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Crafting Aromatic Candles

Just taking the time to light a candle seems to relax many people.
When the candle is scented --especially with a fragrance that is
pleasing.
You may find that you're soon breathing more slowly and deeply.

You can easily make aromatic candles with your own favorite scents
and colors using this simple process.

We made clove & patchouli candles using four drops of patchouli
essential oil and six drops of clove essential oil,
and coloring the candle with dark red and brown crayons.

Pale-blue candles were colored with blue crayon and scented with
1/4 teaspoon wisteria fragrance oil.

Yellow candles were scented with six to 10 drops of lemongrass
essential oil; dried lemons can be placed in the mold
before wax is poured.

Sweetgrass essential oil (1/4 teaspoon) and green
crayons were used for the green candles.

*A word of caution:*
Take special care when melting the paraffin.
This isn't a project for children.

Ingredients:

1 lb. paraffin
1/3 lb. beeswax
candle wick
crayon in color of your choice
fragrance oil of your choice
molds, such as Dixie cups or milk cartons
pencil

Yield: makes four or five Dixie-cup size candles

Steps:

1. Prepare your candle molds by threading a piece of wick through a
hole in the center of the bottom of a Dixie cup or other small
container.
Wind the excess wick at the top around a pencil and set the pencil
horizontally across the top of the container, resting it in little
cut grooves.

2. Melt the paraffin and beeswax in a double boiler.
Don't let the temperature of the wax exceed 180 degrees.
Use caution; don't leave the melting wax unattended.

3. When the wax is melted, add shavings of crayon and stir.
Don't add too much or your candle will smell like a crayon.

4. Add fragrance oil, and blend.

5. Pour into your molds.

6. Let set until hardened;
leaving it overnight is a good idea, but if you're impatient
you can peel the mold off after an hour or so, depending on
the size of the candle.

7. Trim the wicks, and your aromatherapy candles are ready.

Cleanup Tip:

Put any wax-laden utensils in the freezer for a couple hours;
the wax will crumble right off.




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