Monday, April 14, 2014

Orange Candles

I found two different examples of candles made out of oranges, one from 9gag and the other from Pinterest, and I wanted to test them against each other to see which would prevail. I figured these were cheaper than any Glade air freshener, since all you need are an orange and olive oil for one and an orange, whole cloves, and a tea light candle for the other. You will also need a sharp knife and a big spoon to help gut the oranges.

So which works the best? Olive oil vs. tea light cloves candle... place yer bets, folks!

We'll start with the tea light cloves candle - start by cutting the orange in half. Using your knife and spoon, remove the inside of the orange so all you're left with are two hallowed out oranges peels.

Take one half and cut out a small circle.

Flip it over and add your cloves around the circle. Be careful because it could easily tear!

Place a lit tea light candle inside the other half, place the cloves half on top, and voila! Your house will smell like the holidays! Needless to say, this one was a complete success.

TOTAL COSTS: About $10
$.99 for a navel orange
$4.50 for whole cloves (of which you only need 8-10)
$5 for 100 tea light candles at IKEA (of which you only need 1)

Half of that time was spent carving out the orange!

EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 2 out of 5
It's not difficult but you do want to be careful when using sharp knives and not hurting your fingers when pushing in the cloves.

Ok folks, lets give it up for our other contender: the olive oil orange candle

Just like before, cut the orange in half and scoop out the inside.

Make sure to leave the stem in tact and try not to get any olive oil on it when you're pouring it in.

Light the stem and voila!........ I said... voila!... ok, so after 10 matches and my house smelling like smoke, this didn't work one bit. I tried pouring out the olive oil and it still wouldn't catch. Maybe if you dry out the inside of the orange completely, it'll have a better chance of catching the flame but this one was busted for me.

$.99 for a navel orange
$1.99 for olive oil


EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult): 2 out of 5
The hardest part was trying to get the stem to catch fire. If you want to give it a try yourself, it doesn't take that long and you might have better luck!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, the first one works surprisingly well. I like to use them outside for ambiance, and in the vain hope that the mosquitoes don't like the citrus oil.