Last month, I introduced you to a new snack bar, Curate Snacks that inspired me to be a bit more creative in the kitchen, and swap out expected ingredients with ones that would add an unexpected flavor to a recipe. Well dear reader, that sparked a bit of a chain reaction. For the next couple months we’re going to reveal a few easy DIY creative projects centered on unexpected ingredients and brilliant combinations, outside the kitchen.
In the pursuit to make 2016 a “healthier year” (emphasis on the quotation marks), I started to get into essential oils and learning about the benefits of incorporating them into your everyday life. When I say “get into”, I mean I started to deep dive and bought a WIDE range of scents. My biggest problem (at least one of them) is that I get incredibly wrapped up in a project, and then it sort of fizzles out (hello knitting, gardening, learning French). In an attempt to also make 2016 “the year I stick to something” I am bound and determined to put my newfound knowledge to use.
Inspired by the unexpected ingredients and brilliant combinations found in all Curate Snack bars, I wanted to incorporate my newfound interest of essential oils and experiment with combining different scents with homemade beeswax candles. Now I’m not sure if you have ever searched for a DIY tutorial for beeswax candles, but there literally thousands of recipes. I worked primarily from A Beautiful Mess’ incredibly simple recipe, but added my own little twist; I’m adding different essential oils to candles to inspire different feelings: refreshment, relaxation, focus, and inspiration.
That’s it! Pretty simple, and an amazing way to make your whole house smell wonderful. I ended up making four different kinds of candles for this project, each with a different scent and purpose:
Thanks to Curate for providing me with inspiration to mix and match scents in an experiment that truly could’ve gone awry. Also, thanks for sending additional bars; Joe has seriously depleted the “prop stash” I should be using for posts.
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Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.
BY Kate Arends - April 11, 2016
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Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.
Seeing the cookbooks on your shelf reminds me that I would love for you to do a cookbook recommendation post – maybe your all-time top ten for someone who has limited shelf space but is looking to build a collection? I currently have Jerusalem, Made in India and Ruth Reichl’s new book.
That is a great idea!! Will get working on a post 🙂
Can you recommend a good source for those essential oils? Thanks!
Hi Cathy! I’ve purchased mine at Whole Foods or through an Aveda distributor. I’m partial to Aveda only because I’ve been getting facials and massages with their products for years and love their blends. Hope this helps!
Awesome! How do you get the candles out of the molds? xx
They pop out pretty easily once the wax cools! Just make sure to use an aluminum or tin mold.
Hi Kate, I love making candles but just doesn’t know what the difference is between soy and bees wax. Is one better than the other?
Beeswax is way better for you! here’s a good little article on it: http://empoweredsustenance.com/soy-vs-beeswax-candles/
I love this! I hope I have time to make it some day because it looks super fun, and candles are my favorite
I often use this on my winter boots, I love the look of wax melting 😀
This face mask the green tea and honey one would you recommend putting moisturizer on after wards?
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