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Soy wax candles: Xmas 2016 version :-)

I had a very late request for Xmas candles 😓⏳⌚😓, but the good thing is that I had been given 100% of freedom on the choice of colors, decorations, fragrance, container 😃🎉🎇

This year, I've been so into glass recycling that I've been using jam jars for almost all my container candles.

I particularly love the jars from the French brand La Bonne Maman (see HERE) because they are big, easy to work with (you don't have to struggle to stick the wick holder to the bottom of the container) and original! They have a screwable lid that helps to preserve the candle fragrance and protect the decorations on top. Last, but not least, they can be washed in the dishwasher and you can recycle them as many times as you want.

For these candles I've used soy wax (Click for an overview of waxes), cinnamon fragrance (which I've also used in other projects such as in HERE and HERE), a lead-free cotton-wick, and tiny decorations made of soy wax too (see also HERE and HERE.)


Close-up view of the Xmas tree and snowman soy wax decorations.






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A quick guide to candle making 🕯️

Finally, temperature lowered and I managed to prepare a set of candles for this fall.
Candles are great for any occasion!
Halloween🎃, Xmas🎄, B-days🎂, romantic dinners🥂 or relaxing nights🌃. You can keep 'em for yourself or give them to family and friends as gifts!
If you've never made candles before, but you're eager to try, here you have 10 basic steps to follow.

This is not a comprehensive guide and does not pretend to be a candle-making course.

1) weigh the wax  Do you want to know more about waxes? Follow this LINK
2) Melt it in a double boiler (bain-marie). Stir every now and then...    ⚠ Do not boil the wax ⚠ Neverever place the container with the wax directly on the stove!
3)  At this point, you can add some color HERE, you have a post on candle dyes.

Remember: the final color of your candle depends on the wax too! For example, soy wax iswhite at room temperature and for this reason, it gives back pastel-like colors. A trick to check the final color: drip some melted wax on a…