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Citrus-and-Spice-Scented Candles

Photography: James Merrell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2014/January 2015

Introduction

Sources

EcoSoya CB-XCEL soy candle wax, $4 a lb.; and cinnamon-bark, clove-bud, and cardamom essential oils, from $2.50 for 1/2 oz., bulkapothecary.com
Copper-shell half-ball, 0.32" (2 1/2", 3 1/2", and 4" diameters), from $7.50 each, necopperworks.com
Clementine, blood-orange, and bergamot essential oils, from $3 for 1 oz., thesage.com

materials

  • 2 pounds soy-wax chips

  • Wick, 6 inches, with tab

  • Copper shells

  • Wooden skewer

  • Gold wax dye

  • Essential oils

steps

  1. Place wax chips in a heatproof glass measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds; stir. Repeat until completely melted.

  2. Dip wick tab in melted wax and center at bottom of a copper shell. Wrap other end of wick around skewer; knot. Rest skewer across top of vessel.

  3. Add small pieces of dye to melted wax; stir. Continue adding dye until wax is golden yellow.

  4. Stir in about 40 drops of oil total for each cup of wax, following about a 1-to-3 ratio of spice scent to citrus scent. (We combined cinnamon bark and blood orange, clove bud and clementine, and cardamom and bergamot.)

  5. Fill shells, leaving a 1/4-inch rim at top. Let set until firm; trim wicks.

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