Uses for Witch Hazel Extract for Skin Health (Plus ten recipes to make right now!)

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Witch hazel extract has been used for centuries as a home remedy to soothe everything from swelling and sores to infections and natural skin care. Keep reading to learn more about the powerful herbal properties of this flowering shrub as well as some of my favorite recipes and uses for witch hazel extract.

Uses for Witch Hazel Extract for Skin Health (Plus ten recipes to make right now!) Pull your witch hazel out of the medicine cabinet for these natural home remedies + skin care recipes! Learn more about the powerful herbal properties of this flowering shrub as well discover some of my favorite recipes and uses for witch hazel extract. #witchhazel #herbalism #homeremedy #naturalremedy #remedies #skincare #diy #folkmedicine

Uses for Witch Hazel Extract

Witch hazel has a long history of use in North America. The Native Americans originally used both the leaves and bark from witch hazel as a natural folk remedy. Since then, we’ve discovered that witch hazel contains tannins making it useful in both traditional medicine and herbalism.

These tannins are what make witch hazel an astringent – and an effective anti-acne treatment. In addition, witch hazel also helps to reduce inflammation, draw skin together (which is why it’s such a great skin toner!) and slow bleeding.

Recently my dog, Jasper, had some issues with his ears, which is common for dachshunds. With money being incredibly tight right now, I wanted to avoid the vet if possible. While I have no issues with going into debt for my darling little stinker (more on that here) I prefer to avoid it if there are other remedies that are both safe and effective.

Choosing the right brand of witch hazel however is just as important as choosing the right essential oils. Not all witch hazel is created equal. Some varieties of witch hazel have additional ingredients you may not want for every application. While others sting or burn when applied. Because of this, I use Mountain Rose Herbs Witch Hazel Extract.

Mountain Rose Herbs witch hazel extract has double distilled. Unlike most commercial witch hazel brands that have only been distilled once, their witch hazel only contains 14% alcohol. As a result their witch hazel contains 86% organic witch hazel extract. This makes their witch hazel more potent and soothing. Additionally, it neither stings nor smells like alcohol.

I applied a Mountain Rose herbs Witch Hazel Extract to Jasper’s affected ear twice a day using a cotton ball to gently clean his ear and remove excess wax. Not only did he stopped scratching almost immediately after application, but his ear was almost completely back to a healthy pink after a week of use.

(If you have a dog you may also want to check out my other natural remedies for dogs. These recipes include a natural flea repelling dry shampoo, a dog paw balm, a natural fresh breath gel and my natural dog shampoo with neem oil for troubled skin. Or for tough pet odors I love the Petbiotics line of products including their No Bath Probiotic Pet Spray and their Red Algae Infused Pet Wipes which I purchase from Thrive Market.)  

Common Uses for Witch Hazel Extract

With a long history of medicinal use throughout the world, it’s no wonder witch hazel has since become a staple in today’s households. There are many uses for witch hazel for health and skin care in your home.

Applied topically witch hazel extract soothes and promotes healing of skin. It is able to help remedy the following skin issues:

  • Itching
  • Inflammation
  • Insect Bites
  • Minor Bruises
  • Varicose Veins
  • Minor Wounds and Infections
  • Varicose Veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Acne
  • Diaper rash
  • Stretch Marks
  • Razor Burn
  • Minor Burns and Sunburns
  • Dandruff

Additionally, as it’s naturally deodorizing, witch hazel is effective both as a natural deodorant as well as for deodorizing tough pet odors in your home. For these applications, simply use your witch hazel extract in a spray bottle with up to 12 drops of essential oil per ounce of witch hazel as desired.

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Best DIY Odor Neutralizing Spray! This 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray DIY tackles tough odors your pets - and teenage boys - leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells. #cleaning #odorneutralizer #homemaking #homemade #lifestyle #lifehack #living #pets #parenting

Or try out my recipe for making your own odor neutralizing spray to use on tough odors throughout your home. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil or essential oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells.

Homemade Moisturizing Facial Toner Recipe with Rooibos Tea & Manuka Essential Oil! Don't let your skin dictate your look. Instead, conquer your skin's unpredictability with this homemade facial toner recipe! This homemade moisturizing facial toner recipe is made with natural ingredients that help to remove excess oil and dead skin cells, while also balancing your skin's PH levels to help prevent dryness and breakouts.

Uses for Witch Hazel in Skin Care Recipes

Part of the fun of using witch hazel however is using it as an ingredient in your own natural skin care recipes. Following you’ll discover some of my favorite uses for witch hazel through a collection of my favorite witch hazel skin care recipes.

DIY Moisture Whipped Body Butter for Dry Skin! This soothing moisture whip recipe is an absolute dream for dry, parched skin. Crafted using natural ingredients, this ultra luxe moisturizer has a fluffy, cloud like texture melts instantly into skin when applied. Skin soothing butters, aloe vera and witch hazel extract offer rich moisture that promotes skin health while a calming essential oil blend lends its aromatherapeutic properties. #moisturewhip #bodybutter #whippedbodybutter #skincare #beauty #naturalskincare #diy #naturalbeauty #moisturizer #essentialoils

You can discover even more wonderful homemade skin care recipes by following my boards on Pinterest. Or learn how to make your own DIY bath and beauty recipes with an all inclusive DIY kit from The DIY Collectives.

Shop for Natural Skin Care Products

If you aren’t yet ready to dive into making your own natural skin care products, there are several great companies that I recommend. They are The Green LifeSpark Naturals and LOVEGOODLY. And then of course there are hundreds of amazing bath and beauty artisans on Etsy.

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Odor Neutralizing Spray DIY with Just 2 Ingredients!

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This DIY odor neutralizing spray tackles tough odors your pets – and teenage boys – leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells.

Best DIY Odor Neutralizing Spray! This 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray DIY tackles tough odors your pets - and teenage boys - leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells. #cleaning #odorneutralizer #homemaking #homemade #lifestyle #lifehack #living #pets #parenting

As the picture above suggests, I am indeed a dachshund owner. Or rather a dachshund companion. Because anyone who’s ever owned a dachshund knows that these stubborn little darlings always have their so called “owners” wrapped around their chubby little paws.

Now that my own (human) son is in the midst of applying to grad school for a PhD in clinical psychology, my dachshund Jasper is my baby boy. And while he’s actually considered elderly at the ripe “old” age of nine, he is quite stuck with me until his end of days. After all, there’s no going off to college for this darling little creature.

Seeing as how Jasper has no recourse other than to simply put up with me, he manages to let me know when he’s not pleased. Meaning he gets stressed or put out and he lets off a funk. Literally this funk smell comes and goes based on his mood. And then, of course, there’s what my friend Bambi and I refer to as “fish butt.” Yeah. No kidding. So you can imagine the not so fresh smells he can leave behind.

Regular air fresheners of course only mask the odors, leaving them to come back once the air freshener has fully dissipated. So to tackle Jasper’s awnry odor production, I turn to an odor neutralizing spray.

Rather than shell out money for similar commercial products, I decided to make my own DIY odor neutralizing spray. Similar to Febreze, my own concoction neutralizes tough odors and freshens the room with a fragrance. However, because I use witch hazel as a base for my odor neutralizing spray, it also has the added benefit of sanitizing surfaces.

Ready to make your house smell amazing? Following you’ll find the recipe for making an easy 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray using an odor eliminating fragrance oil. However, if you prefer making natural products instead, I do share a natural essential oil substitute that you can use in place of the fragrance oil.

Best DIY Odor Neutralizing Spray! This 2-ingredient odor neutralizing spray DIY tackles tough odors your pets - and teenage boys - leave behind. Made using naturally sanitizing & deodorizing witch hazel in combination with an odor neutralizing fragrance oil, this homemade household product effectively conquers even the toughest smells. #cleaning #odorneutralizer #homemaking #homemade #lifestyle #lifehack #living #pets #parenting

Odor Neutralizing Spray Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

16 oz. T. N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel
1 oz. odor eliminator fragrance oil

Instructions:

Combine the witch hazel and the odor eliminator fragrance oil in a 16 oz. container. (I used my favorite Grove Co. spray bottle.) Then simply shake to mix and spray as desired to tackle tough odors in the air and on linens.

For an all natural odor neutralizing spray, substitute the fragrance oil with .4 oz. Spark Naturals Refresh Cleansing Blend Essential Oil. You can also empty a few capsules of shelf stable probiotics into your odor neutralizing spray for extra odor eliminating power if desired.

DIY Odor Neutralizing Candles! These handmade odor neutralizing candles smell great and really neutralize odors! Plus learn how to make your own super effective DIY odor neutralizing spray that gets rid of even the toughest odors while also sanitizing surfaces and leaving behind a fresh scent!

If you like my odor neutralizing spray DIY, then you may also want to try making my odor neutralizing candles. Made from a combination of soy wax and beeswax, these DIY odor neutralizing candles neutralize odors in the air as they burn. Learn to make them here.

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Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner That Works Like Magic

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Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family’s muck and mayhem? I have the absolute perfect 3-ingredient recipe!

Vinegar Free Household Cleaner! Need a vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works magic on your family's muck and mayhem? This 3-ingredient recipe not only makes wine stains disappear, but it's also non-toxic, saves you money and smells amazing! #diy #cleaning #ecofriendly #greencleaners #cleaner #cleaningtips #cleaningrecipes #lifestyle #healthylifestyles #lifestyleblog #healthyliving #nontoxic #biodegradable #naturalcleaning #naturalcleaningrecipes

If your husband is like my husband, he can’t stand the smell of cleaning vinegar. And he most definitely lets you know he HATES it. In my case the complaints were almost as bad as when men get sick. You know those complaints. They get a cold and you’d think they were dying.

While the smell of cleaning vinegar does dissipate, there’s absolutely no relief from a complaint about the smell regardless of the essential oils I use to freshen the scent. On the flip side of that, you want to use non-toxic cleaning products in your home. And in an effort to use more natural cleaning products, vinegar has always been your go to thing.

So what do you do when you A.) want save money by making your own natural cleaning products and B.) your husband threatens you with divorce if you use vinegar just one more time? The good news is, you can keep your husband. The better news is, you can make a homemade vinegar free all purpose cleaner that works like magic.

I’m talking this stuff took wine stains off my laminate countertop that were two weeks old kind of magic. Not only that, but it smells simply AMAZING. And the fragrance, just a single to-die-for essential oil, was personally approved by my husband. He actually came home and COMMENTED on how great the house smelled. I mean wow, right?

Not only does my vinegar free all purpose cleaner require the purchase of just TWO products, you’ll find that these products last a long time and have so many more uses than just cleaning countertops! Plus they’re eco-friendly!

Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

800 mL/27 oz. distilled water
20 mL/.67 oz. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
20 mL/.67 oz. 5-fold lemon essential oil

Instructions:

Measuring all ingredients by volume, add the water to a 28 oz. spray bottle then follow with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner and the essential oil. Gently turn the bottle to mix.

If you don’t like strong scents you can halve the amount of essential oil used. (The usage rate of both the essential oil and Sal Suds is approximately 2.4%.) The amount called for in the recipe was enough to get a strong lemon fragrance that made the whole house smell fantastic.

If desired you can print out labels for your vinegar free all purpose cleaner here.

(For the BEST price on Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, I purchase my Sal Suds from Thrive Market. Thrive Market offers wholesale prices on tons of natural, organic and eco-friendly products including food, vitamins, essential oils and household cleaning supplies. You can save 25% off your first purchase when you join risk free. Learn more here.)

How to Use Your Vinegar Free All Purpose Cleaner:

I used this specific vinegar free all purpose cleaner recipe to clean my bathroom and mirrors (without streaking,) to wipe down countertops and appliances as well as to mop my floor Swiffer style with an eco-friendly mop with reusable pads.

As this is a surfactant based cleaner, however, you’ll want to only use it on hard, sealed surfaces, painted or sealed (not waxed) wood or fabrics. For furniture and the like where you want to protect the finish, try this recipe using Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap in place of the Sal Suds. You can also use Sal Suds on fabrics to wash clothing as well as to spot treat stains.

Zap Red Wine Stains on Rugs + Countertops!

I’ve use this recipe to successfully clean red wine out of an outdoor rug as well as to remove wine stains from my laminate kitchen countertops. To clean my rug, I sparingly sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the stain and then rubbed it in with a rag dipped in hot water until the stain disappeared. (However, it is important to mention you do need to make sure you get all of the suds out of your rug or carpet when spot cleaning so that it doesn’t attract more dirt. You can learn more about cleaning your carpets using Sal Suds here.)

For the countertop, I heavily sprayed my vinegar free all purpose cleaner onto the wine stain and let it set. I then wiped the countertop down an hour or so later to find that the stain had magically disappeared. For tougher stains, you can repeat this step or simply let the cleaner sit on the stain longer. (You’ll want to spray enough cleaner on your countertop stain so that it forms a small puddle for best results.)

For lighter everyday cleaning, Dr Bronner’s recommends one tablespoon of Sal Suds per quart of water. You can then add lemon or other citrus based essential oils as desired for scent. (Pssst. A combination of lemon and peppermint essential oils will also deter spiders.)

You should find that my vinegar free all purpose cleaner also works better than a combination of vinegar, water and essential oils. As vinegar is primarily a degreaser, it just doesn’t have a lot of actual cleaning power.

What Else Can You Use Sal Suds For?

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner is actually super versatile. And because most household cleaning uses call for so little of it, you’ll not only be surprised by how long it lasts, but also the savings from the products it replaces.

Wash + Spot Treat Laundry

To wash clothes in a top loading washer, use 2-3 Tablespoons of Sal Suds for a large load in place of your usual laundry detergent. For whites or extra funky smelling clothing, you can also add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash cycle followed by one cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle. (Don’t add them both during the wash cycle or they cancel each other out.) For front loading HE washers, simply halve these amounts.

Wash Dishes + Veggies

To make a veggie wash add one drop of Sal Suds to a bowl of water. Then dunk your produce into the bowl, swish and rinse.

Or, to wash dishes, use a half teaspoon of Sal Suds in a sink of water. You can also use one drop of Sal Suds to wash a single pot.

Alternately you can create your own dish soap by combining 1/2 cup Sal Suds with 1/2 cup white vinegar,  1/2 cup warm distilled water, 1 tsp. citric acid (or lemon juice,) 2 tsp. kosher salt and 20 drops of essential oil.

Combine Sal Suds, vinegar and citric acid in a bowl and mix. In a separate bowl, combine the salt and warm water.

Once the bowl with the salt dissolves, stir in the mixture from the bowl with the Sal Suds. Add essentials oils then continuing stirring until the dish soap thickens. Then pour into a reusable dish soap container and use as you would regular dish soap.

Mop Floors + Clean Your Car

For mopping floors (using a mop and water bucket) as well as for washing cars, combine a half Tablespoon of Sal Suds to 3 gallons of hot water. Just be sure to add the Sal Suds to your bucket after you fill it with water.

Got it? Maybe? Don’t worry about trying to remember all of this. While I’d love you to bookmark this page for reference later on, the truth is, most of these recipes are on the back of the Sal Suds bottle for quick and easy reference. How nice is that?

Now not only can you enjoy a cleaner, healthier home, but you can also enjoy a happier husband!

For more eco-friendly household cleaning recipes and tips, be sure to check out my Lifestyle + Living Pinterest board. You can also follow me via all of your favorite social media platforms including G+TumblrFacebookTwitterBlog Lovin’, and Instagram. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News via email for future updates, DIY projects and recipes.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder to Brighten Up Your Space

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Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

You’ll be using the same fun cactus silicone mold for this project that I used to create my DIY cactus soaps with eco-friendly biodegradable glitter.

I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did! I think this cactus ring holder would not only make a cute home decor accent piece in your own home, but it’s also perfect for gift giving!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

DIY Cactus Ring Holder

© Rebecca Dawn Dillon

What You’ll Need:

Darice 7 oz. Glass Craft Jar (1095-98) with Metal Lid
Blush Cactus Silicone Mold
White Original Sculpey Oven Bake Clay
Krylon Clear Sealer or similar
craft paints
craft paint brushes

What to Do:

Begin by kneading the polymer clay until it’s soft and pliable. Then press the clay into one of the cavities of your cactus silicone mold.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Clean any excess from the top of the clay in the mold.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Then carefully remove the polymer clay from the mold cavity. If you have trouble removing the clay cactus, set the clay aside for a bit to allow it to firm back up a bit before trying to remove it from the mold.

Now, using additional clay, cover the top of the metal lid to your jar. Try to keep the clay on top of the jar lid about the same thickness as your clay cactus.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Once covered, scoop out a small hole in the center of the clay on the jar lid that the base of your clay cactus will fit into. Place the clay cactus into the hole on top of the lid and use your fingers or a utensil to move the clay to hold the cactus in place. The clay covering the jar lid and the cactus on top should become one piece.

Leaving the clay attached to the jar lid, bake the lid and clay together in a 275°F oven for about 30 minutes on a baking sheet. Then remove the cactus lid from the oven and allow it to cool.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Once the cactus lid has cooled, use craft paints to paint the cactus and base as desired.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

When the paint on your cactus dries, spray it with a clear acrylic sealer to protect it.

DIY Cactus Ring Holder! Learn how to make a DIY cactus ring holder! Made using polymer clay, this easy cactus ring holder offers a safe place to stash your rings! Molded onto the top of a decorative jar lid, this DIY cactus ring holder has space to stash your rings both inside the jar and out! And it makes a great DIY gift idea too!

Now all that’s left is to fill the inside of your jar with rings or knick knacks and screw on the lid! You can also place additional rings on the arms of cactus! And that’s it!

I hope you enjoyed my project for making a DIY cactus ring holder. I know it’s not soap, but it does give you another fun use for your silicone molds!

Learn how to make your own colorful DIY cactus soap using melt and pour soap! This glittery, colorful cactus soap recipe is easier to make than you might think! And it makes a great DIY back to school teacher gift! Crafted using a combination of detergent free melt and pour soap bases and eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter, my DIY cactus soap is not only fun to use, but it's also safe for the environment and your skin.

If you enjoyed my DIY cactus ring holder project, I hope you’ll also check out my DIY cactus soaps! This fun soapmaking tutorial will walk you through creating your own colorful, glittery cactus soaps using a melt and pour soap base!

Handmade Cactus Ring Dish from Chiko Craft!

Want a cactus ring holder to spice up your space but don’t have time to make your own? You can shop for handmade cactus ring holders on Etsy here! I’m kind of sweet on this super cute cacti ring dish from Chicko Craft. But there are so many great ones to choose from!

For more DIY projects like this one, be sure to check out my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest board. Or simply follow all of my Pinterest boards here.

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Scented DIY Soy and Beeswax Candles with Printable Lables

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Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Learn how to make this chocolate and espresso scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

Chocolate & Espresso Scented Soy and Beeswax Candles

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6 oz. soy wax
5.5 oz. natural filtered  white beeswax
.75 oz. espresso fragrance oil
.35 oz. chocolate fragrance oil

Tools & Materials:

2 – 7.75 oz. frosted candle jars
medium wood wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields two soy and beeswax candles. I used two frosted 7.75 oz. candle jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.

I specifically used the espresso fragrance oil I purchased from Brambleberry and the chocolate fragrance oil that I purchased from Wholesale Supplies Plus, however, you can experiment with similar fragrance oils from other reputable suppliers.

To make your chocolate and espresso scented soy and beeswax candles, you’ll first need to weigh out and melt the wax. Use a digital scale to weigh out both the beeswax and the soy wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut four wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the frosted candle jar when placed inside. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into the metal anchors using two wicks for each anchor so they are doubled up. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the fragrance oils and stir it into the melted wax.

Now carefully pour the wax evenly into each of the frosted candle jars and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool. It’s also possible to warp your candle jar. Mixing and pouring the wax too hot can also reduce the scent throw your candles will have.)

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

If desired, you can label your candle jar with my free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Learn how to make this vanilla verbena and peppermint scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

Vanilla Verbena & Peppermint Scented Soy and Beeswax Candles

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

6 oz. soy wax
5.5 oz. natural filtered  white beeswax
.6 oz. vanilla verbena fragrance oil
.5 oz. peppermint essential oil

Tools & Materials:

2 – 7.75 oz. frosted candle jars
medium wood wicks
microwave (or double boiler)
4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup
digital scale

Instructions:

This recipe yields two soy and beeswax candles. I used two frosted 7.75 oz. candle jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.

I specifically used the vanilla verbena fragrance oil that I purchased from Wholesale Supplies Plus, however, you can experiment with similar fragrance oils from other reputable suppliers. For a stronger vanilla verbena scent, reduce the amount of peppermint essential oil and increase the amount of fragrance oil by the amount peppermint essential oil you reduced.

To make your vanilla verbena and peppermint scented soy and beeswax candles, you’ll first need to weigh out and melt the wax. Use a digital scale to weigh out both the beeswax and the soy wax into a glass Pyrex measuring cup then heat in a double boiler until melted. If you don’t have a double boiler to heat your wax, you can heat it in the microwave at 40% power until the wax melts. Carefully remove the container of wax from the heat source using a potholder or towel – the glass will be hot! – and set aside to cool.

Now prepare your wood wicks. Measure the height needed and cut four wooden candle wicks to fit so that they are level with the top of the frosted candle jar when placed inside. Place the wood wicks in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into the metal anchors using two wicks for each anchor so they are doubled up. Now dip the anchors into the wax and place the wicks into the center of each of your candle jars.

Continue to allow the melted wax to cool. When it starts to become cloudy, weigh out the fragrance oils and stir it into the melted wax.

Now carefully pour the wax evenly into each of the frosted candle jars and allow it to cool and harden completely. (You don’t want to pour the wax too hot or the tops of your candle wax may crack as they cool. It’s also possible to warp your candle jar. Mixing and pouring the wax too hot can also reduce the scent throw your candles will have.)

Learn how to make your own scented DIY soy and beeswax candles for homemade gifts this holiday season! Choose from three candle scent recipes including chocolate espresso and vanilla verbena peppermint plus download free printables for you finished soy and beeswax candles to make gifting even easier!

Allow your candles to cure for at least 24 hours up to several days for the best scent throw. Before burning trim your wood wicks to 1/4″.

If desired, you can label your candle jar with my free printable candle labels here. Simply print the PDF labels onto a full size label of your choice, cut out and apply. I used matte white label sheets from WorldLabel for this project.

Want to make your own natural deodorizing beeswax candle? This natural deodorizing beeswax candle recipe is made with eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils and makes a great homemade holiday gift idea for friends and family! There are even free printable candle labels to make gifting even easier!

You can also make a natural deodorizing beeswax candle scented with eucalyptus and tea tree. That candle recipe can be found on Soap Deli News blog here. I’ve included three label options on the printable label PDF for these size jars. The PDF contains labels for the chocolate & espresso candles and vanilla verbena & peppermint soy and beeswax candles, as well as smaller labels for the deodorizing beeswax candles that fit the smaller 7.75 oz. sized frosted candle jars.

Learn how to make this chocolate and espresso scented DIY soy and beeswax candle - plus two more candle recipes! - to give as gifts this holiday season! There are even free printable labels to make gifting even easier! These are great gifts for teachers, coworkers and friends!

To make the smaller sized eucalyptus & tea tree beeswax candles simply reduce the amount of beeswax to 11 oz., the eucalyptus essential oil to .55 oz. and the tea tree oil to .45 oz. Alternately you can use the same recipe for the soy and beeswax candles listed above with .55 oz. of eucalyptus essential oil and .45 oz. of tea tree oil.

This odor neutralizing candle DIY will teach you how to create your own beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. These odor neutralizing candles are relatively easy to make and they really do work!

If you like my recipes for making scented soy and beeswax candles, then you may also like my Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY here. This odor neutralizing candle recipe makes beautifully scented soy and beeswax candles that neutralize odors in the air while giving off a fresh fragrance as they burn. They are made using an odor neutralizing fragrance oil.

You can also find recipes for making a matching lemon verbena scented soy candle and body butter gift set here.


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