Citrus, Flower and Spice Recycled Candles

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. 
I had planned to make cinnamon and orange scented candles this year. Then I got a jar of lavender seeds and a few dried roses from my Piano Man’s mother, and decided to add them to the mix.  
 
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.

41 comments:

  1. Yes, banish the darkness... You know your brother would not want u to fall to it... Look ahead not back..Take it from me, it will work out...

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    1. And he would have LOVED the candles. He was enchanted by things that smelled yummy ;-)

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  2. Beautiful in every way.

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  3. WOW! They look and sound totally yummy! Well done turning darkness into light yet again :D XXX

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  4. These look lovely and I bet they smell almost edible.
    It's great to focus your mind elsewhere in times of darkness.

    Have a lovely day x

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    1. The scent is yummy. I keep on getting up and sniffing it lol

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  5. I'm sure your brother appreciated (as much as we do) how you always find a way to let the light in. You inspire me, friend.

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    1. Yay! I hope he smiles at your words.

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  6. I like their rainbow hues and I'm sure they smell divine!

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    1. I was quite enchanted by the layers and the colors. I didn't think they would be this defined, but the sight made me very happy.

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  7. So beautiful! Lots of love went into making these candles! Very special! I have never made candles before. I think I should. I love my candles ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. If I had more space, I would make more and more often. I miss making tapers, but our kitchen is tiny. I be you would make some truly happy candles; full of smile ;-)

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  8. How wonderful, Magaly! And I just love the coloured pencils too! Wait, I think I can smell the sweet scent of your candles drifting across the miles! Lovely ...

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    1. I've used the same pencils for some years. They weren't very good for drawing--kept on breaking--but they make wonderful wick holders ;-D

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  9. I love how you concocted the wonderfulness, with a dab of this and a bit of that.....just as it should be. I love the doing of those magickal things. Sweet scents my friend, Oma Linda

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    1. I have all these wonderful friends who hold me together when I'm about to fall apart, who fill me with light when I need some, and who keep me centered *wink, wink*

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  10. I've been distracted from blogs so haven't read your last post(s)...will do that now.

    I must say, though, you do know how to make candles. Those are lovely.

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    1. Blogging is good therapy for me lol.

      I bet you would make wonderful candles. You are way craftier than I am.

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  11. They're gorgeous, and I bet they smell wonderful. I'm curious about how you get them out of the glasses. Do you have to freeze them?

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    1. Don't laugh, okay? I get them out of the glasses by dipping them in hot water. Never tried freezing. I wonder, wonder, wonder...

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    2. Oh, and after I dip them in hot water, I roll them on a bit of the same herbs I used in the wax. This makes the outside pretty, too ;-)

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  12. Truly the best thing to do to make yourself busy and also enjoy the fruits of your work :) These candles turned out great! I love their stripy body, and can imagine the fragrance filling the room...
    One question, I remember your last candles and that you put the into paper cups, so how do you remove the candle from the form if it's glass? I tried and I had heat up the steel form in order to let candle go off the walls.
    Thanks for sharing warmth of your house with us, Magaly :) Hope you feel better now. Hugs!

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    1. I dip them in hot water, and pull gently (using the wick). Then I like rolling them, while the wax still soft, on a bit of herbs. The bits melt into the center as you burn them, and yum, yum, yum!

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  13. I can only imagine the power within these beautiful candles. The focus of the energy of your recent days is awesome to behold.

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    1. They make smile. Wide and warm.

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  14. Your smile is brighter! Your beautiful candles are keeping up! xoDebi

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    1. You are too wonderful, Prudence, so I will smile even brighter... these candles better burn!

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  15. love the candles but all I want to do is send hugs....and lots of love

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    1. Thank you so much, my dear Tess. Love, especially lots of it, always helps ;-)

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  16. Oh WOW! See, I went to the recycled candles tutorial and I'm delighted! I didn't know you could use coffee filters for candle wicks! Thank you, thank you! I use those little melty plates for scented candles, but when the scent is melted off, I have a lot of wax left and now I finally know what I was saving it all for. These candles do sound lovely and you're right about the process of making them being good and healing. What a lovely scent these must have.

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    1. I drink so much coffee... I had to find a way to use the filter. I've made everything I can think of with them: cards, mini books, wicks... and they burn nice a high.

      Do share pics of your candles if you make them ;-)

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    2. You want to see photos of my candles? Are you sure? I've tried making them before and they looked like albino conjoined mice embryos. See here. If you dare... http://gaslightandgilt.blogspot.com/2012/10/epic-craft-fail-and-other-stuff.html

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    3. Oh . My . Melty . Waxy . Gods!

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  17. These are really impressive, Magaly. You should offer a few of these for sale near your AlmaMia listing. Candles always make me think of reading and these would look decorative on a nook table. I don't know what a nook table is, but, if I ever buy one, I'm putting candles on it. Just so I know I'm not improperly lighting my...nook? Uh, "sell them, they're great" is basically what I'm saying... *goes to price nook tables*

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    1. I have a feeling that I will grin for many days, thinking, Hm, I need some decorative candles to light my nook.

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  18. Such a lovely combination of accents!

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  19. I'm a little behind, but these are beautiful! Sorry it's been such a tough time for you, but I absolutely understand. It's amazing the things that can trigger the memories, and it's like they are back in the same room with you.
    Love light and comfort to you.

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    1. I need to fly around and do some reading, too. But with all this editing *sigh*

      You were in my mind the other day. I was thinking that this holiday season will be particularly strange for us both, different. I bet they are watching... your dad and my little brother.

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