Archive for the 'Candles & Perfume' Category

Our Holiday Candles + How We Are Using Nature to Decorate

Written on December 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

We just made a large bath of many different types of candles for the holiday season. It is so fun and festive to make candles for a holiday tradition. We scented our candles with comforting and warming scents. Our holiday color scheme is gold, cream and red. We love decorating with nature and scenting our homes with comforting scents during this time of year. Below are the current home decor and home scents we are loving.

Natural Home Holiday Decor

  • Candles
  • Fresh Foliage
  • Pine Cones & Cinnamon Sticks
  • Poinsettias
  • Wreaths

Holiday Scents

  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Clove
  • Fresh Evergreen

 

You can make the same candles we did, learn how to here>>

 

 

What are your favorite scents and decor for this time of year?…

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Everything I know about candle making from the past 10 years!

Written on April 13, 2015 at 4:02 pm

I can’t believe how much time I spent on revising this candle class!!! Over a month and countless hours. I was only going to add a few more candles to the class. Well, it evolved into including EVERYTHING I know about candle making from the past 10 years! I shared it all. It is packed full of natural candles to make and instructions and resources.

Candle making is an art and a science. From all my years, I devised simple essential oil candles that anyone can make. Some of my favorite candles are gemstone candles. I included these too. I make and use candles a lot and I have fun making and burning them.…

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Is Tallow still necessary in soap?

Written on July 7, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Tallow is a common ingredient in many products, including most soaps, eye makeup, lipsticks, makeup bases and foundations, shampoos, shaving soaps, moisturizers and skin care products. Tallow is made by rendering animal fat, which means boiling the carcasses to create fatty byproducts. The dead animals used to make tallow come from many different sources, including labs, slaughterhouses, zoos, shelters, and roadkill.

To me there is nothing more unappealing than the thought of bathing in rendered animal fat to get clean (turns my stomach just thinking about it and the scent that comes along with it). Tallow (as well as Lard- pig fat) is what most commercially mass-produced soaps are made from and is the largest percentage ingredient. …

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Soy & Veggie Wax Candles

Written on May 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Are you still buying store bought candles? Once you make your own candles for the first time you may never go back to store bought candles again! You will learn how simple it is to make candles, how much money you will save in doing so and how much better you will feel knowing they burn clean and you are not breathing in toxic fumes.

These 8 ounce candles retail for about $14- $25 and cost about $3 to make. I made 30 of them and saved $300- $600+ by making them myself!

It took me a lot of money, time, trial and error to figure out which wicks work best for soy wax and the glass containers.…
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Making Veggie Wax Candles

Written on February 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Last weekend was a balmy overcast weekend. Whenever it gets like this, I like to stay in and make candles. I made a lot of candles. I burn candles all throughout my house and I like to give them as gifts. Almost everyone likes candles. My favorite candles are glass container candles made with soy, veggie or coconut wax. Glass container candles don’t drip wax, they are safely contained, they burn for a long time, they look beautiful and they are easy to refill. Once the candles have burned down, I wash out the tiny bit of remaining wax with hot water and soap.
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