I wasn’t really “into” candles until fairly recently. Once I realized how awesome they are, I became kind of addicted. I love burning a specific scent to match my mood, having one by me while I read or do homework, and I especially love seasonal candles.
Jimmy and I always end up in the candle section of stores like Target and Bath and Body Works to sniff all of their candles (seriously, every single one..), and my family and friends always know that candles are a great gift to give me.
Jimmy went above and beyond (as usual) the “typical candle gift” by giving me a candle making kit for Christmas. He’s so awesome. I think he was really intrigued, and wanted to learn how to make candles, so he gave me the kit partly so he could try it out. That’s my theory ;).
It turns out that candle making is fairly simple. You melt wax, add fragrance and dye, pour the wax into a jar with a wick, and ta-da! You’ve got a candle! When Jimmy and I finished making our first batch of candles, we just stood there smiling at each other because we were delightfully surprised at how smoothly the process went.
We made some wonderful blueberry cobbler and apple cinnamon scented candles before we had a bad experience.
I wasn’t feeling great on Sunday afternoon because I did something that wasn’t smart. I knowingly drank expired and curdled soy coffee creamer. I guess I thought it was okay since it had expired only a few days prior…?
We melted some wax to make a batch of brownie scented candles, and right before Jimmy put the fragrance in the wax, I was like “Man, I don’t think this is a good idea. I am going to smell that and just puke.” He didn’t really have a choice, though because he had to add the fragrance when the wax reached a certain temperature.
Well what do ya know, the second I smelled the brownie scent, I started puking. Fun times ;). I learned my lesson. Expired coffee creamer is not okay to drink! I also learned that Jimmy is so sweet (okay, I already knew that!). He finished making the candles, cleaned everything (the candle equipment/kitchen and removed the puke-filled garbage), took care of me all afternoon and evening. He even went to the store to buy new coffee creamer. What a stud.
Aside from my “fun” little experience, I have been loving candle making! It’s a lot of fun to explore all of the different scent, dye, and wax options!
Have you ever made candles?