Monday, June 1, 2015

4 DIY scented candles you can make at home without the use of essential oils


Sometimes the colourful scented candles in the home section of the department stores are a tad expensive, while the oil diffusers are a bit overpowering to the senses. Make the best of both worlds by making your own inexpensive scented candles that not only bring you warmth and ambience, but the subtle scents make your house smell like a spa and not a perfumery. 

Here are a few great ideas worth your time and effort. 

1. Cinnamon sticks – Take a tall medium-width white candle and cut several cinnamon sticks a little taller than the candle. Carefully glue the cinnamon sticks (length wise) around the candle. Just one line of the glue gun at the base is enough to secure the sticks. Then tie a ribbon around the center for detail. Instead of cinnamon sticks you can use stalks of vanilla. 

2. Coffee beans – First put a small tea light in the center of a bigger, glass container. Then, surround it with coffee beans. As the tea light burns it will warm up and help release the warm scents of coffee. You can spritz the coffee beans with a little water prior to lighting up the candle to intensify the scents. You may replace the coffee beans with vanilla beans. 

3. Orange – Hollow out half of an orange and place a wick in the center. Then pour canola oil to fill up the hollowed peel. Light up the wick and give it a few minutes for the scents to diffuse. You can try grapefruit and lemons as well. 

4. Lavender – This flower gives off a little scent but not as strong as the aforementioned suggestions. But it makes up for being a great decorative piece. Follow the technique as used with the cinnamon sticks. 



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