Candle Making

no cookies here

Being the craftmeister that I am, I figured it can’t be that hard to make candles. Just hot wax, some string, and a little ingenuity.

Each of us has a luxury that we’re willing to spend money on. For my friend Fiona it’s shoes, for others it may be a motorcycle or a dog. My cash black hole is definitely my apartment. I will spare no expense when it comes to making my house a home. Which would explain the logic in spending $25.00 on a candle to get my home to smell like, “Luau Party.”

Wait… doesn’t Luau mean party? So basically I dropped an Andrew Jackson on a candle with a redundant name. Ah well, it smells good.

Nevertheless, I like a challenge and as Yankee Candles literally burn my money away this zaftig lady set out on creating her own.

First I did some research, because there’s nothing new under the sun that someone else hasn’t already tried and blogged about. Karrie over at the blog Happy Money Saver had a really good plan so I used her recipe.

Making 50 Hour Soy Survival Candles

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HappyMoneySaver: Badass Homesteading

I have mini hoarding tendencies. I especially feel bad whenever I have to toss something glass and perfectly serviceable in the garbage bin. Therefore the top shelf in my kitchen has a menagerie of jelly jars, glass vases and other translucent receptacles of all sorts. After some inspection I  chose about 7 and tossed the rest. After an hour long soak in hot water and a bit of scrubbing, these babies were good to go for getting their wax on.

top shelf in my house, no liquor just jars



leftover glass jars
hey ladies, it’s nice and warm in here


Ready for Waxin’







Total Cost so far: $0.00 and some elbow grease.

I went on Amazon to scout the rest of the stuff I would need. I bought wicks, 5 lbs of soy wax and essential oils.

I like sandalwood, vanilla, lavender and bergamot. A mix of sweet, woody and fruity; assuming that because I enjoy those scents separately I’d enjoy them mixed. Now, when you’re DIY anything scenty; i.e. candles, lotion, scrubs, you want to buy essential oil, not extract.  Essential oils are much more expensive than extracts, but for good reason. Essential oils are the essence of boiling the plant and seeds together, extract is essential oil diluted with alcohol and other additives. If you want something that really has a lasting smell, oil is the way to go. Extracts should be used for cooking.

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Natural Soy 444 Wax: 5 pound bag: $11.29


Low Smoke 210Z Wicks – 6 inch: 8 dozen Wicks: $9.95


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Sandalwood (Nepal) Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil – 5ml: $9.99




Cost of materials: $66.39

Other things I needed: hot glue gun, a pot, scissors, tin foil, funnel and a thermometer. All of which I had in the house, because as aforementioned, I’m a mini hoarder.

Once I gathered all my supplies, thanks Amazon Prime 2-day shipping, I set to get meltin’. 

DSC_0026 DSC_0023DSC_0042To be continued in Part 2.


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Hello random internet person! I'm Julianne. I live with my boyfriend Jaymes, and our dog Cash. His full name is Johnny Cash, but apparently dogs stop paying attention after one syllable. Anyway The Real House Blog is about our house projects and making a home together. I like writing, photography, and telling people what to do; so a blog is a perfect opportunity to share my opinions with the abyss of the interwebs. It took me a long time to find my home, peace, and love. In darker times, a few awesome blogs had always been a pleasure to read, a wonderful constant that could cheer me up. So now I'm excited to possibly create some joy for you Mr. or Ms. Reader. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the blog! The opinions expressed in this blog are mine and mine alone, and do not represent my employer.

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