I have been creating and experimenting with candles for a long time now. I started out making soy candles scented with essential oils.
On one of our trips driving through Maine, travelling from Nova Scotia to Ontario, my husband and I stopped into a little shop and came across the loveliest candles I had ever seen. They were soy wax based and heavily fragranced. I loved the idea of these little candles, but I wanted to create a more natural version. I love 100% pure beeswax candles, but as I experimented with adding essential oils to them, I realized that beeswax is difficult to scent because of its strong natural aroma of honey and it is a very hard wax as well. I still wanted to create aromatherapy beeswax candles so I tried adding coconut oil to the beeswax. I loved these candles, but there was still something missing. I recently discovered coconut wax. This is 100% hydrogenated coconut glycerides. No soy, no palm, nothing else added, just pure organic coconut oil, in wax form. I blended this wax with beeswax and it makes the most luxuriously beautiful coco cream that looks like buttermilk in a candle! The ratio of beeswax to coconut wax still allows the beeswax to perform its amazing air purifying magic and coconut wax is also one of the most clean-burning waxes available. This is the wax blend for my new aromatherapy candles. Don’t worry– I will continue to make pure beeswax candles as well because I love them SO much!
Once I chose my wax, the next step was the wick. I previously used a cotton wick in my candles. Natural cotton wicks burn very nicely. They produce a nice flame and they aren’t too sooty. However, for these new candles I discovered a new kind of wick; A handmade wooden wick. Currently I use a cherrywood wick, but I am still experimenting. The wooden wick is so pretty. It also produces a nice flame and it crackles slightly as it burns. It creates a calming and peaceful ambiance. Wooden wicks can be temperamental if they are not properly cut and maintained. You need to trim them slightly after each burn. Once you experience a candle burning with a wooden wick, you will fall in love.
Now, let me talk about the scents that I chose for these candles. “Cottage country” can mean somewhere or something different for everyone. For me, it means something very special. I am lucky enough to have many special places in my life that I hold near and dear to my heart. There is a certain smell about each and every one of them that as soon as I pull into the lane or walk in the door I am reminded of so many wonderful memories. I decided to try and bottle those memories up!
I have created four (for now!) new scent blends to be incorporated into a new line of aromatherapy “coco-beeswax” candles and room sprays.
The places that inspired these creations are places where I spent my childhood playing and daydreaming and I grew up to admire and cherish them. The first place is of course the 1000 Islands and the St Lawrence River, where I spent my childhood and now my own children are discovering its magic. The blend that was inspired by this amazing natural wonder is called “The River.” Each of you will be inspired differently by this candle. Just because the St. Lawrence River is my river doesn’t mean that it’s yours. My husband grew up on a river as well. I think that these scents will be reminiscent of whichever river you call yours.
The second place that I drew my inspiration from is the shores of Lake Huron. We have a very special place on Inverhuron Beach and when I think of “the Lake” that is the lake I think of. This blend will be called “The Lake.”
The third place that holds a special place in my heart is the Muskoka Region. My family has been lucky enough to be part of another family that calls that region home and I have so many memories there that just keep building. I will call this blend “The Cottage.”
And last, but certainly not least, one of the most magnificent places on earth in my opinion is Algonquin Park. For four generations my family has been welcomed by this natural wonder and I just can’t imagine my life without it. This blend will be called “The Cabin” and the cabin it refers to is the cabin of “Cabin Fever Essentials.”
Each candle contains a combination of essential oils that I chose for the specific place, but each candle also has a therapeutic benefit.
An energizing and uplifting blend of Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, Lime and Pine
A detoxifying and soothing blend of Bergamot, Cedar Leaf, Eucalyptus and Lavender
A relaxing and calming blend of Lemongrass, Pine, Orange, Peppermint and a hint of Vanilla
A comforting and inviting blend of Sweet Birch, Lemon, Lavender
I wanted these candles to be rustic looking because that is the theme behind my brand; rustic and natural. Mason jars were an obvious choice! These cute little jars just spoke to me. Now that I’ve tested the candles and I love them, I am going to make them in 6 oz jars, but the little jars may still be available.
These candles are very special to me and I hope they find a special place in your hearts and homes as well.