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K-Culture:韓國年輕人現在流行這個環保大豆蠟燭

HF Crewon May 18, 2015 at 11:15 am

Imagine yourself at the end of a day, coming home to a cozy couch with some lovely music. Wouldn’t it be perfect if there was a lit candle and a mellow smell? Well, you’re not alone. Soy candles are on the rise among young Koreans nowadays. So, what exactly is a soy candle, and what’s all the hype about?

試想像當你完成一天的工作,回到家中坐在舒適的沙發上,聽著優美的音樂,如果能夠加上一個會散發香氣的蠟燭,不是更加完美嗎?有這樣想法的你其實並不孤單。大豆蠟燭是一個在韓國年輕人圈子中冒起的熱潮。那究竟甚麼是大豆蠟燭?為何它會成為熱潮呢?

韓國女團Rainbow的栽經Jae-Kyung除了懂得時裝設計、烹飪和畫畫之外,閒時更喜歡製作大豆蠟燭。 Photo via ohkpop.com
韓國女團Rainbow的栽經Jae-Kyung除了懂得時裝設計、烹飪和畫畫之外,閒時更喜歡製作大豆蠟燭。
Photo via ohkpop.com

Soy candle parts away from its common candles made from paraffin wax, since, as the name suggests, soy candles use soy wax as its major source. Soy wax is acquired from soybean oil, and paraffin wax is derived from paraffin oil from petroleum. The use of natural ingredients could also explain why soy candles stand firmer compared to paraffin candles. It is also known that candles emit harmful substances that could harm respiratory organs or trigger allergies. Also, soy candle has a lower melting temperature than that of a paraffin candle, which allows soy candles to last longer.

大豆蠟燭與一般蠟燭不同之處就是正如它的名字,是由黃豆油提煉的大豆蠟製成的,與一般由石油提取石蠟所造的蠟燭不同。從取材中我們就可以知道採用天然材料製成的大豆蠟燭為何比石蠟蠟燭好。還有石蠟製的蠟燭會排出有害物質,可能會損害呼吸器官和引起過敏。另外,大豆蠟燭溶點較低,令它比較耐用。

INNISFREE tangerine blossom perfumed candle, HKD 227, from AMAZON Kmall24 RUHIG Licht Handmade Soy Candle, HKD 440, from AMAZON
Our Picks:
左:INNISFREE tangerine blossom perfumed candle, HKD 227, from AMAZON
右:Kmall24 RUHIG Licht Handmade Soy Candle, HKD 440, from AMAZON

Not to mention the special mood and romantic atmosphere it creates, lighting up soy candles have some other perks. Firstly, it gets rid of unwanted odor from the room. Aftermath of cooking usually leaves bad traces of smell, especially when you cook seafood. Just put a candle, and it will do the work itself by replacing the uninvited smells with sweet fragrances.

相信大家都知道蠟燭能營造特別的情調和浪漫感覺,除此以外,其實大豆蠟燭還有不同的好處。首先,大豆蠟燭能讓房子空氣清新。煮食後通常都會留下少量不好聞的味道,特別是煮海鮮的時候。所以你只需點起蠟燭,所有的氣味都會被氛香取代。

RED BRICK CANDLE No.3 – Lush Purple and White Lilac, HKD225, from AMAZON
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RED BRICK CANDLE No.3 – Lush Purple and White Lilac, HKD225, from AMAZON

Moreover, soy candles can aid in aromatherapy, which uses fragrance to treat disorders, such as insomnia and stress management. Soy candles can even be excellent home decoration materials. For those of you who think lighting up or putting out candles are too much to do, aroma reed diffusers will do. Aroma reed diffuser is a set of glass-bottled aroma oil that fumes out aroma through the wooden sticks. Though they won’t provide the light and warmth, aroma diffusers could provide the same aromatic comfort as soy candles do. All you have to do is to uncork the bottle, put wooden sticks in the bottle, spread them and leave the glass open. Soon it will start to fill your room with nice fragrance, and even last much longer than soy candles.

此外,大豆蠟燭可以用作香薰治療,它的香氣可以治療身體的失調,例如失眠和壓力。大豆蠟燭更是一個很好的家居裝飾品。若你認為點蠟燭是一件麻煩事,那籐枝香薰必定是你杯茶。籐枝香薰是利用籐枝放進盛滿香薰油的玻璃瓶中,籐枝吸收香薰油後就會釋放香味。即使籐枝香薰無火無熱,但它仍然能夠提供跟大豆蠟燭相同的芳香和舒適。你所需要做的就是打開香薰油瓶子,再放進籐枝,把籐枝在瓶內分散和保持瓶子開啟。不久香薰油的香氣就會填滿你的空間,甚至比大豆蠟燭維持更長時間。

去年聖誕,Innisfree請來少女時代的Yoona為他們的聖誕活動作代言人,聖誕系列當中亦不乏香薰產品。 Photo courtesy of Innisfree
去年聖誕,Innisfree請來少女時代的Yoona為他們的聖誕活動作代言人,聖誕系列當中亦不乏香薰產品。
Photo courtesy of Innisfree

Most home decoration shops nowadays offer handmade products both offline and online. Are you ready to give it a try?

不論在線上或線下,你都能輕易地從家品店中買到手工製蠟燭,準備好嘗試一下這股大豆蠟燭的風潮了嗎?

Our Picks: 左:Olfactics Collection Aromatic Reed Diffuser Oil, HKD382, from ETSY 右:JO MALONE London Pine & Eucalyptus Diffuser, HKD888, from AMAZON
Our Picks:
左:Olfactics Collection Aromatic Reed Diffuser Oil, HKD382, from ETSY
右:JO MALONE London Pine & Eucalyptus Diffuser, HKD888, from AMAZON
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