Cola…or Tea?

coca cola candleWhile you’re not eating your soap, or drinking you candles, you can make soap and candles that look like things to eat and drink. Whether you prefer iced tea, or prefer soda, you can make a candle that looks like it. Here are instructions for an iced tea gel candle or a Coca Cola gel candle. (Although I suppose it could be root beer, Pepsi or even Tab!) Summer is coming and it will be time to display these beverage themed candles.

 

Cola…or Tea? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 08:53:03.

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Petite Rolled Beeswax Candles

rolled petite beeswax candlesIf you’re looking for a small table-top candle display, or a lovely housewarming gift add-on, these petite rolled beeswax candles are a lovely option. They don’t burn long, but they are lovely, warm and rustic, like all rolled beeswax candles.

Petite Rolled Beeswax Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, May 27th, 2013 at 14:27:25.

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Pakistani fertilizer grows both Taliban bombs and Afghan crops

The Pakistani government and the region's largest fertilizer manufacturer are working with the United States to play a more active role in making sure a key ingredient for homemade bombs stays out of the hands of insurgents in Afghanistan, but that effort may be having an unintended consequence.
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Scott Budnick serves breakfast – with a side order of respect – to the homeless

Every Saturday, Scott Budnick and his wife, Maureen, peel 75 pounds of potatoes. At 5 o'clock the next morning, Mr. Budnick packs up the potatoes, 500 eggs, 250 sausages, and a host of other items contributed by his friends and neighbors. He drives it all to the Mathewson Street United Methodist Church in Providence, R.I., in time to welcome the first wave of volunteers – some homeless, some not …
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Do You Take Notes?

I recently went through a box of old soap and candle making files. About half of it was filled with old recipes and project notes…many of them stained and marked up.

I have long been a proponent of keeping good notes in a soap/candle making notebook. Whether you’re creating a new recipe, trying a new essential oil blend, or just trying out a new wick, it’s really really important to keep good notes. Otherwise you won’t be able to repeat your successes…and learn from your not-quite-so-successes.

Do You Take Notes? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013 at 22:09:01.

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Is Soy Wax Better?

All right…I must admit…I was pretty pro-soy wax this weekend. I had a soy wax container candle – (one of the nice high ball glass candles I made with the Bramble Berry Soy Waxes) – that had burned down to the bottom.

Normally, I would just toss it out…or leave it to recycle at some (often much) later date. But then I remembered that soy wax can be cleaned up with just soap and water. And you know what? It worked. I used a butter knife to scrape out most of the leftover wax and the wick clip. Next, I used a few paper towels to wipe out most of the remaining wax. Then with some soap and hot water, the rest of the wax came out. The glass was as good as new and ready to be made into a new container candle.

I generally try to be pretty fair and balanced when it comes to preferring paraffin over soy wax…but this was pretty impressive.

Is Soy Wax Better? originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 18:19:17.

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Are Your ‘Natural’ Beauty Products Really Natural?

The cosmetics/personal care aisle of Whole Foods or a health-food store is the unlikely intersection between seemingly conflicting impulses: the impulse to look good and the impulse to do good. After all, how nice does it feel to buy a product that makes you look better, sounds healthy and seems like it doesn’t hurt the environment? It feels pretty darn nice.
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Pakistani fertilizer grows both Taliban bombs and Afghan crops

The Pakistani government and the region's largest fertilizer manufacturer are working with the United States to play a more active role in making sure a key ingredient for homemade bombs stays out of the hands of insurgents in Afghanistan, but that effort may be having an unintended consequence.
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Choosing Safe Containers for Your Candles

I recently got to help a friend clean out their garage and they had a bookcase FULL of small pots, jars, glasses and other unique containers that they were going to use “sometime” for “something.” It was a pretty neat collection – and many of them could be used for candle containers…so I was interested.

You can use a lot of different sizes, shapes and types of containers for container candles – but you do have to follow a few simple rules.

How to Choose Safe Candle Containers

Choosing Safe Containers for Your Candles originally appeared on About.com Candle & Soap Making on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 11:47:22.

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