Kinky Candles

May 7, 06:25 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

OK, I've been obsessed with scented candles lately. This obsession is partially fueled by the large number of spa supply catalogs that have been showing up in my mailbox featuring the newest spa trend, "massage" candles. These candles are composed of a vegetable-based wax, usually soy wax. The literature encourages users to light the candles, enjoy the (synthetic) fragrance, then extinguish the flame and smear the melted wax all over their clients, significant others and/or themselves.

From everything I've read, I've been led to believe that these things are selling like hotcakes. Is it just me, or does anyone else find the use of these weird candles to be repulsive, unsanitary and... just a little bit kinky?

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