Thursday, December 24, 2009

Magic of Candles

The magic of candles
• To make any candle a scented candle, add a drop of essential oil to the melting wax just next to the wick. Consider cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, pine, or bay for traditional holiday fragrances.

• Burning a bayberry candle on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve is a tradition that has been around for many years. If you burn it all the way down, you’ll have good fortune throughout the coming year.

“A bayberry candle/Burned to the socket/Brings food and larder/And gold to the pocket.”

• Beeswax candles tend to drip less than paraffin candles, won’t smoke, and hold their shape well during hot spells. A 12-inch beeswax candle will burn for 10 to 12 hours—several hours longer than a paraffin candle of the same size.

Tip: Keep candles away from heat sources. If your candles warp, immerse them in a pan of warm water to make them pliable enough for straightening.

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