DIY Lemon Verbena Candle and Body Butter Gift Set Idea
If you’ve ever wanted to make homemade candles for gifts, then this DIY lemon verbena candle making project should top your list. This easy lemon verbena scented candle tutorial is fun to make. Plus it pair perfectly with my complimentary non-greasy lemon verbena body butter recipe for the perfect homemade gift for friends and family.
This DIY lemon verbena candle and lemon verbena body butter pairs perfectly to make a thoughtful homemade gift idea throughout the year. These homemade products are incredibly easy to make, and both fit perfectly into those cute little 4 oz. quilted Ball jelly jars! So whether you are a candle making beginner or are simply looking for fun and exciting new adult crafts to try, these easy DIY products make the perfect pair to start you on your journey!
DIY Lemon Verbena Candle
© Rebecca D. Dillon
Ingredients to Make Soy Candles:
3.1 oz. natural soy wax
.31 oz lemon verbena mint fragrance oil
medium wooden wick
large glass Pyrex measuring cup
4 oz. quilted Ball jelly jar
Instructions on How to Make a Lemon Verbena Candle:
This DIY lemon verbena candle recipe makes one candle. Double as required to make multiple candles at once for homemade stocking stuffers or DIY wedding favors.
Using a digital scale weigh out the soy wax. Place into a glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat in the microwave at reduced power (60%) until melted. (Alternately you can use a double boiler.) Carefully remove the melted wax from the microwave using a tea towel or pot holder as the glass will be hot.
Now weigh out and stir in the fragrance oil.
Prepare you wick by cutting the wooden wick to fit inside the jelly jar when place inside the steel tab. Dip the steel tab with the wick in place into the melted wax then set it in the center of the jar. The wax will hold the wick in place.
Allow the wax to cool. When it starts to look cloudy you’re ready to pour the wax. Slowly pour it into the jelly jar around the wick. Allow to harden at room temperature.
To use trim wick to 1/4″ and light. Wait 24 hours before lighting the candle for best results.
Lemon Verbena Body Butter Recipe
© Rebecca D. Dillon
3 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. refined/deodorized cocoa butter
.2 oz. hemp seed oil
.1 oz. lanolin
.1 oz. Cyclomethicone
.05 oz. arrowroot powder
.1 oz. lemon verbena mint fragrance oil
1ml vitamin E oil
pinch 24k Gold Sparkle Loose Mica Pigment Powder, optional
How to Make Lemon Verbena Body Butter:
Cyclomethicone gives this body butter a smooth, silky feel. Combined with the arrowroot powder these ingredients keep this body butter from feeling greasy when applied. You can substitute the refined butters for unrefined shea butter and cocoa butter but it may impact the smoothness and/or fragrance of the final product depending on where you source your ingredients.
This lemon verbena body butter recipe yields one 4 oz. container and will weigh around 3.8 oz. You can easily double or triple this recipe to make more than one lemon verbena body butter at a time.
Begin by using a digital kitchen scale to weigh out the shea and cocoa butters. Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at reduced power until fully melted.
Weigh out the arrowroot powder and stir into the butters until it has dissolved. (You can sub the arrowroot powder for tapioca starch if desired.)
Now weigh out the lanolin and stir into the melted butters until it has liquified.
Next weigh out and stir in the hemp seed oil, lemon verbena mint fragrance oil and Cyclomethicone. Follow with the vitamin E oil using a graduated plastic transfer pipette to measure out this ingredient. Mix well.
Allow the body butter to start to solidify. This may take some time. You can speed up this process by placing the body butter in the fridge. Once it starts to become opaque mix well a second time to evenly distribute any mica that may have settled to the bottom. You can use a stick blender if needed to combine thoroughly.
Now pour the body butter into a 4 oz. jelly jar. Use a spatula to scrape out any extra body butter from the measuring cup into your final container. Allow the body butter to finish thickening up then add the lid and screw on the canning jar band.
To use simply scoop out a small amount and rub onto skin as desired. Keep in mind that less is more. A little goes a long way and using too much will take the product longer to absorb.
Now pair this non-greasy lemon verbena body butter with a lemon verbena candle for the perfect homemade gift!
Also pictured with this exciting lemon verbena duo is my Rosemary & Fir Tree Room Spray. You can find that recipe here. You can easily swap the essential oils in the recipe with 2.5-3 ml of your lemon verbena mint fragrance oil for an entire matching fragrance set!
If you like my lemon verbena body butter recipe then you may also like my homemade cranberry body butter recipe. You can pair this body butter with a hand poured soy candle in the same scent or with a cranberry scented cocoa butter bath bomb. For more homemade bath and beauty recipes as well as other homemade gift ideas be sure to follow my boards on Pinterest.
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December 19, 2014 at 1:42 am
Do you think beeswax could replace aoy wax in the lemon verbena recipe?
Rebecca D. Dillon
December 21, 2014 at 1:11 pm
Yes, you could though the weight could be off a smidge as I don’t believe beeswax and soy wax weigh the same.
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