Burn until enough wax melts, the directions read for a candle created by a group of Kwantlen Polytechnic University students.
Extinguish flame. Rub oil on a partner’s body. For external use only. Do not lick. Discontinue use if irritation occurs.
Called Sexy Time, the product is one of the four candles produced by seven fourth-year marketing students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
They've launched a business, applying what they have learned in school. It's a practicum project, and they will graduate in May this year.
The group is composed of Dorothy Poudel, Jesse Kopan, Brittany Livramento, Yuliaty Dhani, Nina Wang, Robyn Wheeler, and Kyle Oser.
According to Poudel, Sexy Time is the group’s premium candle in the collection that is made from soy wax and essential oils. With no animal by-products used, the candles are eco-friendly.
“That has been really popular because it’s a unique idea, and a lot of people haven’t done it before,” Poudel told the Straight in a phone interview about Sexy Time.
With notes of sweet orange, neroli, patchouli and ylang ylang, Sexy Time’s blend “works out to be equal parts sexy and romantic”, according to the product’s marketing plug online.
For their business project, the group set up a nonprofit called Boost Your Mood. In addition to candles, the students also sell macarons and bath products that are sourced from local makers.
Proceeds go to the Kwantlen Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing Management Scholarship Fund, and Sophie’s Place Child Advocacy Centre, a group that helps abused children.
“Initially we thought maybe our friends and families were just being nice in buying our candles, but the public has been amazingly receptive,” Poudel said.
Orders can be made online, or at the Boost Your Mood pop-up shops at Kwantlen’s Richmond campus every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Poudel and her colleagues will have their last day in school on April 6. If all or some of them may decide to continue with Boost Your Mood, their candles could brighten their business future.