By Libbie Summers
Assisted by Candace Brower
It’s winter in Savannah, GA and that means beautiful citrus trees are heavy with fruit. Yellow grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes ripening all around me. From my window as I write this, I can see two orange trees and one particular clementine tree where a militant orange tabby cat stands guard daily.
I’ve been wanting to try my hand at an orange candle for awhile. Basically, I didn’t believe the flame would burn for 5-6 hours like I had read. And I wanted to see if it had wonderful citrus scent as it burned. So I put on an orange shirt to get in the mood and made 6. I made a little video too.
How To Make a Candle From An Orange
makes 2 candles
Ingredients/stuff you’ll need:
1 orange (preferably with a thick skin)
Grapefruit spoon (0ptional/you can use your hands just fine)
Olive oil or vegetable oil
Use the knife to cut the orange in half across the middle.
Use your fingers or a grapefruit knife to remove the flesh down to the skin, being sure to leave the middle stem like portion intact. (I was worried about it ripping out, but the worry wasn’t necessary. The “stem” is tough and won’t pull out easily.)
Let the oil filled candle sit for a few minutes before lighting with the lighter. Even then, it still takes a couple of minutes to keep the flame from extinguishing. But, once you get it lit, it will stay lit for….wait for it.
FIVE HOURS!!!!! And, as far as the scent goes. Think a homemade orange and olive oil body scrub. Just a slight citrus scent mixed with olive oil and something else you can’t quite put your finger on.
I will never throw away an orange rind again without illuminating it.
And now a little video to get you inspired!
Music: This Little Light of Mine
Artist: Bruce Springstein