You know how whenever you burn a candle, there's always a bunch of wax left over after the wick burns through? This can be a massive disappointment, especially when the candle was really pricy and amazing-smelling. Still, whining about how there’s still at least a votive’s worth of wax left won’t bring it back to life.
Well I gotchu, girl (or candle-loving dude--I know you’re out there). After conducting years of poorly-thought-out wax experiments--and gaining extensive knowledge about how to get wax out of every kind of fabric and household surface, by the way--I finally found a way to use up that last bit of candle, and fix my busted cuticles in the process.
To turn your spent candles into the most luxurious cuticle cream you’ve ever used, here’s what you’ll need:
· One used-up candle. I prefer soy wax candles over paraffin because they supposedly burn cleaner, but they also have a lower melting point, which makes them ideal for this DIY because you want the cream to melt on contact with your skin.
· An oil of your choice. I used olive oil because that’s what I had around, but any of the high-oleic oils would be suitable for this extra-rich balm.
· A container of some sort to mix and store it in. I used an empty lip scrub container.
· A butter knife and spoon. (Don’t worry: Soy wax washes off pretty easily with soap and hot water.)
That’s seriously it. Isn’t this the easiest DIY you’ve ever heard of? This is finally my chance to be huge on Pinterest. Anywho...
First you’ll want to melt your wax. Place the candle jar in an empty pot and fill the pot up with water until it reaches about an inch below the rim of the candle thusly:
It will act like a double boiler, but it is important not to overfill the pot, or the boiling water could splash into the candle jar and muck with the consistency of your wax.
While it’s boiling, it’s a good idea to wash out your empty container one more time.
Once your wax is finally melted through, carefully spoon some of the wax out of your candle jar into your new container until it is halfway full. I recommend just turning off your stove and transferring the wax without even taking the candle out of the pot of water. This ensures that it won’t cool and harden too quickly and lowers your chances of spilling hot wax all over your kitchen. Learn from my mistakes.
Once your container is half-filled with wax, grab your oil of choice and fill the container the rest of the way with oil, leaving yourself just a little bit of mixing room
Then stir the two parts together with your knife. If your wax is already starting to harden, you can pop the whole thing into the microwave for a minute or so and stir again.
And that’s it! Wait for an hour or so for the balm to set, and then moisturize away!
The waxy balm should melt when you rub a finger on it, and it is super-tenacious so that you don’t have to reapply every time you wash your hands.
The best part is catching a subtle hint of your favorite candle scent whenever you reapply lipstick or brush your hair away from your face.
So which candle will you cuticle-cream-ify first?