Keep the calm and serenity of the ocean close to you with these all-natural candles
Seashells are not only beautiful and fascinating; they can help us connect to the sea and to the energy of water. Water is an element closely linked to our emotions, and keeping shells close to us helps to open up and activate our sensitivity, intuition and creativity. Harness that creativity by crafting a collection of seashell candles using only a few ingredients. Perfect for altars and meditation spaces, these will soon become a welcome addition to your spiritual sanctuary.
DID YOU KNOW?
One of the main symbols for Greek goddess of love Aphrodite is the seashell
YOU’LL NEED: • Clean seashells • Beeswax pellets • Shea butter • Coconut wax • Candle wicking • Clean tin • Saucepan
1 Half fill a pan with boiling water and set on the stove to simmer. Put two parts beeswax, one part coconut wax and one part shea butter into a clean tin. Place the tin in the pan of water until the waxes melt, stirring occasionally with a wooden skewer.
2 Place your seashells on a flat plate, holding them level with blue tack. Cut pieces of the wick twice as high as the shells and put to one side. Once the wax has melted, remove the tin from the water and leave for a minute to cool without re-hardening.
3 Pour the melted wax into a seashell until it is 3mm from the top. Dip the wick into the centre of the wax and hold for a few seconds until the top of the wax skins over and grips it. Repeat for the rest of the seashells.
4 Leave the wax to harden completely, preferably overnight. Trim the wicks down to 5mm before lighting. Rest the seashell candles in a tray of sand and never leave them unattended while lit.
Mixing softer waxes into the beeswax will make for an easier burning candle with the great scent of honey