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Keep empty wal­nut, oys­ter and co­conut shells to make funky can­dle hold­ers. Wal­nut shells are very light so they can be used as float­ing can­dles as well.

Beeswax has a higher melt point than paraf­fin wax, cre­at­ing long-last­ing can­dles. It is non-toxic and has its own nat­u­ral sweet fra­grance. But bear in mind that it is pricier than other waxes (although if you keep your own bees, you’re sweet). And be­cause it has a high melt point, pure beeswax con­tainer can­dles can burn un­evenly. The wick tends to ‘tun­nel’ down into the wax and you’re left with a ring of un­melted wax around the sides of the con­tainer. Us­ing a blend of waxes that in­cludes a low melt point wax can rec­tify this. In­creas­ing the di­am­e­ter size of your wick can also help. A mix of soy wax and beeswax cre­ates a lovely can­dle and is cheaper on the purse than a pure beeswax can­dle. It will also help pre­vent the tun­nelling of beeswax, al­low­ing the can­dle to burn more evenly. The dis­tinc­tive honey scent of beeswax can mask the es­sen­tial oil scent, so bear this in mind if you want to make aromatherapy can­dles.

To make sim­ple tea light can­dles, melt beeswax in a dou­ble boiler as per the in­struc­tions above, but do not let the tem­per­a­ture go above 75°C. Pre­pare wick and holder as above and pour wax into shells to set.


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