White vinegar is a pretty amazing household cleaner. It’s incredibly cheap; cuts through dirt, grease, odours and soap scum like nothing else; can be used in a myriad of different ways; and is kinder to the environment than many cleaning products you can buy. It’s a bit of a miracle cleaning product really when you think about it.
However, there is one downside to vinegar, and it’s quite a biggie. Vinegar smells of, well, vinegar. Which isn’t entirely ideal sometimes, and isn’t to everyone’s taste. Particularly if you are using it in a small space.
I quite often use a vinegar spray to clean my kitchen, but I don’t want it smell like I’ve been eating fish and chips.
In this instance I turn to essential oils to fragrance my vinegar. Or, when I’m feeling super thrifty, I turn to kitchen scraps and herbs picked straight from my garden. Infusing the vinegar with citrus peelings and my favourite botanicals creates a fresh scent that’s light on the pocket.
Find out how to make infused vinegar for cleaning in my post with Thought’s blog.
ps: no Ten Things this week whilst I take a little break!
Today let’s talk soy candles. And not just any old soy candles. The best soy candles.
I love candles. On a dark night there’s nothing better than closing the curtains, dimming the lights and lighting some soy or beeswax candles to create a lovely relaxing atmosphere.
Standard candles I don’t love so much. Standard candles are made from paraffin wax – a petroleum by-product that is made when crude oil is refined into petrol, which affects your indoor air quality when you burn them. And that’s before we’ve even covered the artificial fragrances contained in candles, which can hide a cocktail of particularly undesirable chemicals.
Soy candles are made from soy wax – a vegetable wax made from the oil of soy beans, so are petroleum free, and the very best soy candles are also fragranced with pure essential oils rather than artificial fragrance.
I’ve tried a lot of candles in my time – here are four of the best soy candles in case you’re in the market for some candles. Or maybe you’re like me and candles are your fail safe thing to buy for people who are really hard to buy for!
Four of the Best Soy Candles
Paddy Wax soy candles, available online from Rooi, are one of my long standing favourites. I’m currently burning the redwood amber candle, which has a lovely sweet yet earthy scent (derived from essential oils) that I find hard pushed to describe.
Paddy Wax candles are a little more strongly scented than other scented soy candles I have tried. I find that a good thing when you are trying to fragrance a larger area, such as a living room, however they may be a bit overpowering in a small bathroom, for example. Save your Paddy Wax candle for fragrance purposes, rather than mood lighting when you’re in the bath!
What I love most about Paddy Wax are that the candles come in a wide variety of holders. I have had a few of the recycled bottle and apothecary jar candles in the past, and have saved the empty jars for candle making. Whilst in this instance I have a wooden octagon candle pot that will make a lovely plant pot when the candle is spent. I’m looking forward to planting a little succulent in this beauty.
The Melt Pool
The Melt Pool soy candles are handmade using soy wax and essential oils, and come in a range of containers – from tins to glass votives and jars, and use recycled packaging where they can
I’ve got the cedarwood candle, with cinnamon cloves and orange which is lovely to light on cold dark nights. I find the aroma is a bit more delicate than from Paddy Wax candles but it still gives off a lovely fragrance. The candles start from £4.95 so make for a good budget friendly option.
Isle of Skye Candle Co
Isle of Skye Candle Co soy candles are handmade on, as the name suggests, the Isle of Skye, and come in beautiful glass votive jars. I’ve opted for a three wick candle, but they do have single wick candles.
I have the Wooden Heart candle, which is a blend of tea tree, cedar wood and orange essential oils. The scent on this one is very delicate and I think this particular one is best suited for lighting purposes, rather than being one that you’d light to help mask cooking smells, for example. The three wick candle provides a cosy bright light, and would be perfect adorning the table during a romantic candle lit meal.
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