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Sep
26

30 Free Candle Recipes

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For all the candle makers out there, are you tired of making the same candles over and over again? In need of some new and exciting recipes? Well here at Nature’s Garden, we offer over 40+ candle recipes! Awesome right? You will definitely be able to settle your craving for something new here! Here are 30 free candle recipes, be sure to check them all out!

 

1. Blueberry Muffin Candle- You will have the tantalizing scent of blueberry muffins baking in the oven all through your home.

Blueberry Muffin Candle

2. Beer Candle- A fun candle that all those manly men out there are sure to love.

Beer Candle

3. Bug Repelling Candle- Need a way to get rid of those annoying mosquitos and such? This candle will do it!

Bug Repelling

4. Chocolate Blossom Wax Tart- A reminder of the smells of delicious cookies baking.

Chocolate Blossom Tarts

5. Cinnamon Bun Candle- The smell will make your mouth water with the thought of a tasty hot cinnamon roll!

Cinnamon Buns Candle

6. Day at the Beach Candle- Your mind will be transported to the shores of a favorite vacation spot.

Day at the Beach

7. Ducks on the Pond Candle- This adorable candle is sure to overload your system with its cuteness!

Ducks on the Pond

8. Football Field Candle Loaf- The guys are sure to love this during a game!

Football Field9. Gummy Bears Candle- A fun project to include the kiddos on!

Gummy Bears

10. Honeycomb Candle- All of your busy bee friends will be buzzing with excitement.

Honeycomb Candle

 
11. Hydrangea Candle- Your house will be filled with the scents of spring.

Hydrangea Candle

12. Pigs in the Mud Candle- Perfect for all the animal lovers out there, they will love the good laugh this candle will bring them!

Pigs in the Mud Candle

13. Stacked Flower Tarts- You will be enveloped with the smells of beautiful flowers!

Stacked flowers

14. Rainbow Candle- A definite reminder that there will always be a rainbow after the rain passes.

Candle Recipe

15. Leopard Candle- For all the animal print lovers like myself, this is perfect!

Leopard Candle

16. Zebra Candle- More animal print to make us girls happy!

Zebra Candle

17. Pot o Gold Candle- Maybe there really is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

Pot o Gold

18. Pug Candle- A fun reminder of all our favorite furry friends!

Pug Candle

19. Smores Candle- These yummy treats are sure to be on your brain with this!

Smores Candle

20. Santa Candle- A great way to start off the holiday season!

Santa Candle

21. Pink Camouflage Candle- This candle is awesome for all those tomboys out there who want a little touch of girly.

Pink Camo

22. Mardi Gras Candle- The perfect way to celebrate Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras Candle23. Green Beer Candle- You can’t celebrate St. Patty’s Day without your green beer!

Green Beer Candle

24. Independence Day Candle- A creative candle to remember our nation’s birthday!

Independence Day

25. Valentine’s Day Candle- The feeling of romance is sure to follow this scent.

Valentines Day Candle

26. Green Camouflage Candle- This manly candle is perfect for all those many men.

Green Camo

27. Gingerbread Latte Candle- Another wonderful Christmas scent with the smells of gingerbread men filling your home!

Gingerbread Latte

28. Mothers Day Candle- A special creative gift your mother is sure to love!

Mothers Day

29. Bloody Fun Candle- This candle is great attraction to add to your house of haunts!

Bloody Fun

30. Glistening Snowflakes Potpourri- This potpourri is sure to bring the beauty of wintery snow into your home!

Glistening Potpourri

All you candle makers out there are sure to adore our recipes! Your creations are sure to bring so many homey and wonderful scents to your home and your loved ones! Please contact us here at Nature’s Garden with any questions and keep watching for more Enlightened by Layla!

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Sep
04

The Next Crafting Generation

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        Hey everyone! Are you bored just sitting around the house? Maybe just out of college searching for job opportunities? Looking for something to make some extra cash while you’re first starting your career? Sound like you? I thought it might. Ever thought about crafting? And yes, I mean like candles and soaps! The kinds of awesome things our products here at Nature’s Garden can create! Come on now, I know you’ve got a creative mind inside that head of yours. Let your creativity shine!

I know crafting may sound a little odd, but believe me. It is so much fun! And there are so many opportunities that go along with it. Oh, you didn’t think that crafting could lead to great opportunities? Well it can! I know the feeling of being bored out of your mind just sitting at home with nothing to do. Crafting is a great way to spend your time! Or maybe you’re a recent college grad who just can’t seem to find a job in your field. I know you’re probably overwhelmed with student loans right now and need a way to start paying them off. You could become an entrepreneur!

Now I know you remember making projects in Art class. Crafting is a way to keep the fun of art class in your life. There are so many possible things you can create just from our products. Put your creativity to use! We have so many great options. You can make candles, soaps, even your own cosmetics! I mean what woman wouldn’t love to be able their own makeup?! Turn off that TV, and let the fun begin! Your crafts could be awesome gifts for you to give the people you love or great additions to your own home. It is such a great hobby. Knowing you actually made that awesome candle or that delicious smelling soap will give you such a feeling of accomplishment. That isn’t a feeling you can get just from sitting around your house. Come on, I know you want the feeling. Just try it out!

Remember those college loans I mentioned? I know how overwhelmed you are trying to figure out where to start to pay them off. Take your crafting one step further and use it to help pay off those loans! Like I said, become an entrepreneur! Ah, see those opportunities people? Starting your own crafting company will be one of the easiest and most satisfying decisions you will ever make! Our products are sold to our customers with the intention for them to create the awesomeness. Sell your creations! You know what selling them means? You’re making money! And money means you can start to pay off those loans! Even if you don’t want to start a full-fledged company, sell your stuff anyway! Maybe you’re actually getting your career started, but selling your creativity will bring in all kinds of extra cash. And I know you will always have a need for or find a use for that. You’re literally helping yourself make more money using your creativity. It doesn’t get better than that!

Come on people! We are the next crafting generation! I know the feeling of not having any idea of what to do with your life. I’ve been there. Crafting is a great way to helping you figure it out along the way! And tell your friends! I’m sure some of them are in the same place you are! Here’s a start, check out our free classes and recipes in our free recipe box. And keep checking our blog for more Enlightened by Layla postings!

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Aug
11

Blueberry Muffin Candle Recipe

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blueberry muffin candlesBlueberry Muffin Candle Recipe

One of our favorite-smelling candles is scented with blueberry muffin fragrance oil.  We thought we would make a candle that was authentic to real life blueberry muffins.  Our Blueberry Muffin Candle Recipe brings together the sweet smell of blueberries with the creative design of a blueberry muffin. Our blueberry muffin candle recipe will have your house smelling like savory blueberry muffins, and may just get your family thinking that you baked real blueberry muffins.

Ingredients:

250 grams Pillar of Bliss Wax

250 grams Joy Wax

50 grams Blueberry Muffin Fragrance Oil

Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye Brown

Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye Yellow

Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye Blue

Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye Black

1/16 tsp UV Light Inhibitor

2 CD Wicks

2 Votive Wick Pins

Mini Cherries/Berries mold (www.flexiblemolds.com)

Cupcakes- Mold Market Mold

Directions:

1. Center a wick pin in the center of the two Mold Market Cupcake mold cavities.

2. Weigh out and melt down 250 grams of Pillar of Bliss Wax.  Melt the wax to 195 degrees Fahrenheit and then add 2 drops of Blue Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye, 2 drops of Black Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye, and 1/16 tsp of UV light inhibitor.

3. Drop the wax to 180 degrees Fahrenheit and add 25 grams of Blueberry Muffin Fragrance Oil.  Then, wait for it to drop to 140 degrees Fahrenheit to add it to the Cupcake Mold Market Molds and the Cherries/Berries mold from flexiblemolds.com.

4. Next melt down 250 grams of Joy Wax to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a toothpick to add yellow and brown Spectrum Liquid Candle Dye.  Wait for the temperatures to drop to 175 degrees Fahrenheit and add 25 grams of Blueberry Muffin Fragrance Oil.

5. Whip the wax while it is still in its liquid state with a whisk.  When it has cooled and been whipped, scoop it onto the top base of the muffins to resemble that of a muffin top.

6. Add the blueberries to the muffin top while it is still soft, making sure you press them in firmly.

7. Allow the muffins to harden and remove them from the molds.

8. Remove the wick pin and insert the wick.  Trim your wick to ¼ in before burning.

We hope you enjoyed making our Blueberry Muffin Candle Recipe!  This candle is sure to fill your home with the scent of freshly baked blueberry muffins.

 

Mar
25

Wedding Favor Scent

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wedding scentA Great Wedding Favor Scent

Wedding Day Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Imagine, if you will a gorgeous scent that is as memorable as your wedding day.  Well, that is exactly what wedding day fragrance oil is.  A merry wedding aroma that is filled with a lovely floral accord; reminiscent of the beautiful bouquet you held with pride.  If you happen to know a blushing bride to be, this fragrance is perfect to scent wedding favors in, or to scent a beautiful keepsake for her so she will always remember her special day.  In fact, Wedding Day Fragrance Oil is so popular; it is considered a keeper by many of our clientele. 

What does Wedding Day Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a Yankee duplication. A romantic complex fragrance oil with top notes of pears, and apricots; middle notes of rose, orchids, birds of paradise; with bottom notes of fresh English ivy, sandalwood, and musk.  A Best Seller!

How Do Our Customers Use Wedding Day Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters this scent is a huge hit.  Our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy tarts, tea lights, Palm Container wax, WOW wax, gel wax, Joy wax, and soy waxes.  A soft, feminine scent that has great hot and cold throw, Wedding Day makes your whole house smell good.  As for other home scenting ideas; this happy wedding scent works great in oil diffusers, electric burners, and sachet beads. 

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%, and is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, bath bombs, shampoo, shower gel, body sprays, lotions, and body butters, all with a nice long lasting scent.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance oil performs.  Here are the official results:  Slight acceleration, no ricing.  No separation.  Scent is strong and sticks.  What an amazing fragrance!  No discoloration.    

Mar
24

Sinus Relief Scent

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Sinus ReliefSinus Relief Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Sinus Relief scent is great for personal use or for scenting your marketable products.  In fact,  this fragrance is considered a must have by many of our clients because it works in everything from candles to bath and body products.  This highly recommended sinus relief scent smells just like the popular rub.  Many of our customers state not only do products scented in this fragrance oil sell out, but it also brings many people coming back for more.  If you are looking for a soothing type fragrance oil that really impresses, sinus relief should be on the top of your list.

What does Sinus Relief Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

Ever smell the scent of Vick’s Vapor Rub?  This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is a cool, crisp blend of camphor, eucalyptus, and mint. Great for stuffed up noses!

How Do Our Customers Use Sinus Relief Fragrance Oil?

For crafters in the candle making realm or home scenting realm; Sinus Relief is a definite for anytime of the year!  Many of our customers rave about this fragrance oil and use it in their Joy wax, WOW wax, palm wax, and Soy waxes.  Both the hot and cold scent throw are nice and strong, filling the whole house!  As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make aroma beads, reed diffusers, smelly jellies, and works exceptionally well for oil burners too.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  Sinus Relief fragrance is used to make:  bath salts, bath bombs, shower steam melts, body rubs, and body creams.  For those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is soothing and performed very well.  Here are the official results: Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  Scent is wonderful.  The perfect soap for sinus problems.  No discoloration.

If you want to try an amazing recipe using this great sinus relief scent, please click on this link to view Natures Gardens Sinus Relief Bath Bomb Recipe.  These bath bombs are quite simply the best. 

Mar
14

Easy Soy Candle

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first soy candleHello everyone! My name is Cindy and I am the new Marketing Rep for Natures Garden.

Although I am not new to the candle scene; I used to sell paraffin candles for Deborah back in 1997, I am new to the making homemade products world.  After working for Natures Garden a few days, I quickly realized that one of the most important aspects of my position is that I know all of these products in and out.  Since I am a hands on learner, the best way for me to understand these products is to put myself in your shoes and become a candle and soap artisan.  And, today I did just that.

Since I already have some knowledge in the candle market, I decided to start my venture with soy wax.  Now, I want to shout it from the roof tops, “I made my first candle….ever….in my whole life”.  It was super easy too!

Although secretly, I do have to admit I was a little concerned at first.  I actually thought I might burn down the test kitchen, a common fear that I assume many new crafters have.

Realizing it is now or never, I stood up straight and pulled myself together.  You will never learn if you never try, right?  So, I gathered all of my ingredients and supplies, and went to work.  The step by step instruction I used to make my candle came from the How To Make A Pure Soy Wax Candle Recipe.   This recipe as well as hundreds of others are offered in the free recipes and classes section of Natures Gardens website.    I now understand that every recipe created by Natures Garden came from the trial and error process.  A process that is done to put forth the BEST end product.  Natures Gardens creative team makes all the mistakes so you don’t have to (I think I hear a commercial in there).

Anyway, I worked through the easy to follow steps and before I knew it (about 30 minutes later), I was standing before my first candle creation.  A beautiful purple colored, Lavender Sage scented candle.  I could not believe my eyes.  I actually thought to myself….well, that was easy.  Who knew?  I then realized I could have been doing this for years, guaranteeing the candles I burned in my home had the best scent throw and longest burn time.

Now that I know just how easy it is to make candles, the possibilities are endless.  Guess what kind of gifts I’ll be giving this year…lol?  Overall I really enjoyed my experience; that is after I got over the initial fear.  A word of advice for anyone that wants to give candle making a try… I strongly encourage you to do it!  Candle making is easy, fun, and the accomplishment of your creation is inspiring.

Well kids, until my next adventure, have a FABULOUS day!
Cindy

Mar
13

Soy Candle Recipe

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how to make a soy candle Soy candles always seem to be the craze.  The soy wax 415 that Natures Garden carries is a 100% all natural vegetable wax.  This also means that this soy wax is biodegradable, and is made from a renewable resource.  When used to make candles; soy wax provides a nice, clean and long burn.

For this recipe, we have figured everything out for you (measurements, temperatures, color, and scent).  We are also presenting it to you in an easy to follow step by step form (with photos).  This recipe will make (1) 16oz apothecary jar candle.

Your finished soy candle will be colored in a light red hue, and scented in with a matching apple orchard fragrance.

We will be double wicking our apothecary jar with (2) CD-10 wicks.  This wicking will provide the candle with a nice hot burn, and allow the scent to travel nicely through the wick; guaranteeing a wonderful hot scent throw.

Besides the ingredients hyper linked above, you will also need some other candle making equipment.  This includes: Thermometer, POURING POT, Warning Labels, Glass Apothecary Jar (16oz), Hot Glue Gun with Gun, Scale, Pot, A cookie sheet, and a Stirring Spoon.

Now, normally prior to making a soy wax candle, you must first check the flashpoint of the scent.  This is important because the flashpoint will indicate the temperature at which you will add the fragrance oil.  However, for this recipe, we have already figured out this information.  Apple Orchard has a flashpoint of 155 degrees Fahrenheit.  What this means is that the temperature at which we will be adding the fragrance oil to the soy wax is 155 degrees Fahrenheit.  Our rule of thumb is:  If a fragrance flash point is below 130F, then add it to wax at 130F.  If the fragrance oil flash point is between 130-185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at its flash point.  If a fragrance oil has a flash point above 185F, then add the fragrance to the wax at 185F.

So now, before we get started making our soy candle; it is important to get all of the supplies and equipment ready that we will be using.  Most of these supplies can be purchased at Natures Garden.  Once you have all of this ready to go; lets get started!

supplies for making a soy candle

Step 1:  Get your pot.  Into the pot, place several inches of tap water.  Next you are going to put the pot on to the stove top and set the heat setting on medium.

prepping for double boiler method

Step 2:  Now get your pouring pot.  Inside the pot, weigh out 440 grams of the 100% soy wax flakes.  Once you have the amount, place the pouring pot into the water pot.  This will be how we melt the soy flakes.  This process is known as the double boiler method.

the double boiler process

Step 3:  Set your oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.  Next, place your apothecary jar on your cookie sheet.  Then, place the cookie sheet inside the oven.  Allow the jar to warm for 10-15 minutes, then remove.  Also, plug in your hot glue gun now.

warming your apothecary jar

Step 4:  Now, place your thermometer into the wax.  This is important because you will want to monitor the temperature of the wax while it is melting.  Never let the temperature go higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.  This will burn and discolor the wax.  As the wax melts, stir it occasionally.  Also, keeping melting until all the wax is in a liquid state.

melting soy wax

Step 5:  Once the wax is all melted, remove it from heat.  When the temperature reaches 185 degrees Fahrenheit, add the 4 drops of Spectrum Red Candle Dye.  Stir.

coloring soy wax

Step 6:  After the wax has been colored, check your temperature again.  When the temperature reaches 155 degrees Fahrenheit, add your 35 grams of Apple Orchard fragrance oil.  Stir again for a full 2 minutes.  This thorough stir will help the wax, fragrance, and color adhere.  Then, place your thermometer back into the wax.

scenting the soy wax

Step 7:  Next, grab your hot glue gun and place a small amount of glue on the bottom of your wick tabs.  Then, center and secure your candle wicks.

center and secure your wicks

Step 8:  Now, stick your warning label to the bottom of your jar.

applying your warning label

Step 9:  Check the temperature of the wax, you will be looking for it to reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once it does, give your wax one final stir.

checking for the pour temp
Step 10:  Then, slowly start to pour your candle.  You will want to stop your pour once the wax reaches where the jar changes shape.  Then, straighten your wicks.

pouring your soy candle
Step 11: 
Now, allow your candle to fully set up undisturbed.

allowing your candle to set up

Step 12:  Once the candle has hardened, trim your wicks, and lid your jar.  Allow your candle to cure for 24-48 hours.

Congratulations, you just made a soy candle.  Your 100% Soy Wax Candle is now finished and ready to burn.  Enjoy the sweet apple scent that will fill your home and make your house smell good!

Feb
07

Homemade Zebra Candle

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make your own zebra candleHow to make your very own homemade Zebra Candle!

This easy to make project is even fun to create.  Besides the standard candle making supplies such as: soy wax, wicks, scent, color, and jars; you will also need beeswax.  We will be using the beeswax to make the zebra stripes in the candle.  Because of the pliability of beeswax, it has the capability of being shaped easily into stripes.  Plus, due to the high melt point it has, beeswax can withstand a pour of another wax (soy), as long as the temperature isn’t too extreme.

Although for this project, the scent that was selected was Hot Pink Pomegranate Fragrance Oil, when you make your own zebra candle you can scent it to your pleasing.  The same is true for the candle color.  Since our fragrance oil has the name hot pink in it, the decision was made to make the zebra candle stripes pink on a white (or uncolored) background.

To see the full list of possible candle scents, please click on this link.  There are over 800 different fragrances to choose from!

Here are your total recipe weights to make (2) 16oz. Zebra Candles:
190 grams beeswax
2 drops candle dye (if making the candle like pictured)
About 4 oz.  of candle scent
1100 grams of soy wax (Golden Foods 444 soy wax)

Other items that you will need for this recipe are:
wax paper
pencil
knife
9×13 cake pan
2- 16 oz candle jars
4 wicks (we used 2- cd10 wicks per candle)
scale
2 pots (for double boiler method)
stirring spoon
cutting board
thermometer

Below are the steps to make your very own zebra candle (pictures included):

Step 1:  Using the double boiler method, weigh out and melt 190 grams of beeswax.  You will want to set the temperature of your stove top between medium and low heat while melting.  Stir the beeswax occasionally as it melts.

steps to make a zebra candle

Step 2:   This step is the colorant of your zebra stripes:  Once the beeswax is melted, now you will add 2 drops of your candle colorant, and stir.  Once you are done, place your pouring pot back into the heat source.

color for the zebra candle

Step 3:  To make the zebra stripes, you will need to concentrate your beeswax in a portion of the area in your cake pan.  To do this, lay out your cake pan on a flat surface.  Next, roughly measure out at least 9 inches in length.  Hold this place by setting your knife across the pan.  Finally, lay the wax paper over the cake pan and knife.  Carefully, tuck the corners of the wax paper down.

how to make zebra stripes

Step 4:  Now it is time to scent your beeswax:  Remove your beeswax from the heat source.  Weigh out about 19 grams of your candle fragrance oil.  Then, add the fragrance and stir to incorporate it throughout the wax.

zebra candle scent

Step 5:  Now, take your beeswax and slowly start to pour it over the flat portion of the wax paper.  Allow this to fully set up.  Do not try to rush this step.  Cooling beeswax too quickly, may cause it to crack!

making the zebra candle stripes

Step 6:  Once the beeswax has hardened, and is cool to the touch; gently remove it from the cake pan.  Carefully stand the square on one end and starting in one corner, peel away the wax paper.  Then, place the beeswax on your cutting board.  Finally, cut off any jagged edges using your knife.

zebra candle recipe

Step 7:  For the background of your zebra candle, you will be using soy wax.  In order to have enough wax for 2 candles, weigh out and melt 1100 grams of soy wax.  Melt this wax using the double boiler method.  While the wax is melting, stir occasionally.

soy wax zebra candle

Step 8:  You will create the zebra stripe pattern using the tip of a pencil.  Trace this lightly into the beeswax.  The shape that you will want to draw will be various sized long and irregular lines similar to tree branches.  When you are finished, cut these lines out.

making zebra stripes in beeswax

Step 9:  Once you have a few of your stripes cut out, carefully begin to place them individually against the inside wall of your candle jar.  It is best to start at the bottom of your jar and work in an angular direction.  Apply slight and even pressure until the stripes stick.  Repeat this step until you have the zebra design you are looking for.  Then, do it again for your second candle.

zebra candle pattern

Step 10:  Center and secure your wicks to the bottom of your candle jars.  Then, set aside.

centering your wicks

Step 11:  When your soy wax is in a completely liquid state, remove it from the heat source.  If you are adding color to the background of the zebra candle, do this now.  Then, add 110 grams of fragrance Oil.  Stir again.

Step 12:  Using your thermometer, wait until the soy wax reaches 115 degrees Fahrenheit; this temperature will not melt your zebra stripes.  Pour the soy wax into your candle jars.  Don’t forget to straighten your wicks. Allow the candles to fully set up undisturbed.

pouring a zebra candle

Now it is time to celebrate, your Zebra candles are now ready to use.  Simply trim your wick, light, and enjoy your new awesome candle.

Feb
06

Realistic Gel Candle

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honeycomb candleGel wax is a great candle wax for embedding items in candles.  This translucent wax also provides the opportunity to make realistic gel candles.  Sea or ocean themed gel candles are perfect examples of this, right down to the air bubbles.

We at Natures Garden however, wanted to take the realistic gel candle concept and kick it up a notch.  Using the fragrance oil Honey, which is gel safe; we arrived at a notion of somehow adding the look of an embedded honeycomb.  Trying to stick with items we already had in house, we creatively used bubble wrap and beeswax (because of it’s high melting point); to make our very own spin on embeds.  Through several trails and errors, we found the perfect look, scent, and color for this Honeycomb Candle Recipe.

Here is a List of the Items You Will Need:
Gel Wax- to emulate the look of delicious honey
Beeswax
White Pastilles- to make the embed of a honeycomb
Honey Fragrance Oil- a gel safe scent to match the realistic gel candle theme
Zinc Core Wicking- to make your candle more than just a decoration (4)  51-32-18z wicks  (2 in each candle)
Spectrum Candle Dye- Yellow- the color of the honeycomb
Spectrum Candle Dye- Orange- this color lightly added to the yellow makes the perfect golden honey hue
Thermometer- to monitor the temperature of the gel wax

Other Items and Supplies Needed: 
Stirring Spoon- to fully incorporate the color and scent to the wax
Stove- for the double boiler method
Scale- to be dead on for your measurements
Knife- to cut the beeswax
Toothpick- to add a touch of orange to the gel wax
9 x 13 cake pan- to make the honeycomb
bubble wrap- to make the honeycomb shape
(2) Pots- for double boiler method
Apothecary Jars- this recipe below will make a total of (2) 16oz jars.  Any shape or size jar will work, you will just need to adjust the measurements accordingly

And finally, here are the steps with pictures included:

Step 1:  Using the double boiler method, set the temperature of your stove top between medium and low heat.  Next, weigh out and melt 230 grams of beeswax.  You will want to stir this occasionally as it melts.

Step 2:   When the beeswax is in a liquid state, place 2 drops of Spectrum Yellow Candle Dye in it and stir. After the color is incorporated, place the pot back into the heat source.

coloring beeswax
Step 3:
  Next, lay your cake pan on a flat surface, this will ensure that your honeycomb has an even thickness.  Measure out 7 inches of length in your pan.  Mark this length by placing your knife across the pan.  If your knife is not long enough, you can use any kitchen utensil that will lay across the pan.  Next, with the bubble side up, place the bubble wrap over your knife and cake pan.

how to get honeycomb look

Step 4: Now, weigh out 23 grams of Honey Fragrance Oil.  Remove your beeswax from the heat source, add the fragrance.  Stir.

Step 5:  Slowly pour the beeswax over the bubble wrap.  Allow this to fully set up. Please Note:  Do not rush the set up of beeswax or it may crack.

making beeswax look like honeycomb

Step 6:  When the beeswax has cooled, gently remove it from the cake pan. Now, taking your time, carefully peel away the bubble wrap.

honeycomb beeswax

Step 7:  Next, weigh out 1000 grams of gel wax.  Place this into the double boiler and allow it to melt, stirring occasionally.  This will resemble to a thick syrup.

Step 8:  Now, lay your beeswax on a flat surface.  Place one of your candle jars on its side.  Using your knife, mark the width of the jar (before it changes shape).  Next, subtract 1/2″ from your marking.  Finally, make a line and cut it with your knife.

honeycomb candle

Step 9:  Gently roll your beeswax into a loose circle.  Place one roll in each of your jars.  Make sure the beeswax roll is at least 1/2 inch away from the walls of the jar.  Then, set aside.

how to make a honeycomb candle

Step 10:  Now, secure your wicks to the bottom of your candle jars.  Make sure they are centered.

Step 11:  Once the gel wax is melted, place 4 drops of Spectrum Yellow Candle Dye into the gel wax.  Next, add 1 toothpick tip of Spectrum Orange Dye.  Stir.  Finally, add 100 grams of Honey Fragrance Oil.  Stir again.

how to make a honey color

Step 12:  Place your thermometer into the gel wax.  Then, begin to slowly stir the gel wax.  Do not stir to quickly or you will have an excess of air bubbles.  Keep stirring and scrapping the sides until the gel wax temperature hits 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 13:  Now, slowly pour the gel wax into the containers until your honeycomb is covered.  Then, straighten your wicks.  Finally, allow the candles to fully set up.

pouring honeycomb candle

Your honeycomb candles are now ready.  Simply trim your wick, light, and enjoy!

With this realistic gel candle, there are two crucial steps that come into play.  The first is the thickness of the beeswax.  You want your beeswax to be nice and thick so it can withstand the temperature of the melted gel wax.  However, making the beeswax too thick may make it more difficult to curl, therefore complicating the honeycomb shape that can be achieved.  Lastly, the temperature of the melted gel wax is everything for this recipe.  Pouring over the 165 degree Fahrenheit point, will melt and warp your honeycomb.

Happy Crafting!

Feb
04

Beeswax Candles

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Air Purifying Candles

Many people burn candles as a way of relaxing with a soft light, or too add subtle scenting to the air, or as a means of setting the mood.  But, burning a beeswax candle may actually do more than this.

Let’s get a little scientific
The air that surrounds us is positively charged.  In fact, many of the items in our own homes emit a plethora of additional positively charged ions; jam packing our already filled surroundings with more and more positively charged ions.  But, all of these positively charged ions are not good for us. Recalling any lightning storm you have experienced, you will better understand this explanation.  Generally, after one of these storms, people feel stimulated, rejuvenated, and replenished.  The reason for this is that electrical storms produce a superabundance of negative ions that actually balance out the positive ions that dominate our surroundings.  This is why some of the most relaxing and renewed places for our bodies are be by waterfalls, beaches, forests, and mountain scenes.  These types of landscapes provide extra negative ions in the air that restore a natural balance of the charged ions.  Not only can you smell the difference in the air, but you can also feel it in your body too.

Positive Ions in our Homes
Many of the pollutants floating in the air of our homes like pollen, dirt, and dust all have a positive charge.  They get this charge from the static electricity that occurs in our home from daily routines.  Introducing negative ions into the air; combats these allergens. It has actually been scientifically proven to reduce many allergic issues like hay fever and asthma.  Negative ions can even help you sleep better too. Harmonizing the ions in your surrounding can help make you feel healthier and actually distress you.  Releasing additional negative ions can help with depression (SAD), headaches, and can even help you stay focused. Negatively charged ions work to make you healthier too.  Negative ions can help to boost your body’s immunity as well as help to build a resistance to many illnesses. Your body’s metabolism also benefits from negative ions making it more efficient.

Introduction of Negative Ions to our Homes
Beeswax can be considered an air purifier.  Beeswax candles are the only candles that emit negative ions into the air when lit.  Since opposites attract; these negative ions attach themselves to the positive ones.  This therefore balances the charge. Once the ions are bound together, the charge is now neutralized, and the molecule is complete.  The heavier mass causes these ions to fall to the ground, and they are no longer suspended in the air as contaminants.  This process of stabilizing, removes the ions, and cleans the air we breathe. The negative ions emitted by beeswax candles can even clean the air to eliminate smells like second hand smoke and many common household odors. Beeswax candles can be scented and colored just like other candle waxes.  Beeswax candles produce very little soot and burn very slowly.  These candles will provide your home with hours of purer, crisper, and fresher quality air.

Attention:  Natures Garden provides this information for educational purposes only.  We do not intend for this information to be misconstrued as medical advice or for treatment of any ailments.  If selling beeswax candles, refrain from making medical claims on your labels and/or advertising.   Promoting this way could make your candles considered a “drug” by the FDA.