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Food of Love February: Intimate Candlelight?

Buzz, February 19, 2015

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We last wrote about candles and their association with the festive season here and of course, they are also synonymous with birthday celebrations. But candles also have a long association with romance – they can instantly transform an environment and create an intimate mood and atmosphere through their soft glow and warm, calming scent.

Cosy & Intimate

Imagine taking your partner out for a romantic dinner and finding your table lit by harsh strip lighting – it just isn’t conducive to a cosy, intimate atmosphere that flickering candles at the table, augmented by some soft lighting, can create. And while it might seem clichéd, a candle lit dinner at home is probably something that doesn’t happen often, so, you could make a real occasion out of it for your partner by lighting tapered dinner candles on a candelabra to go with a suitably loving menu to match. You may even go one further and run them a bath, thick with bubbles and surrounded by lit candles – possibly for the both of you if there’s room in there.

Year od Scotland Food & Drink LogoThe Pollution of Paraffin

But really, imagine those candles sputtering, giving off sooty, greasy marks and a smell more akin to a petrol station than a natural therapies shop – kind of spoils the scene. That’s why when looking to create a romantic and intimate mood, paraffin candles should really be avoided. Not only are they guilty of the above, but these oil-based, highly refined petroleum by-products from a non-sustainable source contain up to 11 toxic compounds, carcinogens and chemicals such as toluene, alkenes and benzene that pollute your home, cause allergies and environmental damage – hardly a loving gesture!

The Beauty of Beeswax

 Instead, imagine a candle that emits the same naturally bright light as the spectrum of the sun, burns slowly and evenly with no dirty black discharge and comes from a renewable and natural source – beeswax. 100% beeswax candles are environmentally friendly and carbon neutral, undergoing no chemical processing. Not only do they not contain any toxins – they are the only candle that emit negative ions that help purify air quality while invigorating the body, all the while giving off a naturally formed scent of honey and floral quality of honeycomb. Did we also mention that honey was an aphrodisiac?! If you’re going to set the scene for a romantic night ahead, you’re better to love the planet as well as your partner, and that’s not cheating! xxx