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Fragrant Flames Pacifica's aromatherapeutic candles emanate a soft, pleasantly warm fragrance that evokes a sense of time and place for your soul.

The aroma of candles as therapy

By Diana Rupp

What could be more relaxing than a flickering flame in a darkened room, emanating a soft, pleasantly warm fragrance? OK, maybe there are a few other things, but none is as quick or as inexpensive a mood-setter as an aromatherapeutic candle.

Pacifica's line of handmade candles boasts an especially satisfying selection of notes blended to "evoke a sense of place, a memory or a moment for [your] soul." Zen, a mixture of green tea and honey, is an adoration of "the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It's about purity, harmony, imperfection and finding compassion in each of life's moments." Indian Chai, the "yogi's tea," a blend of black tea, vanilla bean and clove, relaxes the mind in preparation for meditation or love (chai is rumored to be an aphrodisiac). Mexican Cocoa, a yummy blend of chocolate, almonds, cinnamon and spices, smells like a steaming mug of hot chocolate, making it the perfect antidote to a cold day.

And, as if this weren't enough, Pacifica's candles work their magic even when they're not burning. The air quality in my stuffy Victorian flat has never been better.

Pacifica Candles range in price from $7 to $20 depending on size and can be found at Wishbone, 601 Irving St. and 242 Gough St., SF; 415/242-5540.

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From the September 21-October 4, 1998 issue of the Metropolitan.

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