Archive for May 2014: Page 2

Handmade Candles.


Everybody loves candles. Nobody loves Yankee Candle, and are you kidding me, America? Of COURSE it’s in stock. It looks like cotton candy and smells like Vegas. That jar belongs at Major Thrift. The candle is the one thing left that could restore your reputation, and you’re destroying it.

When they’re not awful, candles are wonderful. Most of them cost less than a cup of coffee and at nighttime, they take fifteen years off your face. I’ve only experienced two fires, so really, there’s nothing to lose.

Here’s a fun DIY project, and aren’t they all? Forget about the fact that you could have gone to medical school in the time it took you to scrapbook your vacation to Branson, because it feels good to make stuff. Yes, I live in France, but people actually visit Branson. And probably scrapbook about it.

First, you’ll want to gather some glass containers. I’ve used a spare set of cordial glasses, because I’m Madeline and I have a ton, but anything small and lovely will do. Pull together some soy candle wax, wicks, your containers, a hot glue gun, and I’m sure you have all of this on hand. Next, grab a a double boiler, food thermometer, oven mitts, and fragrance oil. Got all that? Good.

Now melt the wax. A good rule of thumb is about 6 ounces for small containers, 12-14 ounces for large ones. Drop it into your double boiler and set to low/medium-low heat. Do NOT go lounge. Be responsible. This may take awhile, so read some Proust to your children or something. Go ahead and attach the wick to the bottom of your container with some hot glue. Hold it there until it dries, and stop being impatient.

Once the wax has melted, add 1/2 teaspoon of fragrance oil and allow everything to cool to between 120 and 140F. Pour it into the containers, let it harden, and trim the wick. You’re done, and how fun was that?

Bisous, M.

  1. Ellen P. said...

    Can we talk about Bath and Body Works? Absolutely destroyed our malls with that awful stench. But I guess malls have already destroyed America. Never mind.

    May 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm
  2. Leah Cheney said...

    You forgot about funnel cake.

    May 20, 2014 at 8:12 pm
  3. Danette said...

    Pinterest is making us into slaves trying to complete a “project” that takes more time than I have to figure out life.

    May 20, 2014 at 9:05 pm
  4. Barbara said...

    Those are beautiful! Madeline, you’ve outdone yourself. Now go lounge.

    May 20, 2014 at 9:17 pm
  5. Christine Ashe said...

    But Danette, so, you sit in your pajamas all day and make CUTE THINGS. That people buy, non? 😉

    May 20, 2014 at 9:26 pm
  6. Therese said...

    Very fun. Come to my house and relieve me. I tried to make “pancakes” this morning. Didn’t work.

    May 20, 2014 at 10:02 pm
  7. Sabine Joule said...

    Si belle!

    May 21, 2014 at 1:08 am
  8. Joelle N. said...

    Diptyque est mieux que ce yankee candle. Jolie.

    May 21, 2014 at 2:34 am
  9. Dani S. said...

    Madeline, last night I read Candide to my sweet children while working on the bouillabaisse. Very relaxing evening.

    May 21, 2014 at 8:25 am
  10. Giselle Barousse said...


    May 21, 2014 at 11:16 am
  11. Laurie said...

    As my pate facial is gelling, hardening, sliding off onto crackers tonight I will think of things from a long time ago and wonder if that would work for a book title. Then… I will dream of your candles. My fragrance of choice will be “Ines de la Fressange – Cribs”
    You are a riot.

    May 21, 2014 at 6:11 pm
  12. jre said...

    For little kids, it’s less “blow out the candles on your cake!” and more “go ahead and spit all over the cake”

    June 22, 2014 at 10:03 pm