When I had a riffle through my sister’s makeup bag I mentioned her new candle making venture. Well since then she’s become quite the candle chef, with all sorts of concoctions and scents coming from the kitchen so I thought I’d nab her mid-melt for a quick chat on one of our favourite topics among gossiping about Catfish: The TV Show and moaning about why our Mum insisted on dressing us the same as children…

“I began looking massage candles up online after sticking my finger in candle wax one time and thinking that actually it was quite moisturising (a snippet of sisterly advice – this is not recommended), so I did a bit of searching. I found all sorts of ones that you can syphon off the wax that melts and use them as a body oil – but they all seemed really expensive, so I decided to make my own. Scentymental is a good place to start and I’ve found their ‘How To Make a Massage Candle’ recipe to work really well. I stocked up on all the ingredients I needed from Amazon and reckon it cost around £25 to make up a kit that includes a bottle of Sweet Almond Oil, a selection of Essential Oils, Shea and Cocoa Butter, Soy Wax, wicks and an old saucepan (with a pourer on the rim) and spoon that you don’t mind getting a little scented. You can buy jars too, but I just reuse any old candle holders I have hanging around – jam jars look really cute too. I made one for Anna in an old Nutella jar! 

The first time I attempted the recipe I followed it to the gram, but now I just tend to throw it all in; if the candle is too hard at the end you can just melt it back down and add more oil, too soft and I drop in an extra handful of wax. My favourite scents I’ve whipped up so far are Sweet Orange on its own and Peppermint and Eucalyptus. I like to pair those with Cocoa Butter instead of Shea as it adds a bit of a chocolatey-ness to them – think Terry’s Chocolate Orange and After Eights. Tasty. Lemon and Lavender is a good one too with Shea Butter, just like my personal fave Yankee Candle. I find them to be super moisturising – no need to layer any other products over the top. The first time I used them I thought I’d wake up with a layer of wax settled over me, but I just felt super smooth – where does it go!? It’s a mystery. I think next I might branch out into normal candles and go a little crazy with colour; ombré candles are in my sights. My top tips? Try to get the wick as straight as you can by securing it with sellotape and string – YOU DON’T WANT A WONKY WICK.”

We then both descended into a fit of chortles over the ‘Wonky Wick’ comment. Sisters, eh? Happy DIY-ing could-be candle chefs.

  • http://lottiekerr.blogspot.co.uk/ Lottie Kerr

    Such a cool idea, I might have to rope my sister in to make some with me :)

    Lottie x

    http://lottiekerr.blogspot.co.uk

  • Deeya Cantabile

    I should probably try this! We don’t have any store to buy stuff like bath and body works here in Malaysia. I love you, because you love makeup! and I love makeup too :)
    http://www.deeyacantabile.blogspot.com/

  • Anna Blush

    Think I may have to give diy candles a go! :)

    http://anna-blush.blogspot.com

  • Amy

    This is such a cute post! I would love to try making my own candle, I love the sound of the peppermint and eucalyptus one!

    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Rebecca-Louise Murray

    I am definitley trying this! I spend waasy to much money on candles…
    http://www.iamenglishrose.com
    Xxxx

  • Valérie

    Hehe there are so many ways to make candles! :D
    I really love your version! I’ve recently (three days ago) written a post about making teacup candles, they’re really cute! :)
    Great post!

    XO

    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

  • Emilie Garnes

    Ooohh this sounds very fun! Might try it once I feel the need to change up my candles :) xx Em

    http://www.someoneinthecorner.blogspot.com

  • http://www.letitbecosy.com/ Rocio

    I love this idea Anna! Making things with your own hands is so rewarding. I love a bit of DIY x

    http://www.letitbecosy.com

  • lydia

    definitely must try this! it looks good! xx

    http://lydiam4y.blogspot.co.uk

  • Hannah Cagney Lace

    Isn’t your sister just the talented little candle maker? She should set up a shop on your blog selling candle starter kits, I’d definitely buy one!

    Hannah cagneyandlace.com

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  • joysteib

    This is such an awesome venture!!! Who doesn’t love the scent of a nice candle and one that serves as a moisturizer as well!! Love the names you’ve created!!

  • connieabc

    i am absolutely trying this out asap!! x

  • Celinelovesbeauty

    I need to try this! X
    Celinelovesbeauty.blogspot.com

  • theilluminatorblog.com

    love this! you could add all kinds of bespoke fragrances. also why don’t you use old victorian esq cups & saucers or vintage glasses? they would make cute gifts.

    theilluminatorblog.com

  • Pippa Jones

    Defiantly something I want to give a whirl at. Sounds fun and easy!

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://thenonbrit.blogspot.com/ Amelia

    I’ve actually looked into doing this in the past, but never followed through on the execution of it, so props to your sister for making so many! I’d love to try my hand at it, and hey, I’ve already got the Sweet Almond oil! xx

  • jasmine

    I love making candles, it’s so fun!

  • Jas

    Omg I would love to try this! :) xx

    http://those-material-things.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://mizzrubiiee.blogspot.com Rubiiee

    Sounds fantastic! I’ve always wanted to dabble in candle making, not the traditional, but this type… Thanks for sharing :]

    <3 Carolyn

  • http://foxandaries.blogspot.com/ FOX + ARIES

    Your sister is so crafty! The Sweet Orange candle sounds sooo good. Definitely intrigued now, it doesn’t sound as difficult as I thought it would be!

    XO Camey

  • Chelsea Howard

    I am SO trying this!

    x

  • Hannah Marie

    Ooooo I quite like the look of this! I so want to give this a go!! xoxo
    http://hannmaree.blogspot.co.uk

  • Heidi Wright

    Looks like a fun experiment!

    The British Teen // beauty and fashion blog

  • Rainer Lara

    Awesome stuff. :)

  • WY

    This sounds like such a fun DIY project! I’ll definitely check out the set on Amazon :-) . xo

    http://ravesndramblings.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/Beauty18Claudia Claudia

    This sounds like so much fun.

  • Mira

    going to try this xx

    http://s-kinnyjeans.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.thesugarspunsisters.blogspot.com/ Sugar Spun Sisters

    Definitely trying this! :)

    Eve & Faye xx