Make Your Own 2-Ingredient, Eco-Friendly Candle

Do you have olive oil and either a grapefruit or orange lying around? You, my friend, have a genius, eco-friendly candle just waiting to be built.

Candle Step 2 [image source: instructables], crowdink, crowd ink,,
Candle Step 2 [image source: instructables]

Candles from the store are often loaded with harmful chemicals. On top of which, who needs all of that plastic packaging and glass that you’re more likely to throw away than repurpose?

And, let’s be honest, as much as you keep saying you’ll get to that arts store or all-organic whole foods and herbal remedies place, who has the time?

Our solution? A 2-ingredient candle that you can make it home with materials everyone probably has in their kitchen.

You’re going to need:

  • Olive Oil
  • An Orange or A Grapefruit

That’s it.

Step 1: Cut your fruit around the circumference of the peel without breaking through the fruit itself.

Candle Step 1 [image source: instructables], crowdink, crowd ink,,
Candle Step 1 [image source: instructables]
Step 2: Carefully remove the fruit, leaving the “stem” of the peel intact.

Candle Step 2 [image source: instructables], crowdink, crowd ink,,
Candle Step 2 [image source: instructables]
Step 3: Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Candle Step 3 [image source: lifehacker], crowdink, crowd ink,,
Candle Step 3 [image source: lifehacker]
Step 4: Add a segment or two of the fruit to your candle.

Candle Step 4 [image source: wholelifestylenutrition], crowd ink, crowdink,,
Candle Step 4 [image source: wholelifestylenutrition]
Step 5: Put on a plate (the base gets hot) and light it up!

Candle Step 5 [image source: foter], crowdink, crowd ink,,
Candle Step 5 [image source: foter]
Did you give our super eco-friendly candle a try? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

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Sam Ferrante is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY; Ireland; and Australia. A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin's Slam Sunday, Sam was a Co-Creative Producer at Melbourne-based Slamalamadingdong in addition to serving on the Melbourne Spoken Word Committee. Sam has been published in Ghost City Press, Blowing Raspberries, and The Dirty Thirty Anthology and has been featured at The Owl & Cat Session, La Mama Poetica, Girls on Key, and White Night 2016 among others. Her debut book of poetry, Pick Me Up, got rave reviews from her Mom. She is currently the Editor of CrowdInk.