Candle Hack

September 15, 2008

Cheap

We have a candle that someone gave me for Christmas, and Lloyd really likes how it smells. I thought it was vanilla, but apparently it’s called ‘Creamy Nutmeg’.   It’s a Bath & Body Works brand, so I went looking for another one at their store for when I’ve used this one up while heating my house.  Holy smokes!  A little candle is ten bucks, and a slightly bigger one is twenty!!  Are these people crazy?  Don’t they know I’m cheap?  (By the way, did you notice that I’ve added a new category?)

So I’ve begun a new experiment.  I bought the little vial of scented oil that was only $7.50, and I tried melting some tealights in the oven and adding a few drops to the wax.  Hopefully, burning these newly-tinkered-with candles will release an expensive smell in to the air.  (Yeah, yeah – I know they make oil warmers.  Where’s the fun in that?)

Yep.  There’s melted wax spilled all inside that dish.

What did I learn?  1)Well, seven minutes in a 200 degree oven was plenty of time to melt the wax….  I think.  (I kinda lost track of time.)  2) Only use the tealights that have metal bases for the wicks.  One of my experimental subjects had no metal base and I couldn’t get the wick to stay after it floated away.  3) Anywhere from two to twenty drops should be enough.  (That bottle top is unreliable.)

Viola!  I’m burning one right now, and I almost think I can smell nutmeg.  If only I had a way to bundle these…..

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “Candle Hack”

  1. Brad Said on:

    You should just have Lloyd drink some egg nog and breathe out through his nose. I bet that would smell like “creamy nutmeg” to him.

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    • Deanne Said on:

      Yes, and to do that when egg nog isn’t being sold, just freeze some in little dixie cups in a plastic baggie and take them out when he needs his nutmeg-breathing fix.

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  2. Beth Said on:

    I have a coupon if you spend $15 you get one of those candles for free. That’s almost a buy 2 get one free deal…

    Three candles. Then you would really have something to bundle.

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    Creamy nutmeg? Can nutmeg truly be creamy, I ask you?

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