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DIY 100% Beeswax Candles

I think I’m “crunchy.”  I may not be 100% crunchy… still, I’m pretty sure I’m crunchy.  I first heard this term in Boulder where I did my prenatal yoga teacher training.  One of the moms said she was crunchy.  I was like: Whaaaaaa does that mean?  It means you’re an organic produce purchasing, baby wearing, bra shunning (or in my case, forgetting), cloth pad wearing, going for all natural everything, and (possibly… hopefully…) natural birth mama.  I’m crunchy.  Which is why I’m making 100% pure beeswax candles myself.

Benefits (supposed… which is enough for me):

  • Detoxifies air
  • Using other candles (made with ingredients other than beeswax) doesn’t purify the air, yet, adds to the toxins just floatin’ around all willy-nilly…


Candle in the process of cooling down and setting. How freaking pretty is it when it’s setting? I wish the color would stay like this forever!

I’m planning on using these candles at Baby’s birthday – the day where Baby and my body decide that it’s time to pop Baby out into the world outside my womb.  Why?  I’ve become more and more obsessed with creating an environment that is pure and alive.  Our house has recently been decorated with air purifying plants (holy schmoly, that’s a REAL thing), where before it was covered in pretty, yet, very fake flowers that didn’t really do anything for the air quality.  I thought, what else could I do to make the house inviting for Baby?  Well, I like candles, maybe I’ll get some candles… dang candles are expensive… google searching… beeswax candles are really expensive… googling why anyone would want beeswax candles… finding out that beeswax candles are DA bomb and are going to be the only candle that I ever burn in my house again… *crunchy time*… I’m gonna make these freaking candles. I freaking did.

Benefits of making your own beeswax candles:

  • Cost
    • Homemade candle: ~$8.30
    • Premade candle: ~$15.30 (amazon)
    • or Premade tea light at Central Market: ~$2.99
  • It smells good
  • Sense of accomplishment!  Freaking candles.

It wasn’t as much fun as I anticipated.  It took me 3 hours to make these candles… because I could have turned up the heat on the stove and decided not to for some reason… anyways, I also broke the glass container I was melting the wax in (double broiler type situation… which what I was doing was NOT double broiler… will do that next time as well!).  I’m a cautionary tale!  Heed the advice crunchy candle makers, this is not uncharted territory.

Steps (if you dare):

  1. Grab supplies!  If you want to make exactly what I made, purchase: Beeswax 2 lbs, Cotton wick (will make about 50 wicks total),  6 Tulip shaped Weck jars (~7 oz size), and some bamboo skewers…or pens you have laying around.
  2. Set up a real double broiler and melt down the 2 lbs of beeswax.
  3. Cut the cotton wicks to about 6 inches in length, dip them in the beeswax to prime them, let them cool, and tie them around the bamboo skewers.  Place them in the jars.
  4. When wax is liquid, pour it into the jars.
  5. Set! and then burn, baby, burn.







Megan - November 10, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Love this! That color IS so pretty. Do you have a double broiler? I love mine if you want a suggestion :) What does a beeswax candle smell like? <3 Megan

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Rotten Cabbage

AKA the mouthwatering treat: Kimchi mmMMMmm

AKA the mouthwatering treat: Kimchi mmMMMmm

I hope you all are starting to like my recent post titles’ shock factor!  I’m learning a few things from the local news, haha… and all news outlets, actually.  Anyways!  I wanted to show you my first attempt at making one of my favorite childhood treats: Rotten Cabbage Kimchi.

This is my first time making it, not because I didn’t want to, but because I didn’t understand my mom when she was teaching me how to make it.  She knows how to make it (like a ninja) and can teach someone how to make it like a mathematics professor who teaches math and only cares about his research projects.  They teach you, but they’re not really understanding how to best teach you… even though they know how to do it like no one else’s business.  Such is life.

So, I looked it up online, because ILOVEONLINERESEARCH.  I came across this recipe (from… click here to see her genius explaining) and finally got the balls to try and mess it up in my own kitchen.

But this is the coolest part: A video of me squishing the fermented kimchi down and releasing the fermentation bubbles.  (!!!) suggested a lot more ingredients, but I just used the ones I remember my mom using:

After compiling those recipes, I just followed the instructions on… basically.  So, I also like to cut corners, and I didn’t wait the max time for the salt and cabbage to sit together.  BUT I did let it ferment for a longer amount of time before putting it in the fridge… not because I was lazy or anything… no nothing like that… and not because I didn’t forget about it… because who forgets about kimchi, amiright?!


  1. Clean cabbage.
  2. Cut and salt cabbage.
  3. Massage cabbage and think to self: I should have bought more!!!
  4. Cover cabbage with water and press down with canned chili.  Wait 1 hour… or 30 minutes, and rinse with cold water.
  5. Mix the korean chile pepper flakes and garlic.
  6. Massage that in with the cabbage and smoosh it down into a jar.
  7. I added some water to that to try and cover all the cabbage, but some of it was still sticking out of the water.
  8. FERMENT. for a few days… or 6 like me!
  9. Put in fridge and maybe even wait a little bit more for it to taste super kimchi-y

Good luck!  Mine turned out well, and I haven’t died from eating it, so, that’s also a good thing.

PS: You can start eating it right away… like fresh!  But if you want that really kimchi-like taste, then you should let it ferment.  It’s amazing, though, because (to me) it starts smelling like kimchi right after I massage the cabbage with salt.  Seriously.  I almost stopped there and accidentally made sauerkraut.

Also, I used some sanitary gloves that my mom gave me that were clearly purchased at the Korean store. I love how it says it can be used for science projects and toxic waste. If you plan on using it for that, just keep in mind that my fingers were stained orange after using these gloves to mix up the chile pepper and cabbage… they’re not exactly impermeable…

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