I received such lovely Christmas presents from my family this year.
I feel very blessed and spoiled!
My second born daughter made and gave me
a peppermint soy candle, some peppermint body butter and some peppermint body scrub, all homemade!
I was so surprised and pleased!
I asked her to share with me how she made them, so I could share with you.
Here are the instructions for the candles in her own words…
I read about making candles online and then figured it out myself. I went to Hobby Lobby and found the 100% natural soy wax flakes, which looked much easier to use than the large bricks of Picton wax. I bought the candle wicks precut with the metal plate on the bottom. I also bought the candle wax boil bag, since I don’t have a double boiler. I didn’t end up using it, because I figured, why not just melt it right into the mason jar, which would act as the barrier between the wax and heat. It was a lot less messy that way!
So this is how I did it:
Need: wax, wick, 2 jars, essential oil or candle scent (I used peppermint oil).
In a small pan, boil about two inches of water.
Fill the jar with wax flakes, and place in boiling water.
Stir wax, and as it starts to melt, add more wax, until the wax is fully melted and fills the jar, leaving an inch space at the top. (Remove the jar from the water each time you add wax.)
Remove jar from heat and add 15-20 drops of essential oil or scent and stir.
Let cool until wax starts to firm at bottom (about 15 minutes). Place wick in wax. It should adhere to the bottom, and stick straight up. If you add your wick too soon, it will just fall over.
Let wax cool all the way. This will take a few hours.
You will notice that the wax has caved in a little near the wick.
Take your second jar, and follow the above steps to melt about a half inch worth of wax. Pour this wax on the top of your candle to give it a finished look. (Rinse jar immediately for easy clean up.)
Soy candles are expensive, so I am so excited to try making these myself!
I’ve been saving all sorts of cute little jars and dreaming of what scents I’ll try.
In the meanwhile, I’m really loving the peppermint!
Here is the link to the website my daughter used for directions to make the body butter.
She used peppermint essential oil.
The body butter is thick, but not greasy.
It seems to absorb right into your skin, which is great for dry skinned people like me.
Here is the link for the salt scrub.
She scented it with peppermint as well.
I just love this present and the fact that my daughter made it herself makes me love it even more.