Oh, don't pretend like you don't have one!
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
· 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
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
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