recycled glassware, and they are 100 percent recyclable!

In addition to Milkhouse Candles, we carry various other candles including Swan Creek, WoodWick, Northern Lights and Flashpoint. We also carry Michel Design hand soaps, lotions and accessories. We have other specialty items like beer soaps, and we will continue adding new products!

Please Browse Our Site for fragrant candles, soaps, décor items and one-of-a-kind gifts. We are sure you’ll find something you love!

If you have any questions about the items we carry, feel free to give us a call at 888-838-4067 or, if you live in Minnesota, visit one of our Retail Stores.