Beyond its appealing aroma, lavender has been shown to help relieve insomnia, stress, and anxiety. Martha Stewart Living crafts director Marcie McGoldrick was inspired to include it in the home-spa products on the pages of the magazine (and in the lip balm). Enjoy the relaxing scent with candles made from soy wax mixed with lavender essential oil.
EcoSoya Xcel wax, $8 for 2 lb., brambleberry.com
CD12 wicks, 6", $1.30 for 10, brambleberry.com
Lavender essential oil, $8 for 1 oz., thesage.com
Liquid Fill glass paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $3.50 for 2 oz., plaidonline.com
- 2 pounds soy-wax chips
- 6-inch wick with wick tab
- Glass vessels, such as canning jars, in various sizes (2 pounds of chips yield 32 fluid ounces of wax)
- Lavender essential oil
- Transparent glass paint (optional)
Place wax chips in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until smooth throughout.
For each candle, cut wick to height of vessel plus 2 inches. Dip wick tab in melted wax and center at bottom of vessel. Wrap other end of string around skewer and knot. Rest skewer across top of vessel.
Scent wax by mixing in essential oil, about 30 drops for each cup of wax. Fill each vessel a quarter of the way and let set, about 10 minutes. Fill rest of vessel and let set until firm, several hours. Trim wick. If desired, use glass paint to tint exterior of vessel before filling.