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homemade lavender beeswax candle

I finally got around to making a beeswax candle. I had a big block of beeswax just sitting around, waiting for me to do something with it. I have gifting plans for this one, but the rest of the gift awaits me getting off of my lazy behind and finishing it. Baby steps.

Beeswax candles smell great, burn with less soot and smoke and have no chemicals. Turns out they are easy to make too, but next time I will enlist the dad and his giant Paul Bunyan paws to grate the huge 5 lb block of beeswax. I got a cramp in my hand.

DIY Beeswax Candle


  • beeswax (enough to fill your container)
  • box grater
  • glass measuring bowl
  • essential oil of your choice
  • braided cotton wick and wick clip
  • container of choice to hold the candle


Grate the beeswax and melt in 1 or 2 minute increments in the microwave, stopping and stirring occasionally.

While that is happening, pull a length of wick through the wick clip, crimp the clip to hold the wick in place, dip it in a little melted wax and secure it to the bottom of your container to hold it in place. I wrapped the other end of the wick around a pen and centred the pen on top of my tea cup to keep the wick straight as I poured the hot wax.

Once the wax has melted, add in an essential oil of your choice (supposedly 10-12 drops per every 5.5 ounces of wax). I used lavender oil for mine. Then carefully pour it into your container and let it cool. Clip the wick, leaving yourself about 1/2″ to work with.

You can also just add the grated beeswax to your container and melt it in the oven. See the tutorial for that method here.

Linked to Frugally Sustainable, A Pinch of Joy, Sorta Crunchy, Knick of Time Interiors, Homestead Simple, GNOWFGLINS

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rosemary mint shampoo and body wash

My favourite bath product of all time is the Aveda brand Rosemary Mint line of body washes and shampoos. I first bought some at a girls’ weekend getaway at Ste. Anne’s Spa. My girlfriends and I bought a weekend package through an on-line auction and had an amazing couple of days away. The spa uses only that scent for their products. Every time I smell it, I think of that great weekend.

I’ve long since run out of the body wash and shampoo and I don’t live close to any retailer that sells it, so I thought I’d try to recreate the scent myself. It might take some playing around, if you attempt to do it yourself, depending on the kind of soap that you use. For the body wash part, I loosely followed the directions on One Good Thing by Jillee’s post. I had an unused shampoo bar leftover from my attempt at shampoo bar and apple cider vinegar hair washing, so I modified Jillee’s recipe slightly and came up with this:

Rosemary Mint Body Wash and Shampoo

  • 1 shampoo bar (I used a Soap Works bar)
  • 4 cups water
  • 40 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 25 drops of peppermint essential oil

Melt the shampoo bar in a glass container in the microwave, adding just enough water to cover it. Watch to make sure it doesn’t boil over. Once it has mostly melted (you will probably have to stop and stir and few times), pour it into a pot with ~4 cups of water and continue melting the soap, stirring it constantly. Once everything seems melted, remove from heat and let cool. It will seem quite runny, but it thickens as it cools. Once cooled, I used my stick blender to really mix it up well, then added in the essential oils and stirred. If it seems too thick, add more water and blend it a bit more. Add the oils a little at a time, stopping if it seems too much, or add more if you like. The Soap Works bar had a very mild scent of its own that I needed to cover first.

I’m pleased with the end product. I smell rosemary-minty fresh. It even has a little tingle power. As an added bonus, Soap Works shampoo bar is a natural product, sold without packaging and I reused some old containers for the end product. No waste!

Linking to Frugally Sustainable, A Pinch of Joy, A Delightful Home, Six Sister’s Stuff

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anti-inflammatory and minor pain relief bath salts (for those times when you mangle your knee when tripping over a dog in the middle of the night)

He looks so harmless when he’s sleeping, doesn’t he?

I tripped over the dog in the middle of the night the other night (that’ll teach me to not drink water right before bed). I had my feet tangled up in 90lbs of Chester the Chesapeake and in an attempt not to hurt him, I lunged forward and managed to smack my tuque off of the chest at the end of our bed and mangled my knee pretty good. Fortunately, we’ve been watching our way through season two of Deadwood, so I had a whole arsenal of bad words appropriate for just such an occasion. I used most of them. I don’t even think the dog raised his head, but he might have blinked when I called his parentage into question. The crash and resulting tirade did send the dad leaping out of bed and to my aide (to his credit, that amount of noise at 4 am in the pitch black did not cause a heart attack).

I made it through the day yesterday, but I was definitely ready for some kind of nice hot bath for a soak by the end of it. This is what I came up with – it’s essentially my sore muscle soak with one addition:

Anti-inflammatory and Minor Pain Relief Bath Salts

  • 1 cup Epsom salts (reduces inflammation, relieve aches and pains)
  • ¼ cup sea salts (remove lactic acid build up that occurs in sore muscles)
  • ¼ cup baking soda (softens water and helps absorb the epsom salt)
  • 3 drops eucalyptus essential oil (has analgesic {pain relief} and anti-inflammatory properties)
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil (has analgesic properties)
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil (has analgesic properties)

Mix together in a small bowl, fill bathtub with hot water and put the salt mixture in under the faucet as it is filling. Soak for at least 20 minutes to allow absorption of mineral salts and essential oils. Enjoy.

This one smells really nice.

I should also add that the amount of essential oils used in a bath should be limited to 6-8 drops in total. The oils are concentrated and can cause a contact dermatitis (angry itchy burny skin reaction) if used in excess. Also, a carrier of some sort (oil, bath salts, honey or cream) should be used to keep the oils from lying on top of the bath water and coming into direct contact with skin. This is why I mix them with oils or salts when I use them.

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