I’m not sure what it is about fall that sends me into baking mode- but it never fails. Every year when the seasons change I find myself looking for reasons to be in the kitchen making something warm and rich. The cool, crisp air makes soups, stews, and baked goods sound so appealing to me (well, they’re appealing most of the time, especially the baked goods) and I’m often spending my spare time finding new recipes that will give me an excuse to be cooking and baking. Mostly baking if I’m being honest.
I’m pretty sure it’s the smells.
I just can’t get enough of my home smelling like pies and cookies and goodies. Delicious scents wafting through the air just add to the inviting atmosphere of a home in the fall. Am I right?! I LOVE it. Now, I know what you’re thinking. All that baking can’t be good for the waistline…and you’re right, cupcakes and skinny jeans are not best friends (and that makes me so sad). So to fill my home with the sweet scents that I adore during this beautiful season (and avoid my skinny jeans feeling a little too snug), I like to mimic the smell of fresh-baked cookies, pies, and goodies with the candles I burn. They fill my home with amazing scents that are almost as delicious as the real thing!
Here’s an easy recipe for a soy candle that is sure to fool everyone into thinking there’s a great dessert baking away in the oven. It’s that good.
- 1 oz. Apple Walnut Crisp Fragrance Oil
- 1 lb. CB-Advanced Soy Candle Wax
- Pre-waxed Candle Wicks
- 3-8oz Country Comfort Jars
- Brown Candle Color Blocks
- First, prep your candle jars. You’ll need to place the wicks inside the jars and position the wicks in the center. To do this, you can use a glue dot or a dot of hot glue to affix the bottom of the wick to the inside of the jar (that way it won’t move around when you pour the hot wax into the jar). To make sure the wick stays straight, you can place a pencil or Popsicle stick on the top of the jar and tape the end of the wick to it to stabilize.
- Next, melt the candle wax. 1 ounce of wax (about 5 cups) will yield about three 8 ounce candles. You can do this a few different ways. First, you can melt it using a double boiler (or glass bowl sitting on top of a saucepan). You can also melt it using a hot plate and a designated bowl or pan for the wax. Or- you could make it super simple and melt it in the microwave using a microwave-safe bowl. Either way you choose to melt the wax is perfectly fine, so long as it reaches about 185 degrees Fahrenheit (measure the temperature with a cooking or candy thermometer).
- Once the wax has melted and reached 185 degrees, stir in your color block. Remember, the blocks are concentrated color and a little goes a long way. Start with a small piece and add to the mixture until you’ve reached the color you like.
- Remove the melted, colored wax from the heat and stir in your fragrance oil. Pour the mixture into your prepped containers and allow to sit overnight before using. When you’re ready to burn your new, fabulous candle just make sure to trim the wick so that it’s not sticking out of the container.
Wasn’t this easy?! Enjoy!!