I burn essential oils at home like a good thing for all sorts of situations, yoga, after cooking, before sleepytime, sexytime, when I have a cold, when people are coming over, headaches, my mood - you name it.
When I have the pleasure of working from home I find lighting a fragranced candle or some oils with pep help me to stay invigorated and focused. Recently I worked from Casa Me, My Best & I for the guts of a week so decided to crack open some Palm Beach candles I had in my stash. As aesthetically pleasing as they are and beautifully scented I found after a few hours immersed in their cloying perfume I was feeling nauseous and headachey.
Not quite the caffeined up Carrie Bradshaw image I had of myself tapatapping away with vigour on my lappie sucking a lollipop or gingerly inhaling a Marlboro Light or other pensive yet precocious activity in a mesmerising half ridiculous half fabulous ensemble.
No, en contraire. I was all a little green under the gills after perhaps inhaling too many phthalates from the synthetic perfume in said beautifully presented candles.
So off I virtually ventured to see if I could source a naturally fragranced, natural wax candle. I failed and I pride myself on my online shopping ability. There were some to be found but they were ridonkulously exy.(Sidenote: I since found a great offering in the form of Wicked Wix Organix in my first Eco Box)
So when one suffers a shopping sourcing fail the next best thing is to DIY.
I owned a candle making kit courtesy of Santa circa 1988, I could do this.
Coincidentally I had recently been reading about the health benefits of burning beeswax based candles; and how they create negative ions which attach themselves to pollutants and irritants in the air, making the nasty molecules heavy thus dragging them to the ground WWF Smackdown stylee.
Clever little bees give us candles that remove dust, dirt, odors, germs, viruses and other pollutants from the air we breathe all with a higher melting point so longer lasting, relatively smoke free and less drippage. All that and honey, respect little bees, respect!
So seeing as I am living in the land of honey and all, off I buzzed to the local farmers market and found Mr Honey Jo Farmer who had a big kilo slab of beeswax just waiting there with my name on it for $15. I don't know if he or I were more excited by my DIY beeswax candle making prospect.
A quick scout on eBay and I sourced some wicks from Hobby Galaxy for about $3, then I jumped into another tab and found some excellently priced 100% natural essential oil blends on magicessence.com.au. Too easy.
I had a stash of jars leftover from my wedding vases decor so I was now in the candle making way:
Chop chunks of wax to size. Beeswax is bloody hard. A cheese wire would be perfect. I cashed in a damsel in distress credit and sent the hubby out the back yard with a hacksaw.
Melt the wax cooking chocolate style over a bain-marie of simmering water. Be patient.
OR you can pop the wax in an oven-proof bowl and put in the oven at a really low temp like 70-80 degrees.
Prep your wicks. I fixed the metal wick holder to the base with a blob of melted wax ensuring it is centred so the candle burns evenly.
I then wrapped the excess length around a skewer so when taut it rested on the jar rim. This helps keep the wick straight as you pour.
Take the fully melted wax off the heat and add a generous amount of essential oils. My first batch I didn't add enough. Add at least 15 drops for a small jar sized candle.More if ya like em punchy.
Pour hot wax slowly into the jar trying to avoid spills on the edges and rim. I used a jug with a spout to melt my wax in so this step would be easier for the klutz in me.
Leave to set - I took advantage of low Hobart temps and put them out in the yard. They were set in no time.
Trim the wicks so you have at least 2-3 cm to light.
The easy one. Light, inhale, relax, enjoy.
Open a bottle of red, crack open a bar of Lindt with Sea Salt and breathe in that sweet, cleansed, naturally fragrant air with chosen therapeutic aromas. I guarantee it won't cause any headaches or nausea. I can't make the same claim for the vino.
Now to clean out a waxy old jar- just fill with boiling water, allow to cool.
The wax will melt in the heat, then rise when the water cools and the wax sets. Clean jar to reuse as a candle or upcycle & some leftover wax to recycle into another candle. Give yourself a green slap on the back you crafty mare!
Have you ever DIYed candles?
Do you get the sicky feeling from synthetic fragranced candles?
What can't bees do?