I am a huge candle lover—that ambiance and aroma just can’t be matched. But the idea of spending $15 for something synthetically scented that’s been found to release dangerous chemicals into my home is less than appealing—even if it does smell like fresh apple pie.
But, as luck would have it, the blog Hello Glow recently explained how to make DIY candles free of synthetic fragrances and petroleum-derived paraffin wax—both of which have been found to emit chemicals linked to cancer when burned. Instead, the recipe features natural beeswax and essential oils, and can be made right in a slow cooker—no stove required. Meaning, even the most uncoordinated individuals, like myself, can (supposedly) make these.
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But, I wondered, can it really be done? And without wreaking havoc on my kitchen?
Here's how it went when I gave it a whirl.