It is the last week of August – the most tender of times in the year that is at once filled to the brim with anticipation (after all, the first day of school – September 1 – will be here soon, stirring a small excitement in even those that have left their last school decades behind) and bittersweet regret that yet another summer is at its end… But hold your horses! Whoever, wherever, whyever, and whenever said that summer must draw to a close at the end of August? First, the calendar clearly states that the last day of summer this year is September 21 – that is three weeks of summer found lying around just like that! Second, summer lasts until one can go about their hustle and bustle in a cozy manner outdoors without the cold biting at one’s toes or making one’s teeth chatter. And seeing as calendar months well suited for happy outdoor activities in Estonia are shamefully few, one must enjoy to the fullest the times that do favor out-of-doors endeavors – never mind what the calendar has to say about summer or fall (or any other time of year – remember last year’s “winter”?).
The first essential element that is required in addition to suitable weather to have fun outdoors is – you guessed it! – good company, be it family members, friends, relatives, or nice coworkers. The second thing you need is location: garden, terrace, balcony, why not barbeque grounds or a scenic spot by the sea. Third, (we were just talking about tender summer nights, remember) a little warmth and light couldn’t hurt. It is devotedly romantic to gaze at falling stars, glimmering clouds in the night sky, and the play of Northern lights with your darling dear; however, one must admit that not all of us are destined to relish in such an idyllic scene on a tender summer night – groping about in pitch dark, looking for your child’s lost toy that they absolutely need right this very minute is much less enticing (and way less romantic). Hence, there must be light and there will be light! But what kind of light? If we adopt another perspective, anyone (also those with kids and other distracting factors) can find a moment here or there for a little idyllic moment and so it is that we do not really long for an extra-hyper-super bright light (especially that bluish light of hospital operating rooms or, god forbid, clothing store changing rooms, you know the one). What if we light some candles? Candles are nice but they drip and melt and you need a special holder for them and if you have a garden tent or pavilion with a white roof, for example, the soot from the candle can leave a dark circle on it (by the way, the same thing can happen when you try to make bath time romantic with candle light but that’s another story). Long story short – it’s much ado about nothing. Yet, the flame of the candle is so pretty, especially in the tender summer night – there must be a way! Indeed, there is a way and the perfect solution (we promise, it’s one that requires much less ado) does exist! Have you ever heard of powder candles? No? Well then, see, a powder candle is a nifty invention that works like this – and I’m simplifying this just a tad – open the cup, pour the powder from the cup into a suitable container, stick in the candlewick, light it, and – Voilà! – enjoy hours and hours of cozy and soft light (with an unspeakably pleasant scent if you wish). As we at TheCandledust like to put it: these here are not your average candles, these are cool candles! And they really are cool. First, powder candles are easy-peasy to take along anywhere because they are lightweight and anything that is “left over” after you snuff the candle, i.e. that which is not used, can simply be poured back into the packet and used again next time. Going on a picnic, to the beach, or on a hike, powder candles to last you for an evening or two will not make your picnic basket or backpack considerably heavier (truth be told, you won’t even notice the candle’s weight in your bag), yet will render any place at which you light them much cozier. Second, one packet lasts for eons – a 680g powder candle packet provides 140 hours of light. This essentially means that you could burn the same candle non-stop for a whole working week (although I doubt anyone would really do this). So, as you see, one packet does indeed last a while. Third, we have bent over backwards to find just the right and “true” scent for TheCandledust powder candles. In addition to unscented candle powder, we currently offer two special scents: morning-fresh and brisk Breeze and sunny springtime-resplendent Rhubarb Sparkle. Forth, use our powder candles to give wing to your fantasy and creativity just precisely as much as you feel like it. Namely, TheCandledust powder candles do not come in a defined shape or color as do your normal candles; instead, you can make your own candle using any fire resistant container of your choice. Just make sure the container is at least 8 cm in diameter and, naturally, fire resistant. Powder candles make perfect decorations for more formal events – use large transparent containers of varied shapes and adorn the sides with flowers or other trinkets… The possibilities are endless. As making powder candles is that easy, the youngest members of any party can (and in our experience, want to) manage it easy-breezy as well. Fifth, all of TheCandledust’s powder candle ingredients and packets are environmentally friendly: all of the parts used can be reprocessed and recycled – using our powder candles, you do your bid in making sure that future generations as well can enjoy their tender summer nights. Sixth, it is safe to say our powder candles set the mood! This whole concept – natural scents, vegetable wax based ingredients, and the fact that you can use whatever you like to make a candle exactly to your and your loved ones’ liking – truly works. If you have not tried a powder candle yet or just now heard about it for the first time, do not miss this chance to see for yourself – we have no doubts you will not regret your choice! By the way, TheCandledust powder candle packets come in a chic design making them an awesome gift. Tender summer nights will run their course, yet we will have to weather some dark and long winter nights – there are more than enough moments perfect for lit candles.