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How To Make Soy Candles – It’s So Easy

soy wax candles 29Forever Soaps+

soy wax candles 29Forever Soaps+

DIY Soy wax candles are a great project because they are easier to make than common paraffin candles (due to low shrinkage and easy clean up). More importantly, however, soy wax is healthier and better for a variety of reasons. (Read my post on the reasons why here.) Also, soy wax can hold a lot of scent. Both the cold and hot scent throw is killer! The choice is yours whether to make molded or container candles. Since I prefer container candles, this post focuses on the how-to for those.

First, you need to choose your jar. Since soy wax tends to burn longer than paraffin, I like the 8 oz. jars. You will need:

One 8 oz. jelly jar
6.5 oz. soy wax suitable for container candles
Pre-tabbed wick
Optional colorant (I like the concentrated liquid dyes.)
A maximum of .8 oz. scent

Heat the wax on low heat on the stove (or in the microwave) until fully melted. Meanwhile, secure the wick in the jar. Then, add your colorant and stir. (The liquid colorant is extremely concentrated. Take a toothpick to obtain only a dot of color for one jar.) Let the wax cool down to 120º F. Add the scent and stir. Pour into the container once the wax has cooled to 110º F – 100º F. You can keep the wick centered with a wick centering tool. I find clothes pins also do the trick.

Once the wax has completely hardened, the top is sometimes not completely smooth or there may be a mottled “frosting” appearance on top. This can be easily solved by using a heat gun for a few seconds on the top.  Sometimes, you have to use the heat gun a couple of times.

That’s it!  You’re all set. You now have a beautiful and highly-scented candle which will not only burn a lot longer than a paraffin candle, but also won’t deposit nasty soot stains around your home.



DIY Shimmering Solid Lotion Bar

photo courtesy of Marin at

photo courtesy of Marin at

Here’s what I love about this particular solid lotion bar (or body butter bar, whichever term you prefer). You pour my recipe mix into new and empty deodorant containers rather than molds. This way, you can rub it on without getting it all over your hands. If you want a little shimmer (looks great on the legs), a pinch of sun gold mica mineral powder in the mix will do it. This recipe will fill two 2.5 ounce deodorant containers.

2.0 oz. beeswax or soy wax
1.3 oz. deodorized cocoa butter
.9 oz. apricot kernel oil or sweet almond oil
.9 oz. jojoba oil
A couple of drops of Vitamin E
1/2 tsp. cornstarch
a pinch of  sun gold mica mineral powder
1-2 tsp. scent (I like a blend of lavender, rose geranium and patchouli essential oils)
Two 2.5 oz.  deodorant containers

Melt the cocoa butter and beeswax/soy wax  in a double boiler. (See this post about why you shouldn’t use a glass container if you opt to melt it in the microwave.) After the beeswax and cocoa butter have fully melted, add in and mix the remainder of ingredients. Pour into the deodorant containers and let them set up. (If you want to buy a large quantity of deodorant containers, you can buy these  from SKS Bottle Co. at a great price.)

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DIY Homemade Dead Sea Mud Mask

Image courtesy of gubgib at

Image courtesy of gubgib at

Today is National Mud Pack Day so I thought it appropriate to post a recipe for a detoxifying DIY homemade Dead Sea mud mask. Dead Sea mud is chock full of minerals. Use this once a week and you’ll remain 29 forever. Well, that may be a bit optimistic, but at least your skin will look maaaaaaaaarvelous, dahling.

1/4 cup Dead Sea mud
4 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oils
1 tsp. honey (or calendula extract oil)

Warm the honey a bit so that it becomes more fluid. (If you choose to substitute with calendula extract oil, know that calendula is a wonderful anti-inflammatory.) Mix all ingredients together. Spread all over your face but not too close to the delicate skin under your eyes. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes. Then, take a warm damp cloth to gently wipe it off. If you have dry skin, follow up with a moisturizer. If you have oily skin, leave well enough alone. Finally, look at your face in the mirror and admire your fine self.

By the way, my experience is that this Dead Sea mud will keep for quite a while in the jar. It will not get “yucky” even though it remains wet. There are minimal bacteria and other nasty things in the Dead Sea. This particular brand also contains natural grapefruit seed extract as a preservative.


DIY Homemade Caffeine Eye Cream


This homemade eye cream is smooth and rich and contains caffeine for puffiness. This recipe makes a little over an ounce of product and fits nicely in a small jelly jar, small candle jar, or you can recycle a couple of empty eye cream jars.  I prefer to use a couple of lip balm pots or lip balm slider tins for containers. This cream is perfect for the bags ‘n’ sags of 50+ year-old eyes. (Not that I would know; I’m 29 forever, of course.)

.2 – .3 oz. refined beeswax
.1 oz. Vitamin E
.6 oz. calendula oil extract
.3 oz. jojoba oil (or castor oil)
.1 oz. caffeine powder (or a bit less)

Optional:  carrot seed or frankincense essential oils

Melt the beeswax with the oils in a double boiler.  (If you opt to use a microwave, do not use a glass container. It may break.  [Yes, I’ve lived and learned.]) Stir in the caffeine powder and pour into your container(s). I also like to throw in a smidge–just a smidge–of either carrot seed or frankincense essential oils, both of which are healing and regenerative.  If it is not the consistency you prefer, add a bit more beeswax.

I think the caffeine powder helps with puffiness.  I open and use these capsules. (It wouldn’t be practical to walk around with cucumbers on your eyes all day, right? I’m not sure that would bode well at work or school. Besides, you’d develop chronic “neckitis” from tilting your head all day. That’s a topic for another time.)

Calendula oil is a wonderful anti-inflammatory and non-greasy.  Vitamin E is not only nourishing to the skin but is also an antioxidant. It will extend the life of other oils. Skin-soothing jojoba oil and castor oil also have long shelf lives and are all wonderful for the delicate skin under the eyes.

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