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Candle adventures

Why?

I am making candles for helping the air quality in our home while the windows and doors are closed for the winter season. We have allergies and sometimes my children don’t want to go to bed at night. I made a good-night candle that has nice relaxing smells in it to help them relax before bed.

Creating

I mostly just took old candles and crayons, melted them in a double boiler, and then put them into glass containers.  The crayons were just for color, not for extra candle wax.  If you use a color that is already bonded to wax, it works better for a uniform color.  I wanted to have the candles contained for a little extra safety, so I just found fire proof containers to hold my candles.

I made my own wicks by braiding some twine and dipping it a few times in my hot wax.  I let it cool on some wax paper in between the dips in wax.  I used hot glue to hold down the wicks while I pored the hot wax into the containers.  I also added a little oil (coconut, grape seed & olive) to my wax since oil burns as well as wax.  Also I am interested in massage candles, so I wanted to experiment with different types of wax, oil, and gel.  I did not invest in the candle gel yet, but next time I will.

 

I made a orange colored one to smell like orange clove cinnamon for the bathrooms.  And I made a purple one that has it’s own smell.  I had many essential oils that are not certified pure essential oils (CPEO), so I used some tea tree hoping to purify the air, lots of lavender to help calm the kids before bed, and others that I can’t remember.

Using

So far we at least like having the candles.  Just watching them burn can be relaxing.  We like to tell bedtime stories and it give just enough light so they can see before they close their eyes.

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