How to Make a Candle Out of a Tangerine, Clementine or Satsuma


I am so excited to write this post because this is one of the coolest things I've ever learned - how to make a completely natural candle using only a Mandarin orange and a little vegetable oil.

How to Make a Candle Out of a Tangerine, Clementine or Satsuma

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You'll Need:

- a Mandarin orange (any tangerine, clementine or satsuma will do)
- a small knife
- vegetable oil (both olive oil and coconut oil have worked in my experience, so I assume any vegetable oil will work as well)
- essential oils (optional)
- a small bowl to hold the finished candle


Directions:

How to Make a Candle Out of a Tangerine, Clementine or Satsuma1. Cut horizontally around the center of the mandarin, just deep enough to get through the skin.

2. Carefully remove the top half of the peel (the side with the stem) from the fruit inside, making sure the pith inside remains attached to the skin. This is important.






How to Make a Candle Out of a Tangerine, Clementine or Satsuma
3. If the pith is frayed, gently twist it so that the fruit fibers are stuck together and stand up straight. This will become your candle wick.

4. Fill the peel with vegetable oil up to a centimeter below the pith, making sure to also soak the "wick." Add a few drops of essential oil for extra fragance if you want.

5. Place the peel in a small bowl to prevent it from tipping over and set it alight, and now you have a completely natural candle! The "wick" may take awhile to light since it could still be damp from the fruit juices, but with a little patience it will light eventually.





If you want to get really creative, carve a design into the other half of the peel and cap it over your candle.

How to Make a Candle Out of a Tangerine, Clementine or Satsuma
Make sure your design is large enough so the edges won't be burned by the flame. You can see here that my eight-pointed star is a little singed.
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This candle burns extremely clean and actually burns for a very long time, depending on how much oil the peel holds or how often you refill it.

This little project delights me to no end, because I love it when really beautiful and functional things can be made out of something so natural and simple. Have fun! And don't forget to eat the fruit too.

If you'd like to make a candle that lasts a little longer, check out this recipe for making candles using beeswax.

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