Looking for a romantic gift for your special someone, or for something to inspire or indulge yourself?
Here are five B.C.-made treats sure to please all the senses...
1. Scents of natural beauty
Inspired by British Columbia’s gorgeous surroundings, Cowichan Bay-based Wild Coast Perfumery produces fragrances made with all-natural ingredients that they say are free of synthetics, petrochemicals, artificial fragrance oils, dyes, parabens and phthalates. The scents, which range from citrusy and fruity to floral to green to woodsy, take their names from some of the region’s locales renowned for their beauty: Cowichan Rose, Saltspring, Saturna and Island Wildflower. Not sure which would appeal? The brand offers a Discovery Set to help buyers decide which one they prefer.
$45-$138 | Available here
2. You light up my life
From Victoria’s Little Gold, this delicate Rays of Light necklace is crafted with a tiny topaz and gold vermeil on an 18-inch gold-fill chain. It's the perfect gesture to show your appreciation for that certain someone’s sunny ways.
$62 | Available here
3. Golden glow
Vancouver-based Brand & Iron’s gold series candle collection offers up both glam and a warm glow with a range of intoxicating scents to create a magical mood. Choose from sweet balsam, yuzu & birch, tobacco & vanilla, spruce & amber or sandalwood & lavender. The ethically produced small-batch soy wax candles are made without using parabens, phthalates, petroleum, or carcinogenic components, according to the brand.
$52 | Available here
4. Restorative romance
Soak up the romantic ambiance while you relax in a Himalayan and Epsom salt bath infused with the heady fragrance of rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils. The Rose Soaking Salts from North Vancouver’s Well Kept—the brand who aims to make shaving and bathing products more sustainable—are free of parabens, harmful chemical ingredients, and synthetic fragrances, says the company.
$24 | Available here
5. Just add bubbles
Sparkling wine always brings an air of festivity to almost any occasion. Make that fizzy beverage a rosé to boost the romantic ambiance with See Ya Later Ranch’s Sparkling Rosé, a blend of Tempranillo and Gamay grapes.
$25.99 | Everything Wine