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Random project: Soy candles

Don't ask me why...but yesterday I had a sudden urge to make candles...I know it's kinda random but it just sounded intriguing to me. I adore candles and I spend a bloody fortune on them...so I thought why not? I make my skin care products why not make some candles while I'm at it. In all my free time. ha!

So last evening, off I went to the craft store, grumbling husband and whining three-year old in tow, where I found a cheesy soy wax candle kit. I got it anyway, deciding against the gaudy pink dye and synthetic vanilla fragrance.

I wanted to use pure essential oils and no silly colors.

The result...a simple white candle in a frosted glass with the heavenly aroma of lavender and vanilla.

Not too shabby...for my first go. Fun too.

xo,

Ivy

Vanilla Lovers Massage oil

I thought it would be fun to post an easy recipe to make your own massage oil fragranced with the intoxicating aroma of natural vanilla.  This recipe comes from one of my favorite organic body care recipe books: Organic Body Care by Stephanie Tourles.

3 long vanilla beans 1 1/2 cups jojoba oil

1. Slice the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape the seeds from each bean, and add it to a glass jar. Chop the empty bean pods into one-inch pieces and add to the jar. Cap the jar and shake the mixture for one minute.

2. Store the jar in a dark place for two months to allow the vanilla essence to infuse the oil. During this time, shake the jar every day for 10 to 15 seconds.

3. After two months, strain the oil through a tight-mesh strainer, coffee filter, or nylon stocking, then pour the oil into an elegant glass storage bottle.

The result: a beautifully fragrant oil that can be used for massage or applied after your bath or shower to nourish and moisturize the skin.

Enjoy.