Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY

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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! I tested mine in the kitchen after my boyfriend made curry.

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! I tested mine in the kitchen after my boyfriend made curry.

Use an odor neutralizing candle anywhere in your home that you need to tackle tough odors in such as the kitchen or bathroom. These odor neutralizing candles also make wonderful housewarming gifts as well as DIY wedding favors.

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! I tested mine in the kitchen after my boyfriend made curry.

Odor Neutralizing Candle DIY

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

7.5 oz. soy wax
3.25 oz. beeswax
1.1 oz. odor neutralizing fragrance oil, of choice

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 odor neutralizing candle DIY will make two candles. I used two beautiful frosted 7.75 oz. candle jars from SKS Bottle & Packaging for this project.

I purchased my odor neutralizing fragrance oils from Wholesale Supplies Plus. They offer the following odor neutralizing scent options: Mango Berry Tea, Agave Nectar, Island Breeze, Seaside Cotton, Orange Guava and Country Clothesline.

To make your odor neutralizing candles you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out both the soy wax and the beeswax into the glass Pyrex measuring cup. Heat the waxes in the microwave at 50% power until the wax melts. (Alternately you can melt the wax in a double boiler.) Carefully remove the container of wax from the microwave 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 wick(s) in the molten wax for ten minutes then carefully remove using a utensil or tongs.

Next, place the wicks into two 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 odor neutralizing fragrance oil in the scent you chose 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.)

Do not burn your odor neutralizing candles for at least 24 hours.

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 desired you can easily decorate the outside of your candle jars. I used Fragrance Garden Deco Stickers I purchased from pikwahchan on Etsy. These stickers are a 3-D clear, hard plastic that’s also waterproof so they work well on the outside of glass candle jars.

When you’re ready to burn your candle, simply cut the wick to 1/4″ using a wick trimmer, then light with a match or lighter until the flame takes.

If you’re gifting your odor neutralizing candle as a housewarming gift, you may want to consider pairing it with a Wickman Candle Accessory Gift Pack that includes a Wick Trimmer, Wick Dipper and Bell Snuffer.

If you enjoyed this candle making project, you may also like my DIY for creating a leather scented mandle – a man candle with a leather fragrance. You can find that candle making tutorial here.

Want to learn about making your own candles? Check out the book, The Candlemaker's Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles, by Betty Oppenheimer. This book contains illustrated directions, complete source lists, and plenty of practical advice for beginner candlemakers.

Want to learn about making your own candles? Check out the book, The Candlemaker’s Companion: A Complete Guide to Rolling, Pouring, Dipping, and Decorating Your Own Candles, by Betty Oppenheimer. This book contains illustrated directions, complete source lists, and plenty of practical advice for beginner candlemakers. Get it here.

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DIY Homemade Holiday Wax Tarts

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Homemade Christmas Gift Idea - DIY Holiday Scented Wax Tarts with Printable Labels

Wax tart warmers are nothing new, but recently Glade introduced their new Wax Melt Electric Warmer putting scented wax tarts back into the mainstream spotlight. The cool thing about Glade’s wax melt warmers is that they plug right into any electrical socket – no flame required! And there’s even an on/off switch. But just because you buy or own a commercial warmer doesn’t mean you have to stick with mass produced wax tarts. In fact, you can make your own and gift with a wax melt warmer like the one from Glade or solo to someone you know who is already in love with wax tart melts and owns a warmer.

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea for Women - DIY Gift Wrapped Holiday Scented Wax Tarts with Printable Labels

These handmade wax tarts are the perfect size to tuck into a stocking, or wrap a bundle of these homemade holiday scented wax tarts in a gift box. You can easily customize these diy wax tarts with any of your favorite holiday scents – color optional! Plus there are free printable labels to add that extra homemade touch!

DIY Homemade Holiday Wax Tart Melts Gift Idea with Printable Labels

Ready to get started on this homemade holiday gift idea? Just follow the simple instructions below!

DIY Holiday Scented Wax Tart Melts

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2 oz.  100% soy wax
.2 oz. fragrance oil (see suggestions below)

Just a few of the holiday fragrance oils you can choose from:

Christmas Tree fragrance oil
Christmas Cookies fragrance oil
Frosted Pine Cones fragrance oil
Christmas Cravings fragrance oil
Christmas Cabernet fragrance oil
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy fragrance oil
Christmas Cabin fragrance oil
Cranberry Relish fragrance oil
Peppermint Fluff fragrance oil
Pumpkin Cheesecake fragrance oil

Supplies:

Crafters Choice™ Break-A-Way Clamshell
digital kitchen scale
kitchen thermometer
microwave or double boiler
glass pyrex measure cup
utensil for stirring
full sheet sticker paper for printable labels

Instructions:

This recipe yields one clam shell of wax tarts.

Start by weighing out the wax, then melting in a double boiler or incrementally in a glass pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Once the wax reaches 185 degrees F – this is the recommended temperature to get the best fragrance from your wax – weigh out and stir in the fragrance oil. (Most of these fragrance oils can also be used to make homemade soaps, perfumes and other bath and body recipes!)

Once the wax has cooled to 110 degrees F, pour into the clam shell and allow to set up at room temperature until it has cooled and hardened completely.

How to Make Homemade Wax Tart Melts for Handmade Holiday Gifts

Now simply label as desired – I use labels from Worldlabel.com as they offer great prices and quality – and gift to your family friends! Choose from a variety of blank colored or black and white labels and write in your own message.

DIY Homemade Christmas Tree Scented Wax Tart Melts

Or pick from color labels that include pre-printed phrases including: Handmade especially for, Homemade Wax Tarts, and Christmas Tree Wax Tarts! Download the Printable Holiday Wax Tart Labels here. (PDF file format. Includes printable instructions on first page.)

Homemade Valentine’s Day Gift Idea: Heart Shaped Beeswax Candles DIY

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Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Idea - DIY Heart Shaped Beeswax Candles
Looking for simple, homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Try browsing your local farmer’s market! This DIY Handmade Heart Shaped Beeswax Candle was a snap to make – all you need is beeswax, a mold and a wick – or a heart shaped natural beeswax candle – and a few embellishments!
Homemade Valentine's Day Gift Idea - DIY Heart Shaped Beeswax Candles
As this past weekend was so unseasonably warm and lovely, I decided to stop by our local farmer’s market and see if there was anything new. And to my surprise there was a new vendor I had not seen before called Crystal Mountain out of Willis, VA. Run by Emily and Arthur McKay, Crystal Mountain makes handmade beeswax candles and bars. So I snapped up a few. I bought several bars of beeswax for including in my diy bath and beauty recipes as well as as several beeswax candles – stacked hearts, a little owl and a cake. (Unfortunately they don’t yet have a website.)
Homemade Natural Beeswax Candle - Heart Shaped Candle for Valentine's Day
Crystal Mountain makes their candles by first coating their silicone molds with a release agent. Then the beeswax is poured with the wick in place and removed once the beeswax has solidified. I though these were especially wonderful as they have no added scent or color – but are completely natural. And because there is no scent to bother someone with allergies, they’d serve well as wedding favors or as Valentine’s Day gifts.
DIY Valentine's Day Beeswax Candle - Also Great Handmade Wedding Favor Idea
Dressing up these handmade candles to give as homemade Valentine’s Day gifts – or to place on tables as favors for guests – could not be simpler. Just tie a pretty bow around each of the candles. Want something a little more elegant? Try adding brads, beads or sequins around the candle as well!
DIY Washi Tape Heart Shaped Beeswax Candle - Handmade Wedding Favors or Gift Idea for Valentine's Day
Or place decorative washi tape around your candle in your favorite color and pattern combos. For wedding favors or a party, use color combinations that match your event colors. For Valentine’s Day gifts, use red, pink and silver – or any color combination you think your recipient will love.

Looking for more DIY Valentine’s Day gift ideas? You can find more Homemade Valentine’s Day Gift DIY’s right here on Soap Deli News. Or check out my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Board on Pinterest! Will you be giving Valentine’s Day gifts to someone special this year?

Bath and Body Stocking Stuffer Round Up – DIY Ideas for Christmas Stocking Fillers that Scream "You Will Be Pampered!"

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I am generally stumped as to what to put in someone’s stocking that isn’t just candy and boring everyday toiletries. Not to mention, small but meaningful gifts are sometimes often hard to find since, in this case, size is an issue. What I do like to put into Christmas stockings however, are not just silly trinkets, but things that a person can use and get enjoyment from. So I always LOVE to include bath and body and spa themed products as part of the stuffing for Christmas stockings.

DIY Ideas for Christmas Stocking Fillers

Here are a few great ideas I’ve found for making your own bath and beauty products for stocking stuffers this Christmas. Make them in bulk and distribute a stocking to all those you know and love and no one will fill left out. Make extras and wrap, but keep tucked away, for surprise guests.

Holiday Candle Travel Tins! These candles not only make those darn holidays smell like they should, but they’re small enough to fit into any Christmas stocking. Plus they’re perfect for travel if you end up traveling for the holidays and have to stay in a stinky hotel room.

This candle making project yields four 4oz. soy candles in delightful travel sized tins and includes a free PDF label template so your candles will turn out just like the ones pictured. These candle travel tins would also be handy to keep around at home tied up in tissue paper and ribbon for surprise guests regardless of their sex.

You may also want to try your hand at another soy candle making project which can be found here – DIY Eco-Friendly Soy Wax Candles.

lipbalm

Let’s face it. Winter is rarely if ever kind to our lips. So getting lip balm in a Christmas stocking is like finding heaven on earth. Try out the super easy DIY Lip Balm Recipe over at Yours Truly, G and you’ve got three lip balms ready for gifting in a snap!

Personalize each lip balm with a label. You could label with their name, something super mushy like “I Love You”, or something more traditional like “Merry Christmas” or “Naughty” or “Nice.”


Sugar scrubs are great year round, but they’re even more necessary in the winter as our skin tends to be drier in response to the drier air. Giving a sugar scrub with a little festive kick, makes them even more enjoyable! This Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Recipe uses red jojoba wax beads for a visual candy cane swirl effect and calls for a deliciously skin loving shealoe butter combination.

For something a little easier with less mess, you may also want to consider making and giving Candy Cane Bath Salts.

Handmade soaps are a joy to make and to use. Plus, they fit perfectly into a Christmas stocking every time! If you’ve never made handmade cold process soaps before, then keep in mind that they are not something you can make last minute. It takes several hours to make a batch of soap, but then they do require 3-4 weeks to cure before wrapping and labeling. The color combinations and scent possibilities are endless, however. Bulk oils and other soapmaking ingredients can also be found at Mountain Rose Herbs.

You can find a great tutorial and recipes for making your own handmade cold process soaps at Soap Deli News. If you’re crunched for time, try opting for melt and pour soap or handmilled soaps instead.

Once your soaps are completed, you’ll of course want to customize your packaging just right. You can do this with free printable labels or by trying out a few creative, diy gift wrap ideas.

If you like the idea of making soaps but are leaning toward something a little less traditional or perhaps something really special for the kids, I just love this tutorial for making Snow Globe Soaps from Alphamom. These super cute soaps can be crafted in an afternoon and are sure to attract a lot of positive attention – especially in the bathroom where you want them to be used!

These handmade soaps are made using the melt and pour soapmaking method so anyone – even beginner’s! – can follow Alphamom’s diy photo tutorial for making these soaps and produce a successful end product. You can find melt and pour soap base at From Nature with Love. Another fun melt and pour soap project you may want to try is for making Christmas Ivy Soap.

Another fun idea for bath and beauty stocking stuffers are bath bombs or bath fizzies! They are small and compact and can be fit into Christmas themed molds to represent the season. Soapy Hollow provides an excellent tutorial for making bath bombs with photos of the process. You can then wrap these in cellophane and festive ribbon.

I also like the recipe for making DIY Cappuccino Bath Bombs over at The Christmas Fairy. Plus here are a few other bath bomb recipes you may want to get your hands onto – DIY Handmade Cupcake Bath Bomb Recipe and Tutorial and Handmade Bath Bomb Recipes.

For that special girl in your life, I can’t get enough of this idea for crafting your own solid perfume pocket watch locket! I think it’s so romantic, plus it serves a dual purpose of being able to be born as jewelry and as being able to scent one throughout the day at leisure. The full tutorial for this diy project can be found at Design*Sponge. For more ideas on how to make perfumes, check out this blog post – Perfume Making DIY Tutorial.

You can also look for more bath and body recipes and product ideas on my DIY Bath and Body Board on Pinterest.

Do you craft spa goodies for Christmas gifts? If so, what are your favorite and bath and body products to create?

DIY Eco-Friendly Soy Wax Candles – Great for Favors and Gifts

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Despite the fact that I make my own homemade soaps, I’ve always been a little intimidated about making candles. Not to mention with the increasing costs for raw materials for soapmaking ingredients and continuously rising shipping prices, I’ve been reluctant to invest in buying wax for DIY eco-friendly soy wax candles because of the high shipping costs due to the sheer weight of the product.

However, after discovering a little DIY for making handmade soy candles for less than a dollar each (not including the cost of the container) I think I may just give candle making a try.

DIY Eco-Friendly Soy Wax Candles for Your Home! These hand poured candles also make great for Wedding Favors and Homemade Gifts! Learn how to make your own easy DIY eco-friendly soy wax candles with this simple candlemaking craft project from Ruffled blog!

DIY Eco-Friendly Soy Wax Candles

Ruffled Blog has an excellent diy tutorial for making eco-friendly soy candles on the cheap. While they suggest giving these as wedding favors, you could also make these for your own home use or for gift giving over the holidays or for other special occasions like birthdays or Mother’s Day.

This candle making project calls for natural soy wax flakes, cotton wicks, a fragrance oil, and a recycled glass container of your choice. You can buy matching containers on the cheap at the dollar or second hand store if you prefer. But your container won’t cost a dime if you upcycle an existing container you already have such as a mason or jelly jar.