Our new Made Healthy section is all about inspiring us to try to make what we love. I was so inspired by Katie’s description of creating the exclusive LOVE GOODLY Hyacinth vegan candle at Cellar Door Candles that I decided to try and DIY my own recipe. It’s wax, wick and scent, right…what’s so difficult about that?
Well, a whole lot, as it turns out. I didn’t really know the difference between base, heart and top notes, nor did I understand the importance of letting the candle set for 24 hours. But it was a learning experience, and at the end of the day I have a beautiful, unique candle—and a bit of a mess in my kitchen. Want to try? Here’s how it’s done…
1 heat-proof glass, ceramic or metal receptacle (Cellar Door uses beautiful porcelain dishes for their travel tins, but a half-pint sized Mason jar also works perfectly)
1 glass or ceramic bowl
½ pound bag of soy wax flakes (you can also flake candle stumps using a cheese grater)
1 small metal saucepan
1 metal funnel
1 cotton wick
1wick stickum (that’s the little disk that sticks the wick to the bottom of the ja
1 metal spoon
1 wooden spoon
Essential oils for scent
1. First, find your fragrance: You can use one essential oil for a single-note candle, or experiment by blending different scents. Here’s what I (now) know about fragrance blending:
The “notes” of a perfume refer to the time that the fragrance is detected. So the top note is the first thing you smell, the heart note is what you smell after the top note dissipates, and the base note is usually the “deepest” and most long lasting of the three. As an example, citrus is a typical top note, rose and lavender are heart notes, and vanilla is a base note. Here’s the blend that I used:
4 drops vanilla
3 drops rose geranium (quite possibly my favorite scent on the planet)
5 drops lavender
8 drops grapefruit
Choose your favorite scents and then experiment with the ratio, counting each drop, then double or triple the quantity—retaining the ratio—until your blend totals about 20 drops of essential oil for each ½ pound of wax.
2. Now, prepare your jar by wiping out the inside to make sure it’s clean, then tie the end of your wick onto the metal spoon and affix the wick stickum to the raw end. Drop the stickum end into the jar until it reaches the bottom and press it to the glass with the end of your wooden spoon. Position the metal spoon onto the top so that the wick remains in the middle of the jar.
3. Finally, let’s work on your wax. Turn the flame to low under your saucepan and add the wax flakes, stirring gently as they melt and become clear. Once the wax has melted, remove it from the heat and mix in the essential oil blend, stirring thoroughly, then place the funnel into the jar—don’t worry if you have to move the wick a little to the side—and pour the wax through it to fill. Reposition your wick, then let your candle sit harden for 24 hours.
Clean your funnel and wooden spoon by setting them into your saucepan on low heat until the wax melts off, then wiping with a paper towel—you can wipe off the inside of the saucepan this way, as well.
Once your candle is set, simply snip the end of the wick to remove the spoon and voila: Your own unique candle, with your signature scent! Throw on a label and a lid, and this candle makes a great gift, too. It may not be quite as beautiful as the Cellar Door Candles hat we feature in our Shop, but it’s the thought that counts, right?
*I also stole this photo from the candle-making experience. Thanks, Katie!
Have you ever tried making a candle? We’d love to hear how it went—in comments, please!
Summer’s over—so why are you still using that lightweight moisturizer? As the weather changes from warm and humid to brisk and dry, your skincare should transition, too. And for that, my friends, you need argan oil.
But not just any Argan oil! Fair trade, organic, made in Morocco, Amal Argan Oil is extracted by hand from argan seeds in a time- and labor-intensive process that takes about 20 hours to produce one liter of oil. It’s fragrance and preservative free—as perfect as nature intended.
Rich in vitamin E and boasting one of the highest absorption rates of any natural oil, argan is super hydrating but won’t clog your pores. Argan is a miracle worker to remedy the effects of too much sun (and too little sunscreen). It can soothe eczema and psoriasis—and if you’re pregnant, it makes a perfect stretch mark cream. You can also massage Amal Argan Oil into the ends of dry hair as a treatment, onto your nails to prevent cracked cuticles, and on lips to keep them soft and smackable. Gorgeous!
What do you use argan for? Leave us a comment, thanks
Check out the beautiful—and totally sustainable—dresses (Vaute Couture and ecoSkin) that LOVE GOODLY founders Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller wore to our recent Los Angeles Business Journal photo shoot.
Katie’s wearing ecoSkin’s Carmen dress in Columbia—that’s green, in fashionspeak—which is made of woven Tencel, a fabric made from eucalyptus.
Both ladies are wearing nail polish courtesy of the sleek new Greige LVX Polish—the perfect blend of gray and brown for the fall transition—which is “big five” free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene and camphor.
And they got just a hint of lip color from Hurraw! Black Cherry vegan lipgloss. Love!
What’s your favorite eco fashion label or sustainable beauty line? Please leave us a comment, thanks!
Excerpt from Jasmin Malik Chua’s article for Ecouterre about LOVE GOODLY: Justine Lassoff and Katie Bogue Miller may have sold off their “Gilt for eco-fashion” a year after its inception, but that hasn’t stemmed their desire to spread healthy and conscious living to the masses. The duo’s latest brainwave? Love Goodly, a subscription box that delivers natural, eco-friendly products and samples to your doorstep for $35—or less, depending on your plan—every other month. Each crate promises to be packed full of organic, vegan-friendly treats.
To read the full article, you can find it here: http://www.ecouterre.com/love-goodly-an-eco-chic-subscription-box-with-a-cause/
It’s fitting that Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture should introduce our brand-new Talk the Walk section, where we get up close and personal with influencers who have moved mountains to realize their vision of conscious living. She also designed our exclusive tank for sale in our Shop with 100% of proceeds support our cause partner Farm Sanctuary.
We caught up with the vegan eco fashion designer at the opening of her pop-up in Venice, CA where Vaute Couture is in residence now through October 21st.
In 2008, Leanne walked away from a Ford Modeling career and full-ride MBA program at DePaul University to follow her dream of creating the unthinkable: A vegan and sustainable fashion company. Using recycled and recyclable fabrics and local production, Vaute Couture launched in 2009 with one perfect coat.
After opening her Williamsburg store in 2012, Vaute Couture became the first cruelty-free eco fashion label to show at New York Fashion Week the following year—and CNN called Leanne the “rebel of Fashion Week.” This woman is our kind of rebel: Instead of changing to suit the world, she challenged the world to follow suit.
Case in point? The Venice pop-up, where we discovered cool fanny packs from local designer Hipsters for Sisters, plus the cutest Insecta upcycled fabric shoes! Of course, we were already obsessed with Vaute Couture’s organic tank and T’s, and, waxed canvas jackets and hats made from upcycled plastic bottles. Check the Eco Makeover section to see what we took home!
If you’re in LA, visit the Vaute Couture pop up at 1306 Abbott Kinney Boulevard now through October 21st. Discover more about the brand at www.VauteCouture.com.
What are your favorite eco vegan fashion labels? Please share in comments, thanks!
I’m already a mom, but I don’t know that I’ve ever been prouder than a few weeks ago, when we beta-launched LOVE GOODLY at an event benefitting Farm Sanctuary and hosted by Tuesdaynights, the women’s networking group that I co-founded. It was like watching my two favorite children play together in the sandbox!
I started Tuesdaynights, with my longtime friend Melinda Moore, because women still—still!—make just 73 cents to every dollar a man earns. According to Smashd, there are more CEOs named John than there are female CEOs in the top 1,500 American companies. (Where do people get these statistics?!?) It just made sense to create a place where female entrepreneurs and executives can network and learn from each other, so we can change that statistic. Stat.
Hosted by the amazing Liz Heller, with Kym Gold, cofounder of True Religion Jeans and author of The Gold Standard, as our inspiring speaker, we were thrilled to beta test the LOVE GOODLY site with this group of smart and savvy Tuesdaynights women—and to feature it as the first in our Cause + Event series!
And we were honored to involve Farm Sanctuary, one of LOVE GOODLY’s amazing non-profit partners and an organization that’s close to our hearts. Farm Sanctuary’s mission is to “protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.” Founded in 1986, today Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization, caring for animals at sanctuaries in New York, Northern and Southern California.
Farm Sanctuary is just one of the reasons that Katie and I decided to choose only vegan products for LOVE GOODLY. If you’re in Southern California, join us at this year’s Celebration for the Turkeys on November 15th! http://www.farmsanctuary.org/events/
How do you connect with other women to raise the bar? Comments, please!
Did you ever wonder what goes into making a candle? We did, too. To launch Inside Goods, where we explore what goes into making the conscious brands we’re obsessed with, we met up with the founder of Cellar Door Candles in Huntington Beach, CA, one of our featured brands, to get the scoop on the alchemy that is candle-making.
Because as we all know, there’s something magical about the miraculous combination of three fairly basic elements: wax, wick and scent. The perfect candle can transform a table into a celebration, a shelf into an altar, a bath into a spa—and a bedroom into a boudoir.
For centuries, candles were used to bring beautiful light into darkness. But many brought some not-so-pretty elements, too. Leaded wicks (now banned in the U.S.) and petroleum-based paraffin wax emit particulate matter that can pollute the air. Synthetic fragrances can be made up of hundreds of chemicals, many of which are highly hazardous when inhaled. You think smog is bad? Try lighting a poorly made candle and see how quickly you start to cough.
But we’re nixing all that nastiness. Made exclusively for LOVE GOODLY, Cellar Door’s vegan candles are scented with essential oils blended into pure, natural coconut and soy wax, and topped with an unbleached cotton wick.
Justine and I had so much fun creating the exclusive LOVE GOODLY Hyacinth fragrance! We spent about an hour identifying the pure essential oils we liked best and then experimenting with different blends until we found the perfect scent: A luxurious, clean floral with rustic green notes, topped with spikes of heather and a heart-note bouquet of hyacinth and gardenia. Close your eyes and inhale: It’s like walking through the English moors into a warm and sensual French garden.
Each Cellar Door candle is hand-poured with love and in addition to our beloved Hyacinth, LOVE GOODLY is also proud to offer vegan versions of their most popular scents: Tokyo Citrus and French Lavender. Seriously, we love these candles so much we have them burning in every room!
Do you know what’s in your candles? Tell us about it, in comments!