Bed time can be a bit of an *ahem*… challenge if you have kids. This is especially the case if you have a kiddo who’s afraid of monsters. While telling your little one there are no monsters can help, you can also help them spray the monsters away!
Candles are popular anytime, but especially so during the cold and dark winter months. They fill the room with a warm glow, light and scent. When spring comes, candles are a time-tested way to add color and scent to your space. This Purple Blackberry Flower Candle is scented with the sweet and juicy Blackberry Sage Cybilla Fragrance Oil. This project features flower wax cut-outs that add a spring flair.
To make the flower cut-outs, pour beeswax into a Glossy Silicone Square Tray Mold. Once the wax has cooled down but is still warm, use the Flower Template as a stencil to draw flowers into the wax. If you do not have a Glossy Tray Silicone Mold, other silicone molds such as the 6″ Silicone Slab Mold would work well too. These flowers are then layered onto the candle, and held in place with hot wax.
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, now is the time to start creating gifts for your loved ones. Handwritten valentines are an excellent way to show love and appreciation; I’m a firm believer in the power of a well written card! This year, make your love note one to remember with a dramatic wax seal.
Sealant wax is commonly comprised of beeswax and resin to create an incredibly hard, sticky wax. Without resin, this combination of waxes is not as hard and brittle as traditional sealant wax, but it’s perfect for adding a decorative touch to your letters.
With the year coming to an end, it’s time to do a little tidying up around the house to give 2015 a fresh start. If you have some wood surfaces that need polishing, this Simple Citrus Furniture Polish is easy to make and leaves wood looking refreshed. Made with a combination of beeswax, olive oil and castor oil, this polish is firm yet spreadable. Castor oil gives the polish shiny properties, and yellow beeswax creates a solid texture.
With a small amount of Orange Valencia and Lemon essential oils, this polish smells bright, clean and spring-like. I used this polish on my cutting boards, and they look brand new. To use, apply wax onto a paper towel or rag, and apply to the wood. Massage the polish in and remove any excess. Check out the 9 Bar Birchwood Mold below, one half has been polished and the other has not. What a difference a little polish makes!
Room diffusers are a great way to add fragrance to any space. They are also incredibly easy to make, making them perfect last minute gifts. The sample of the month, Winter Gardenia, brings crisp floral notes along with a hint of peppermint to your space. Accented with a beautiful paper gardenia designed by Lia Griffith, this diffuser looks as stylish as it smells.
If you’re looking for Winter Gardenia Fragrance Oil blending ideas, check out the Sample Idea Sheet. The sample idea sheets can be found on the right hand side of the Bramble Berry homepage. Along with blending ideas for the current sample, each sample idea sheet also features a tutorial!
When temperatures begin to drop, nothing beats cozying up inside. Create a lovely ambiance by making (and lighting) a candle. This Winter Gardenia Fragrance Oil candle fills the room with a unique floral scent. With notes of peppermint, gardenia, lily and jasmine, this scent is perfect for the holiday season and cold days.
This candle features layered blue hues, which become lighter from bottom to top. Easy to make, this project does require a bit of patience as it is important to let each layer cool and harden before pouring the next.
On a cold and rainy day, there is nothing better than filling your home with a warm scent. Wax tart melts are a fun alternative to candles and require no open flame. Simply melt down wax, add your fragrance and color, and heat the tart on a warmer tray to release the fragrance. They’re easy to create and are a great project for beginners.
Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil is a fantastic blend of bergamot, orange blossom and amber, making it a great choice for a home fragrance. It also blends beautifully with a wide variety of fragrances, including Smoky Patchouli and Vetyver Fragrance Oils. If you’d like more blending ideas for this project, check out this idea sheet!
These past two weeks have been full of crazy Givember activity, and we hope that you were able to take advantage of our special deals, coupons and holiday-themed tutorials. The last ensemble is super kid friendly and includes tutorials on soapy candy canes, bath fizzies, fun-colored Gingerbread Men, some swirly melt and pour and of course, these adorable little stockings. Happy giving!
Heading to a holiday party and need a quick gift? This adorable holiday potpourri jar can be assembled in 10 minutes or less! This project incorporates plenty of holiday hallmarks, including cinnamon sticks, cloves and of course, the sweet and spicy fragrance of freshly baked pumpkin pie. Downloadable (free)! labels make this a complete gift giving tour de force.
If you have a fake tree this holiday season, then you’re probably missing out on the fabulous Christmasy scent of pine tree; it just goes with Christmas. I’ve figured out a way to have your cake and eat it too. Or should I say have your fake tree and smell it too? However you want to phrase it, these wax ornaments are all natural, easy to make, and will definitely bring your some Christmas olfactory cheer. Check out this tutorial for another beeswax ornament idea!
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NOTE: If you have a big tree you’re going to want to make a bigger batch. And if you dare, you can even add more essential oil so it’s extra piney! This recipe makes 8 ounces total (two bells and eight trees).
ONE: In the microwave (and in a microwave safe container) melt 8 ounces of Yellow Beeswax. Be very careful when melting beeswax in the microwave, it has a pretty high melting point. Just make sure that you melt the wax in short bursts stirring between sessions.
TWO: Once the wax is melted, add 1/2 ounce of Fir Needle Essential Oil and 1/2 ounce of Cedarwood Essential Oil. Mix well and pour into the mold. Then add the twisty ties making sure half of the tie is sticking out.
(NOTE: The Christmas Tree Flexible Mold and Flexible Bell Mold have been discontinued. They have been substituted with the 6 Cavity Christmas Assortment Silicone Mold.)