The last few days were tough on me… Your comments and emails of encouragement really lightened things up. Thank you for pushing some of the gloom away. I didn’t want to feel left out, so I made candles to banish the rest of the unwanted darkness.
My pestle, mortar and I took 13 pink rose petals, 3 teaspoons of lavender, ½ an orange peel (everything was previously dried) and one stick of cinnamon (recycled from hot chocolate), and crushed them into powder. They were crushed separately. I followed the same steps I used in Recycled Candles to Bring on the Light. But before melting the wax, I separated the chunks: dark colors with spicy scents, light colors with floral scents and the last pile was white and unscented.
I mixed ¾ of the lavender and all the cinnamon into dark colors with spicy scents melted wax, and split the concoction between the tree glasses. I let it sit for 5 minutes, melted the light colors with floral scents and added the remainder of the lavender to it. I repeated the prior steps. But instead of lavender, I added the orange peel and the rose petals power to the wax (I saved a pinch of orange and rose to sprinkle between the middle and top ring, and added a bit of red candle dye to the last bit of wax).
I’m pleased with the results, and appreciate the process even more. My heart knows these candles came from ingredients that were grown and given with love. The strength I used to crush the lavender, cinnamon, rose and orange peel ensured my energy went into the candles. The act of separating, melting, crushing, adding, waiting and mixing is enthralling. It looks wonderful, too.
And the bright scent feast makes me smile as warmly as the flame that encourages it.
P.S. I usually remove a finished candle from its container, but I like the look of this one in glass.