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Shelf life expectations.

The other day I was talking to a friend about my business. I like to do this as I recently realised they’ll start making associations so by the time I’m good and ready to launch they’ll already be anticipating. I also like to get opinions, solutions, ideas, etc. Anyhoos, the issue of shelf life has been thrown around and in many forms especially in reference to

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For your pleasure…

So the other day I found myself in the midst of some crazy friends. They came around as I was in the end stages of formulating a body butter (another post) and they started teasing me about formulating bombs and other random entities. The conversation somehow jumped to formulation of lubricants and before I knew it I got an order from one of them for some

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Hibiscus peppermint emulsified lotion scrub.

First off. Let me just leave you with this lovely photo before I get to the deep bit. Two days ago, I received an order from a friend after he sniffed my peppermint essential oil (thanks to the Universe for making me walk past with it at that time). Trust me to sell myself on the spot and offered to make him a peppermint body scrub. He accepted the terms and I got to work. I had so much fun formulating this, especially the end stage. It looks and smells yummy. Someone even thought it was Continue reading Hibiscus peppermint emulsified lotion scrub.

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I made a beeswax candle

So last night I decided to stop procrastinating and make a candle. So glad I did because it turned out very nice. I feel proud. I had some beeswax and oils and made a blend of the wax and oil using a double boiler. I decided not to use any essential oils because the beeswax had this yummy honey aroma and I also like the smell of coconut oil. I used a square braided wick and a glass candle mould.  The candle burned with a very slight scent of cocohoneynut which I quite enjoyed but it did not fill the room.

The benefits of switching from paraffin to soy and beeswax candles are vast and not just limited to aesthetics. Beeswax candles are naturally opaque yellow-coloured and melts to look and smell like the prettiest amber honey, gosh, I’m in love. It has a long burn duration and doesn’t have that burn smell that paraffin wax candles possess. Some people claim it releases negative ions into the atmosphere that purifies the air but I cannot verify that so … .

On the other hand though, beeswax is generally more expensive than paraffin wax but I guess you get what you pay for, right? I’ll try to experiment a little more using other types of wicks but im happy so far with what I got.

I’ll do other posts on the uses and benefits of beeswax but as regards to candle making, I LOVE EET!

Cheers and till next time, enjoy my candle photos (and maybe try it for yourself).