I do not love lighting scented candles. There. I said it. I know. That likely puts me in the minority, but hear me out.
It should be noted, this dislike stems aside from the abundance of artificial bad stuff (science term) we’re putting in the air for our breathing pleasure when lighting most scented candles.
Of course I own scented candles (I don’t live under a candle-less rock). I just don’t often light them. Most scents are strong enough that simply opening the lid or placing it in front of an open window is scent enough for me.
Because really, I’d rather walk past and notice a subtle scent if the alternative is walking into a whole home that smells like a fake frosted lemon sugar cookie. And, what if it’s a great candle and it smells just like a REAL frosted lemon sugar cookie? Well then I’m going to be expecting my frosted lemon sugar cookie. See? Disappointing either way.
But this isn’t supposed to be about personal disappointment. This is about spring.
Have you ever noticed that one of the things people get most excited about, is the first morning of the year when they walk outside and smell spring? I imagine it’s some combination of softening soil with barely-there buds just waiting to bloom.
It’s a subtle scent, that springy smell…and isn’t it the best?
A year ago, I was given these rosy rings. (If buying sounds better than making…you should get yourself some too.) The company out of Denver, suggests placing their wax sachets in your lingerie drawer or with your linens. They also come on a suede string and they are beautiful, so I’m not really sure why you’d do anything other than display them for all to see…and smell.
The wonderful thing about these (and the homemade version) is that they have that spring thing going for them. The perfect balance of subtle strength.
metal cookie cutters
wax (this can be leftover candles, soy wax, beeswax, wax pellets, wax sheets… you get it)
The amount of wax depends on how many wax sachets you’d like to make. I used 14-16 oz (a combination of recycled candles and several of these soy wax combs) to pour into a 9×9 glass baking dish. When I make them again, I may make them thinner but it’s really a matter of preference.
essential oils (if you’re using unscented wax, a few drops of lavender or rose are my favorite but experiment!)
dried flowers, petals, berries, dried citrus slices (optional, but pretty)
twine (optional for hanging)
skewer or straw (optional for hanging)
a double boiler set up (a heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water)
Set up your double boiler and place your wax in your heatproof bowl to melt. Many prefer to use a recycled soup can submerged in the water so that clean up involves tossing the can rather than any wax removal.
While your wax is melting, set up your wax mold.
I used a 9×9 glass baking dish, and placed a square of wax paper on the bottom. It’s helpful to have the paper extend a little higher than your wax will sit so that you can lift out the wax once it has hardened.
Place your dried flowers etc. next to your dish for easy access a few steps from now.
Once your wax has melted, (and if you haven’t used a scented wax) add a few drops of your essential oils.
Carefully pick up your melted wax (with a towel or pot holders!) and pour it into your dish.
Depending on the wax you’ve used and the thickness, you’ll have more or less time for the next steps. I was nervous that I’d need to rush these steps, but I had plenty of time.
You’ll notice your wax starting to solidify and becoming more opaque. At this point, place your dried flowers etc. onto the surface of your wax. If it sinks too far, wait a little longer and try again.
Once all your pretty things are arranged, use your cookie cutter to cut your wax into shape.
Press slowly for your first cut. If you notice the center cracks and is wet, give it another minute. The wax around the edges will begin to harden faster, so start there.
If you’ll be hanging your wax, use your skewer to pierce holes in all of your sachets. The wax will be cool within minutes, but I like to give the whole thing an hour or so to really solidify.
With the help of your wax paper, lift your wax out of the dish.
Thread your twine through your sachets if you’ll be hanging them.
Collect your scraps and toss them in a little cloth bag, and into your top drawer!
These would make sweet and simple gifts for house guests or hostesses. They may even end up arranged in an Easter basket or two.