The smell of surf wax reminds me of home. My dad taught my brother and I how to surf at a very young age, and surfing has been something that has bonded my family for as long as I can remember.
Although it has many smells, the one that most people get reminded of when they smell surf wax is the beach. It’s sweet like coconut, and smells like an afternoon of sunny rays, sand and sea salt. This is a smell that will never, ever get old to me, so I wanted to make something that would allow my house to smell like summertime on the shore all year round: DIY surf wax candles.
What you need:
Surf Wax (3 bars per one medium sized candle)
Double Broiler (See how to make one here)
Candle Wicks (you can find these at any craft store)
I found some cute little ceramic bowls at a thrift store and decided to use those as my candle vessels. A little glass dish will work great too.
First, find a surfboard with old wax on it. If you don’t own one or have access to one, you can always use fresh surf wax.
My boards are back in Florida, but my uncle lives close by and he had one on deck that I could use.
Begin scraping off wax until you have enough that fills up your vessel, plus some more. The wax will melt down, so you definitely will need more than you think!
After you have acquired all your wax, make a double broiler and begin melting it down. If you chose to purchase surf wax, I suggest slicing it up into smaller chunks as it will be easier to melt. Use your wooden skewers to constantly stir the wax until it has melted down completely. The first candle I made was used with leftover wax which turned to a blue-grey color. The second and third one I made with newly purchased wax.
Once all of the wax is melted, place a candle wick in the center of the vessel and slowly pour the wax into the vessel, filling it up about 2/3rd of the way. Hold the wick in place until the wax begins to re-set.
Once the wax has cooled and set, you are finished! Light away and smell the shore :)
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