Not all candles are created equal so before you go getting all romantic and setting the mood with a bunch of ‘benzy burners’, (I’ll explain later) you should probably know a few things.
With the green living movement, indoor air quality has been the forefront of many debates. Several studies have been published highlighting the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in our homes from everyday product use.
Though the National Candle Association (yes, there’s an actual association), claims that paraffin wax is completely non-toxic, it is derived from petroleum and emits toluene and benzene when burned. Hmmmm.
Of course the NCA states that when you source candles from a reputable supplier even the paraffin ones are safe. Um ok, kind of like the VW ‘clean diesel’ but since they said so, it must be clean, right?
However, if you are a candle junkie such as myself, there is still hope. Candles made from beeswax or soy have been proven as safe alternatives. And like everything that’s better for you, they also come with a heftier price tag.
DesignerDIY to the rescue as they are super simple to make yourself. All you need is either soy flakes or beeswax pellets, a cotton wick, and a mason jar. To add fragrance, pick up some pure essential oils (not fragrance oils) and blend away. Most of which can be sourced at your local natural food store, the Apothecary in Inglewood, or online through a local supplier.
1. Add enough soy flakes to a Pyrex glass measuring cup to fill the mason jar that you have chosen for your candle. In a large pot, boil some water and place the measuring cup in the pot. This will heat the cup enough to melt the wax.
2. Place a dab of hot glue on the end of your cotton candle wick and affix to the middle of the mason jar.
3. Once the soy wax is completely melted, pour into your mason jar.
4. Let cool, but add your essential oils before the wax solidifies.
If the above seems like way too much work, you can always just light some store bought beeswax candles and add the following to your diffuser or in a pot of water and simmer on the stove to get that festive fragrance:
Naughty & Spice:
-3 drops Orange Essential Oil
-1 drop Ginger Essential Oil
-1 drop Clove Essential Oil
-3 drops peppermint
-2 drops Cedarwood
Oh Christmas Tree:
-2 drops White Fir Essential Oil
-1 drop Cinnamon Essential Oil