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3 ideas for homemade scented candles

3 ideas for homemade scented candles

Scented candles are typically associated with relaxation. It feels just perfect to enjoy the beauty of candlelight when you turn off the world and grant yourself a moment of stillness: the flickering flame provides a soft and warm glow, while its fragrance fills the room with a soothing effect.
Here you find 3 incredibly simple ideas for homemade scented candles that will also look really cute as a centerpiece or decoration.

Coffee beans candles

To have your home delightfully filled with coffee aroma, you only need to insert a tea light candle in a glass or candle holder filled with coffee beans. The candle will heat up the beans and release an exquisite smell. To preserve it, just remember to replace the beans once a mont.

Cinnamon and vanilla candles

The idea is combining the sweet aroma vanilla aroma with the enchanting fragrance of cinnamon. To do this, simply need cinnamon sticks around a vanilla scented candle, using a glue gun (be sure to work fast, since the glue dries immediately).

Floating candles

This cute floating candle keeps bugs away while you enjoy summer nights outdoor.
Put orange and lemon peels in a large jar with your favorite herbs or spices: cinnamon, lavender, rosemary, or any other you like. Add 20 to 30 drops of the citronella essential oil, and then top with hot water around 40 °C (100 °F), which will warm the whole and develop the scent. Finally, float a candle on the top and light it: it will look awesome at night.

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Honey secrets of beauty: moisturizing bath

Honey secrets of beauty: moisturizing bath

Natural honey, one of Carolans Irish Cream ingredients, has been known for its health benefits for thousands of years.

Honey contains glucose and other sugars which are a source of all-natural energy. It also helps relaxation: taking a spoonful of honey before bed ensures a restful sleep. Moreover, its antioxidant properties protect cells from free radical damage, and eating honey before allergy season on a daily basis is a valid help to immunize your body against pollen. Beneficial uses of honey are not limited to eating: it can prevent infection in little cuts and scrapes, thanks to its antibacterial properties. Last but not least, it is an excellent moisturizer, which makes it an excellent ally for beauty, as Cleopatra, who used to bathe herself in milk and honey, seemed to be aware. This beneficial effect is actually due to its humectants properties, in other words, it attracts and retains moisture on hair and skin.

Here is an easily done recipe for a treating bath that will moisturize and soften your skin while you enjoy a moment of full relaxation:

- 1 cup sweet almond oil (you may substitute a light olive oil)
- 1/2 cup organic honey
- 1/2 cup liquid hand soap
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Add all the ingredients to a clean plastic bottle (with a squeeze top) and shake gently until completely incorporated. Be sure to shake again before using. Squeeze desired amount under running water into a bathtub. Step in and enjoy!