Saturday, June 13, 2015

DIY Orange Pomander Candle

The refreshing scents of citrus can calm any stressed mind and tensed body. In fact, according to studies, the simple addition of scented candles in a room has been show to decrease the stress levels of up to 20 percent. Bring that soothing power and relaxing spa ambience into your abode with a few well placed candles. 

For that wonderfully warm, citrusy scent, do consider making your own pomander candle, which makes use of oranges and cloves. The scent diffused from this is not only heavenly, but the candle itself will bring a pop of color and a decorative element to a bland tablescape. 

Here’s how to make one such candle to light up a corner of your home. 

What you’ll need
Tea light
Orange or graprfruit
Carving knife
Toothpick
Clove seeds

Step by step

1. Carve out a small indent at the top of the citrus fruit for the tea light. You may remove some of the fleshy pulp as well. Make the hole big enough so that the candle should fit securely. If you’ve made the whole too big, you can secure the candle by filing the whole with a little bit of candle wax and placing the tea light into the wax before it hardens. 


2. If the round fruit is not stable, you can slice the bottom of the fruit so that it’s flat.  

3. Using a toothpick, poke holes in the orange, following your preferred design. Do be creative. 

4. Stick the clove seeds into the holes that you have just made. 


5. Light the candle and enjoy the warm sweet and spicy scentsof the citrus candle. 

Arrange these candles on a tray with other citrus fruits such as lemons and grapefruits to create a medley of sumptuous scents. Once they’ve dried up a bit and loo k a little bruised, don’t throw them away just yet. Remove the tealight, rub a little salt onto the peel and place it in a mason jar filled with water and vinegar. Store it for a couple weeks and you’ll have an organic, all-purpose cleaner. Enjoy!


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