Fall is my favourite season and I was intrigued when I found out that the Simply Earth Recipe Box theme for October was going to be “Fall Candles”. As much as I love the season itself, I’m very picky with autumnal fragrances, namely candles as their fragrance can be overwhelming and artificial. I’m not into crazy cinnamon-esque fragrances (ironically, I’m making cinnamon buns tonight!) and even walking past Bath and Body Works in-between summer and Christmas makes me feel slightly ill so I was a little worried I wouldn’t like the oils included to make fall-inspired candles. Luckily for me, they’re all very light and fresh (even the Cassia, which is related to cinnamon!) and definitely have more of the notes I prefer in the fall! Additionally, I spent much of 2018 using up my stash of candles and decanting, if you will, the wax dregs and making my own mini mixture candles so I was excited to try some real candle making!
Simply Earth‘s Essential Oil Recipe Box is a monthly subscription service that provides fairly priced essential oils and other naturally-based extras for the recipient to create their own natural products! Each box follows a seasonally-inspired theme and is a perfect way if you’re looking to get started with essential oils, or to expand your collection and knowledge on what each one can be used for! In addition to prioritizing high quality, natural products, Simply Earth also gives 13% (as 13 is the average age of people who are forced into human trafficking) of their profits to different programs that help fight human trafficking. To see the boxes from previous months, you can check out all of my #eorecipebox posts HERE!
The oils included in October’s box are:
- Cassia: Cassia, one of the few essential oils mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, is known for its unmistakable aroma, calming properties, and countless health benefits. ($9.99 USD)
- Sweet Orange: Likely originating in China, the dried peels of the orange tree were used in ancient Chinese medicine to treat coughs and colds. Now Orange Essential Oil is used for its uplifting and comforting effect on mood while also being able to ease sore muscles and aid in digestion. It’s also been used for centuries as an all-natural degreaser. ($9.99 USD)
- Balsam Fir: During the American Civil War, Balsam Fir was one of the herbs used in the field to treat combat injuries. Native Americans also used the herb for ritual purposes, as an external treatment for burns, sores, and cuts, as well as relief for heart and chest pains. ($13.99)
- Focus: Having trouble staying on task? Use Focus Essential Oil Blend to help you avoid distractions and improve concentration when working on that big project or studying for that big test.
(Descriptions are from Simply Earth’s website)
The extras included in this month’s box are:
- Lip balm containers: Empty containers for your all-natural lip balm recipes ($0.50 USD)
- Soy wax
- Braided candle wick
- Stickers (for labelling!)
The first recipe I want to try is, of course, one of the candles! I decided to make the Cassia & Balsam Fir candle and repurposed a candle jar that I finished up earlier this year!
The first step was to pull out the trusty double-boiler again and melt down the soy wax, beeswax, and coconut oil!
After everything has melted, remove it from the stove and add the essential oils! One thing I love about being able to make the given recipes is I can tweak some a little if I like one scent more than another. For this one, I added a bit more Balsam Fir (which Simply Earth acquires from Canada!) and a bit less Cassia.
Then, just pour into the candle jar! I used a wire skewer to hold the wick in the middle while the wax hardened and it worked perfectly! My DIY candle has such a perfect fall scent without being too overwhelming! I think I want to track down some more soy wax and experiment with making different combinations of essential oil candles… they would make perfect Christmas gifts!
Since I already had the double-boiler out, I made the lip balm recipe as well!
This process was super similar to the candle, but without the soy wax and a bit of sweet almond oil instead.
The limp balm is scented with the Simply Earth Focus blend which features lemongrass and Frankincense in the mixture. I was surprised by how easy it was, and I feel very fancy with my homemade lip balm! It smells like a spa and works pretty well too!
For $39 a month, the Simply Earth Recipe Box is a fun way to be introduced to the world of essential oils while getting some fun, customizable DIY projects! If you use my code (EHDREEAHNAHFREE) when you subscribe to the recipe box, you will also receive a $40 USD gift card to use towards any products on their website, or a future box!
Disclaimer: I received the Simply Earth October Recipe Box at no cost in exchange for an honest review. I was given no monetary compensation to write this post but have been an assigned an affiliate link. If you choose to click any (like THIS ONE) I will receive store credit only if the visit results in a purchase. If you have any questions regarding my experience with SE, please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them as best as I can!
Thanks so much for reading this post! I hope you are having a wonderful start to the fall season! 🙂