Why Buy Candles When You Can Make Your Own At Home?
To get started making candles, you’ll need a few supplies and tools. The startup cost is still relatively low though, and once you have your supplies in place, you’ll be able to create numerous inexpensive candles.
Wax. This is obviously the heart of the candle. There are three primary types to choose from in the candle-making world. Let’s take a quick look at each:
- Paraffin. The traditional wax used in candle-making for hundreds of years, and is still the most popular ingredient for candles on the shelves today. It’s cheap, and you can easily add colors and scents. The primary concern with paraffin is its potentially toxic nature. Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct, which automatically gives it a bad name for some folks. If all-natural products are your thing, it’s probably best to seek an alternative wax. Price: $2-$10 per lb.
- Soy. The newcomer on the block, and becoming more and more popular. It was created in the ’90s when the “natural” movement started to gain steam. It’s generally made with soybean oil, but also sometimes blended with paraffin and other waxes (palm, bees, etc.). It also easily accepts colors and scents. Price: $2-$10 per lb.
- Beeswax. The oldest candle-making ingredient; in fact, beeswax candles have been found in the great pyramids of Egypt. As the name implies, it’s produced by bees, and is a byproduct of the honey-making process. Because of that, it has a naturally golden color, as well as a subtle, sweet scent. It’s obviously a completely natural product, but you won’t be able to add other fragrances to it very effectively; the natural scent will interfere with any that you try to artificially add. It’s also the most expensive option. Price: $10+ per lb.
Most waxes you buy for candle-making will come in pellet form, making it much easier to work with, and much quicker to melt. If it does come in a block (my paraffin did), use a sharp knife to chop it into smaller chunks.
In my experiments, beeswax performed the worst of the waxes. It just didn’t burn as well as the others. And with no scent (I couldn’t detect much of the supposed natural scent), it sort of defeats one of the purposes of having a candle anyway. I didn’t notice too much of a difference between the soy and paraffin candles; user preference wins out there.
Wicks. The wrong wick can ruin your homemade candle. Your primary concern is size, which is really width. For the container candles that I’m guiding you through, you’ll almost always want a large wick (most are simply sized “small,” “medium,” or “large”). Since your candle likely has a diameter of a few inches, the larger wick is the way to go. Length of wick doesn’t matter much; you’ll probably be trimming it down no matter what.
Fragrance Oils. Without fragrance, you just have burning wax. While it looks nice, it doesn’t create the pleasing aroma that today’s candles are largely made for. There are thousands of scents to choose from that are just a google search away. I used candlescience.com to buy specially formulated candle fragrances. You can use essential oils, but from what I’ve researched, the final product doesn’t end up as nice. Choose from such masculine scents as Fireside (a blend of clove, amber, and sandalwood), Apples & Maple Bourbon, Blue Spruce, Buttered Rum, Coffee, Whiskey, and more.
Double Boiler. You can use a true double boiler if you’d like, but I went with a universal model that just sits on top of any pot you already have, and it’s worked great. Best of all, it’s cheap, and easily storable in a cupboard. This is definitely a must for candle-making; melting the wax directly over the flame in a normal pot is too hot.
Container(s). Coffee mugs, glassware, mason jars — anything that can withstand heat can be used as a container for a candle. I bought some 8oz mason jars, and they’ve been just right (cheap, too!). Having a lid makes them a breeze to transport/ship as well, so you can easily give them as gifts.
Accessories: Thermometer, Spatula, Old Pen(s), etc. Having a thermometer on hand is nice so you can quickly take the temperature of the wax. When you buy wax, especially some that’s designed for candle-making, it comes with instructions as to which temperature to add fragrance, when to pour into the container, etc. Use a spatula or spoon to stir the wax and break up larger chunks. Later, you’ll find out why old pens/pencils come in handy. As you go along, you may also find some little things you need; just be prepared for wax to end up on everything.
Note: The majority of the images below are from making the beeswax candle; the color of the wax makes it easier to see what’s going in images rather than the perfectly clear wax (until it sets and hardens, of course) of paraffin and soy. The process is literally exactly the same for all the wax types.
How to Make Your Own Container Candle
1. Prepare the Work Area
Dealing with wax is a rather messy affair. Especially as it melts, droplets can get anywhere and everywhere, and you won’t even know it until the wax dries. Set up newspaper or paper towels around your work area. Use those to set your thermometer, spatula, etc. on; beware, they’ll probably stick a little bit. Thankfully, wax isn’t that hard to clean (even though it may be a bit laborious), and you can usually just scrape it off with a fingernail. Also have your jars (or other containers) and wicks at the ready; once it gets going, the process goes a little quicker than you might initially expect.
2. Melt the Wax
Using your double boiler, melt the wax. Put a good amount of water in the bottom pan, put about half a pound of wax in the double boiler (this makes the perfect amount to fit in an 8oz mason jar), and watch it melt. It’s actually pretty fun to watch. Stir it and break up big chunks with the spatula. It only takes 10-15 minutes for the wax to melt. Be sure to keep an eye on the temperature; you want it to generally be around between 160 and 170 degrees. If it gets higher than that, take it off the heat.
3. Adhere Wick to Container
While the wax is melting, adhere the wick to the container. Some wicks have a little sticker built-in on the bottom, but most do not. Super glue is one option, but I actually used an old candlemakers trick with great success: As the wax starts melting, it’ll form a pool of liquid. Dip the metal tab of the wick into that melted wax, then quickly adhere it to the bottom of the container — centered of course. After just a couple minutes when the wax hardens, it’ll be stuck solid to the bottom.
4. Add Fragrance Oils and Stir
After all the wax is completely melted, add your desired fragrance oils. Each wax is different and requires different amounts per pound of wax, so follow the instructions that come with it if you’ve purchased candle wax specifically. If you bought a block of wax which isn’t necessarily just for candles, a safe bet would be 1 oz per pound of wax. Pour the fragrance into your double boiler, and stir for 30 seconds or so to ensure it’s evenly distributed.
5. Cool, and Pour Into Container
After you’ve added the fragrance oil, let it cool for a couple minutes. The optimal temp to pour your wax into the container is around 130-140 degrees; it sets better that way than if poured hotter. This doesn’t take very long — just a few minutes — so pay attention to your thermometer.
Once the wax is properly cooled, go ahead and pour it into the container. Keep a light hold on the wick so that it stays in the center; don’t tug too hard though or the adhesion to the bottom could be released. Since you’re pouring in hot wax which could melt the wax you used to stick the wick, that could happen anyways. If I gave the wax enough time to harden — 5 minutes or so — it didn’t seem to be a problem for me.
Don’t pour all the wax just yet, though. Save some in your boiler for after the initial pour sets. You’ll notice that it generally gets a nice sinkhole in the center. We’ll come back to that in just a couple steps.
6. Secure Wick
The wick, while attached to the bottom, may at first do some swaying in the liquid wax. You obviously want to ensure it stays nice and centered while the wax sets and hardens. Having an off-center wick means it won’t burn properly, and you don’t want that. Simply place a writing utensil or two (ones you don’t care a whole lot about) on top of the container with the wick in between. The wick doesn’t need to be super secured — it just needs to stay in place for a couple hours.
7. Let Cool, Then Top Off
As mentioned above, while the wax sets, it’ll likely form a sinkhole in the middle. You’ll have to let it cool for at least a few hours; it takes that long for the wax to fully set and for you to see how much it needs to be filled in. Re-heat the wax that you left in the boiler and top off the candle. Don’t add too much, or you may end up with another hole; just fill in the depression, adding a touch above what was already there for a smooth surface.
8. Trim Wick
You’ll probably have a few inches of wick sticking up from your candle. You’ll want to trim that down to just about 1/4″. A wick that’s too long will burn too big and hot. The way to know is by looking at the flame once it’s lit: if the flame is more than inch or so high, and flickers a lot, it’s too long. Trim it and light again.
9. Clean Up
You’re probably wondering how to clean up all that wax. Even doing the best you can, you won’t be able to get every drop into the container. There will be some in the boiler, on your tools, probably on your countertops, etc. The best way to clean it is to wipe the wax away with a paper towel while it’s still in liquid form. You don’t want to rinse it down the drain or put the tools in the dishwasher; while the wax will easily melt off, it can harden again and clog up your pipes. That’s why a paper towel or other disposable rag is the way to go. If the wax does harden before you’re able to clean it up, it thankfully scrapes off of just about anything pretty easily, so don’t fret too much.
10. Enjoy Your Candle!
See more: Vaselines Uses: Unbelieveable 18 Ways To Use Vaseline In Less Than 2 Minutes
Vaseline (petroleum jelly) has been around for almost 150 years and is a staple in many households. It is inexpensive and has an infinite number of uses. You might be surprised of all of the things Vaseline can do for you. Discover 18 uses for vaseline you may not have known about below!
1. cracked heels : Put a coat of Vaseline on your feet at night, cover them with socks and wake up to softer feet – every day! This way, you don’t have to be shy every time you go to get a pedicure.
2. Dry cuticles: Put Vaseline on your cuticles several times a day for softer and better looking cuticles every day.
3. Dry skin : Apply some vaseline on your elbows every day – they will stay soft and smooth. No more alligator elbows!
4. Easy nail polishing : Apply Vaseline to your cuticles before polishing your nails to keep color off of the skin around your nails. You’ll get a perfect manicure—minus the cleanup.
5. Remove stains : Vaseline can be used to lift makeup stains from your clothes as well as pillows, blankets, and sheets. With a damp washcloth, rub some vaseline on your clothing and rinse, then watch it disappear.
6. Help your scent stick around: Moisturized skin holds scents better, so rub Vaseline on your pulse points (wrists, neck, elbows, ankles and behind the knees) before spraying your perfume to make the scent last longer.
7. Dry lips: Exfoliate your lips and apply a small amount of vaseline daily to keep them hydrated and from refrying.
8. Exfoliant: Mix a cup of sugar or sea salt with essential oil to vaseline and you’ll have a great exfoliant that moisturizes as well.
9. Growing eyelashes: Add a small amount to your eyelashes with a cotton applicator each night and over time your eyelashes will appear longer and thicker.
10. Aftershave: To calm irritation from shaving or waving, vaseline should be applied in a thin layer over the treated skin.
11. Dandruff: Apply a small amount to massage to your scalp before shampooing. Vaseline will help eliminate skin shedding and itching.
12. Scars: To help diminish the appearance of scars after surgery or injury, apply vaseline daily as it helps regenerate skin cells.
13. Tattoos: Protect your tattoo and help your skin heal by adding a small amount to your tattoo. In addition, vaseline helps your skin preserve the color of your tattoo.
14. Hair dying: Add vaseline along your hair line before you dye your hair to avoid staining your skin.
15. Hide Split Ends: Apply Vaseline to your hair to avoid split ends, you only need to apply a small amount of Vaseline, and only to the tips of your hair. This will lock-in moisture and nourish your hair.
16. Makeup remover: Makeup remover can be expensive and tough on your eyes. Vaseline is an inexpensive option that easily and gently removes eyeliner, mascara, shadow, and even the eyelash glue your falsies leave behind.
17. Leather shine: Scuffed shoes? Buff a little Vaseline onto boots, shoes, bags, and any other leather goods that need polishing.
18. Razor Care : Keep your razors like new by smoothing a very thin layer of Vaseline onto the blades between uses. Make sure they’re completely dry first to prevent rust.
See more: Do You Have Warts? Use This Remedy To Eliminate Them In 5 Days
Warts are often associated with witches and frogs. Howeverm People don’t get warts from frogs or toads .
The root cause of all warts is the human papillomavirus, or HPV, of which there are more than 100 types. They’re caused by direct contact with HPV, which is contagious and makes skin grow faster than usual. You can get them through skin-to-skin contact, even by something as simple as a handshake, and you can also give them to yourself if you already have one as they can infect through a break in the skin, even tiny scratches, shaving or by biting your nails.
You’re at a greater risk of developing warts if you have a weak or suppressed immune system due to illness or immunosuppressant drugs, or if you take communal or your occupation requires you to handle meat. While they’re generally harmless, that can be unsightly, though most will eventually resolve on their own within a year or two.
They also usually appear during pregnancy because of the hormonal changes that occur in the body.
Usually they appear in the adult age and in very specific zones where the pink skin with the own skin, like for example, the armpits, the English, the neck, the chest and the eyelids.
Common warts: These most often occur on the hands, and are rough, dome-shaped, and gray-brown.
Plantar warts: These grow on the soles of the feet and are hard and thick with dark specks. They can be painful when you walk.
Flat warts: These can grow on the face, arms, and legs. They’re small, have flat tops, and may be light yellow, brown, or pink.
Filiform warts: These can grow on the face, usually around the mouth, nose, or chin. They are the same color as the skin, but they have thread-like growths sticking out of them.
Periungual warts: These occur under and around the fingernails and toenails.
The methods that dermatologists use to remove warts can be painful and costly and that is why today we want to help you eliminate these annoying warts from your skin in an economical, simple and effective way.
You’re just going to need some apple cider vinegar, some cotton and a swab.
Simply take the hyssop, cover one end with a piece of cotton equivalent to the surface of the wart you want to remove and soak it in apple cider vinegar. Drain the excess vinegar and apply the cotton on the wart for a few moments and then let it dry.
Repeat this procedure a couple of times a day for every day until the wart turns dark and after five days or a week it peels off the skin. If there is some type of rest attached, do not worry because it will surely disappear in the following days.
Use pineapple. Apply fresh pineapple directly to the wart several times a day. The natural acids and enzymes will help.
Garlic. Mix some fresh garlic with water and apply the paste to the wart. Put a bandage on top. Re-apply every few hours and continue until the wart is gone.
Baking powder. Mix baking powder and castor oil into a paste, apply to the wart at night, and cover with a bandage. Repeat daily. You can also try crushed, fresh basil in the same way—or even mix the two together.
Source: annmariegianni.com, naturallivingideas.com,
Must Try: These Natural Remedy Treatment Can Help Eliminate Even The Most Stubborn Head Lice
If you want to get rid of head lice naturally there are several home remedy options. First understand that there are many types of lice including head lice, body lice and pubic lice. The most common type of lice is head lice, which can happen to anyone even in cleanest environments.
In the United States, infestations of head lice is most common among children in preschool and elementary school, and the infestation often spreads in the home to other family members. Head lice are most often spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person, and it’s estimated that 6-12 million infestations occur each year in the U.S., among children 3-11 years of age.
Recently, a strain of so-called “super lice” has been found in a reported 42 states — lice that can’t be killed with over-the-counter treatments, causing frustration and concern among parents. This isn’t just a couple cases of had lice. This is 100% of all head lice tested!
1. Almond Oil or Olive Oil
Both almond oil and olive oil are effective home remedies for lice, as they work to smother or suffocate lice, slowing them down to make them easier to remove with a comb. Coat the hair with oil after separating the hair into several small sections, keeping them separate with clips. Work under good lighting so you can see clearly, and be sure to frequently rinse the comb with hot running water. After combing through the hair, shampoo and rinse twice, then thoroughly clean the towel and comb. Use this remedy every day for one week.
2. Essential Oils
Several essential oils have been proven to help eliminate lice with the help of combing, including nutmeg, peppermint, red thyme, cinnamon, eucalyptus, clove, neem and lavender. Always check for allergies before using a new essential oil. Add between 3 and 10 drops of essential oil to 2 oz of olive oil, then let it sit on the scalp overnight, for a minimum of 12 hours. Comb everything out then shampoo twice.
3. Neem Oil
Neem oil is a natural insecticide. It can help get rid of lice safely and effectively. Buy a shampoo that contains neem oil, or add several teaspoons of neem oil to your own shampoo, and use it regularly.
4. Garlic and Lime Juice
Garlic’s strong fragrance can suffocate lice. Make a paste by grinding 8-10 garlic cloves and mixing them with 2-3 teaspoons of lime juice. Apply the mixture to the scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes before thoroughly rinsing it with warm water.
5. Vaseline, Mayonnaise or Coconut Oil
Use Vaseline, mayonnaise or coconut oil to saturate the scalp and hair, then cover the head with a shower cap for 12-24 hours. Heat the shower cap, then shampoo the hair without getting it wet. Cover scalp again for 30 minutes to allow the oil to break down, then thoroughly rinse the hair and comb through it. Go through the hair section by section with the comb, and be sure to rinse it regularly with hot water. Shampoo hair with no water once more, and wear a shower cap overnight to prevent lice from returning.
6. Nit Comb
For children under two years old, comb wet hair using a fine-toothed nit comb. For best results, comb while the hair is wet and contains conditioner. Comb out the hair two times each session for 3-4 days.
7. Baby Oil and White Vinegar
Baby oil can suffocate lice. To use this method, put baby oil on the hair, then comb the hair out slowly as lice fall from the head. Use hot water and shampoo to wash the hair after the treatment. Before bed, apply white vinegar to hair and use a towel or shower cap to cover the hair overnight. In the morning, use regular shampoo to wash the hair.
8. Treat the Home
To help prevent a reinfestation, try these steps:
- Wash brushes and combs daily in hot water to dislodge lice.
- Seal items that are non-washable and touched the head, in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.
- Change towels, pajamas, sheets and pillowcases daily.
- Vacuum the part of a child’s car seat cover that touches the child’s head daily.